Situated side by side, the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel (Capilla Real) together make an impressive monument to the power of Christian monarchs in Andalucia. The cavernous cathedral houses paintings by Ribera and El Greco; the remains of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragón are interred within the chapel’s shrine.The Basics
As two of Granada’s most notable architectural landmarks, the Cathedral and Royal Chapel feature in many guided sightseeing tours of the city. Those interested in learning more about the political and religious significance of the buildings, as well as their architectural and artistic details, can take an in-depth guided tour led by a professional art historian.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- The Cathedral and Royal Chapel are must-sees for anyone hoping to better understand Granada’s tumultuous religious history.
- You can opt for a private and or group tour.
- Both the Cathedral and Royal Chapel charge entrance fees for cultural visits.
- Remember to dress respectfully—these are active places of worship.
The cathedral complex, including the Royal Chapel, is located in the historic city center. Get there by taking the LAC city bus (C1, C2, SN1, or SN4) or by taxi.When to Get There
The cathedral and chapel are both open daily, with reduced hours on Sundays. The facilities are closed to sightseers during daily mass, though worshipping visitors are welcome to attend. Both the Taking of Granada (January 2) and Columbus Day (October 12) are celebrated at the Royal Chapel.The Sacristy-Museum
When visiting the Royal Chapel of Granada, don’t miss the ecclesiastical museum within. The collection highlights the religious devotion of Spain’s monarchs through a series of religious paintings, garments, and objects.