OLD ALICANTE

The Old city isn’t big since powers were taken over in its history a lot of times. Our profesora Silvia run a short guided tour, and I am grateful for that. Besides the narrow and meandering old streets there are lot of interesting examples of an old architecture, I’m not an expert, but I think it’s Spanish baroque. The most impressive of them all without doubt is Concathedral of Saint Nicholas de Barri. Concathedral it is called because the cathedral is a seat of  two dioceses, that of Alicante and of Orihuela.

The Concatedral de San Nicolás de Bari (Co-cathedral of San Nicolas of Bari) is the seat of the Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante. The cathedral was erected between 1613 and 1662 over an ancient mosque, based on a design by Agustín Bernardino.

The Concatedral de St. Nicolás de Bari is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of Spanish Baroque. Both the interior and exterior are rather sober. However, there are a few treasures inside, including the Retablo de las Animas (Nicolás Borrás, 1574), the Cristo de la Buena Muerte (Nicolás de Bussi, s. XVII) and a canopy of Italian marble and jasper dated 1688.

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I was not insolent enough to photograph the inside of cathedral, but it has very beautiful dome. You can see it here

http://www.stay.com/alicante/attractions/20384/concatedral-de-san-nicolas-de-bari/

But st. Mary’s church is the oldest active church in Alicante. Basilica of Santa Maria (Basílica de Santa María) is a Gothic style church, erected between the 14th and 16th centuries over the remains of a mosque. The facade boasts a beautiful Baroque sculptural work by Juan Bautista Borja.

An interesting mix of styles can be found inside the Basilica of Santa Maria, where the altar is rococo and the baptistery is attributed to the school of Michelangelo.

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