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Costa de la Luz Sightseeings

Catedral de Cadiz
Location Plaza Catedral, City Cadiz,
Phone 95-628-61-54
Price Admission: 4 Euros
This gold-domed baroque peacock by architect Vicente Acero has a neoclassical interior dominated by an outstanding apse. Construction began in 1720 but the cathedral wasn't completed until 1838. The tomb of Cádiz-born composer Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) lies in a splendid crypt. Haydn composed Seven Last Words for this cathedral, which was the last great cathedral erected in Spain financed by riches from the New World. It is still laden with a treasure trove that includes the Custodia del Millón, a monstrance set with a million precious stones. On-site is a museum filled with art and more treasures. Much of the gold, silver, and precious jewels on show here came from the New World. Note Enrique de Arfe's processional cross, which is carried through the streets in the annual Corpus Christi parades.

Next door is the church, glesia de Santa Cruz, Plaza Fray Félix (tel. 95-628-77-04), which was the original cathedral, built in the 1200s. The invading British destroyed this cathedral vieja in 1592 but it has been rebuilt. The cathedral is open Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 1pm and 5:30 to 8:30pm, Friday from 9am to 1:30pm and 5:30 to 8pm, and Sunday from 10:30am to 1pm and 6:15 to 7:30pm. Admission is free.

In back of the cathedral, whose technical name is La Catedral de San Salvador, are found the unimpressive ruins of what was once a mammoth Teatro Romano (tel. 95-620-33-68) entered at Campo del Sur. It is open daily from 10am to 2pm; admission is free.



El Oratorio de la Santa Cueva
Address Calle Rosario 10A, Cadiz
Phone 95-622-22-62
Price Admission 2.50 Euros
Often neglected by visitors, this neoclassical oratory was constructed in 1780 and is attached to a church, Iglesia del Rosario. At the complex there is a Capilla Baja (lower chapel) and a rather lavish, oval Capilla Alta (upper chapel). The upper chamber is the most interesting. Here, three of the chapel's eight arches frame Goya's paintings The Guest at the Wedding, The Last Supper, and The Miracle of the Loaves and the Fishes. Although this art is reason enough to visit, if you also want to see the subterranean chapel, take the steps that lead downstairs. Here you'll find a Crucifixion sculpture, an 18th-century work believed to have inspired Joseph Haydn to write the score of Seven Last Words for the Catedral de Cádiz.

Museo de Cadiz
Location Plaza de Mina s/n, Cadiz
Phone 95-620-33-71
Price Admission 1.50 Euros
This museum is housed in two different buildings, one a former Franciscan convent, the other a contemporary structure. It has three sections, two devoted to archaeology and fine arts, plus an ethnological collection. Among the ancient relics, the most intriguing collection is a series of two 5th-century B.C. Phoenician sarcophagi carved into human likenesses. Depicting both a man and a woman, these tombs were copied by Greek artists after Egyptian models. There is also an intriguing collection of rare Phoenician jewelry and (mostly) headless Roman statues. The Fine Arts Department is rich in 17th-century Spanish painting, and is known especially for its works by Zurbarán. Dating from the peak of his mastery between 1630 and 1640, these 21 magnificent paintings of angels, saints, and monks were brought here from a Carthusian monastery in Jerez de la Frontera and are today the pride of Cádiz. Zurbarán was at his best when painting his Quartet of Evangelists. Murillo and Ribera are among the other old Spanish masters represented. In the ethnological section, the folklore of the province lives again in the Tía Norica puppet theater, with its props and characters that have delighted young and old for years.

Museo de Las Cortés de Cadiz
Address Calle Santa Inés 9, Cadiz
Phone 95-622-17-88
Price Free admission
This is the city's history museum, its chief exhibit being a big, detailed model of Cádiz as it looked in the 1700s at the height of its glory. It was made in mahogany and marble for King Carlos III, and is so fascinating it makes the museum worth a visit even if you don't look at the other exhibitions. The museum also has exhibits relating to the declaration of the Spanish constitution in 1812, including the original documents and a mural of the declaration.

Oratorio de San Felipe Neri
Address Calle Santa Inés 38, Cadiz
Phone 95-621-16-12
Price Admission 2.50 Euros
If you head up Calle San José from Plaza de la Mina, you come to one of the city's finest baroque churches where the country's first liberal constitution was declared in 1812. The Cortés (Parliament) met here to reform the government, which at the time was under the control of Joseph Bonaparte, stooge of his brother Napoleon. Inside the oval-shaped interior, the main work of art, an Immaculate Conception by Murillo, is displayed over the main altar. The church is crowned by a vast cupola.
Torre Tavira-Cámara Obscura
Address Marqués del Real Tesoro 10, Cadiz
Phone 95-621-29-10
Price Admission 3.50 Euros adults, 2.80 Euros students and children
During the 18th- and early-19th-century heyday of Cádiz's monopoly of trade with the New World, wealthy merchants throughout Cádiz competed for the first views of their ships returning home. To facilitate this, many of the city's merchants added towers as observation platforms to their homes and businesses, sometimes stationing eagle-eyed employees who constantly scanned the surrounding seas for returning ships as well as for French or English invaders.
One of the tallest of these, Torre Tavira, has installed an industrial-style metal staircase that allows visitors, after a lung-wrenching journey, to reach the top of one of the original towers. You'll pay an admission fee at the base. Once on top, you'll be treated to an explanation in English of the Cámara Obscura, formed of a pipe, a magnifying lens, and a concave-shaped drum, about 1.5m to 1.8m (5-6 ft.) in diameter, that's covered in nonreflective white canvas. By manipulating the direction of the lens, the operator can give the audience a surprisingly clear view over the top of the city.

And then there's that horrific descent back down the steel staircase to the street.
After visiting Torre Tavira, head southeast for a couple of blocks to visit Plaza de Topete, where caged birds sing and the flower stalls of the Mercado Central (Central Market) bloom flamboyantly. Locals call the square Plaza de las Flores (Plaza of the Flowers)