Seu Vella Cathedral

Also known as El Castell de Lleida (Lleida Castle), the Seu Vella Cathedral is one of the most iconic symbols of the Segriá region. Without a doubt, it is a wonderful place to spend a day, either as a couple or with the family. That way, you can take your time and appreciate all the details hidden inside.

It was built between the 13th and 15th centuries on the ruins of an old mosque, although before the mosque, a even older Christian cathedral stood on this site. In 1707 it was used as a military headquarters by King Philip V of Spain.

It’s located close to Calle Major on top of the Turó de Lleida, a hill from which you can see the whole city and a large part of the Segriá region.

The cathedral was built in the Romanesque style, although its pointed ribbed vaults are Gothic, so Romanesque forms sit side by side with Gothic monumentalism. The cloister is particularly spectacular and affords the visitor fine views of the entire city: a truly a wonderful sight. Inside, the cloister is full of ornamentation and large stained glass windows that create an amazing interplay of light and shadow.

Another feature to take a look at are the capitals that support it, particularly the Atlante capital that supports a rose window and the interior capital with animal motifs.

Spread around the interior of the Seu Vella Cathedral is a large collection of fifteen Flemish tapestries dating from the 16th century that depict biblical, mythological and courtly scenes.

If you’d like to visit the area and you need somewhere to park, you’ll find a Saba public car park at Lleida Train Station on Calle Príncep de Viana. This car park is open 24 hours a day and also has VIA-T available at entry and exit.