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Oratorio de La Santa Cueva

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Address: Calle Rosario s/n, 11004 Cadiz, Spain
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+34 956 22 22 62

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Two chapels: the first austere, reflective of the cross, originally a cave; the second a beautiful celebration of the arts with some wonderful paintings by Goya, acquired by the... read more

Reviewed 24 February 2017
Jo W
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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Two chapels: the first austere, reflective of the cross, originally a cave; the second a beautiful celebration of the arts with some wonderful paintings by Goya, acquired by the priest who had inherited money and wanted to share this with his congregation while he lived simply. He also commissioned Hayden's "the last 7 words of Jesus Christ" which was first... More 

Thank Jo W
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

this is a very special hidden church on rosario, on 3 floors. it was free on sunday. the upstairs part is exquisitely ornate with reliefs and 5 goya frescos. just perfect on a rainy day. the haydn music just adds perfectly to the overall atmosphere. not to be missed

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London UK
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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

The beauty of the oratorio is quite spellbinding. Although ornate there is restraint and great creativity evident in the beauty of this place. It is quite unique.

Thank seangriffin
Charleston, South Carolina
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369 reviews
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

Quite a site! The lower Penitential Chapel is stark and basically unadorned while the upper Eucharist Chapel has jasper & silver columns, beautiful murals, and below the architrave 3 paintings by Goya. All this in a quite small chapel is quite stunning and some what over powering. An interesting history of the religious development in Cadiz from the early 1700s.... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

We found this place quite by accident because we were intrigued by the advertisement of Goya paintings at the entrance. Inside there are two chapels. The one on the lower level was created from a cave and is intended for silent prayer as befits its austere appearance. The upper chapel was built after Father Santamaria inherited the family fortune and... More 

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Reviewed 5 October 2016

This church is located on a narrow lane squeezed in among shop and apartment doorways. It was the noticeable sculpted facade images and pilasters at the side of an old door and colorful tourist banner that confirmed we were at the "cave" church. Also, look for the sign attached to the outside wall which shows the names of famous artists... More 

Thank retireeVancouver
Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

A special place to visit in Cadiz. You can see some Murillo's painting and hear amazing anecdotes about the city and the church. There is an image of the pregnant Virgen Mary.

Thank Chus M
Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

I went for the Goyas, and they are nothing to get excited about. Compared with the Black Paintings in the Prado and the amazing angels on the ceiling of the Parroquias de San Antonio de la Florida y San Pio X (also in Madrid), these paintings are nothing special. The story of this church is interesting (the lower floor began... More 

Thank Macloo
Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2015

We wanted to see the Goya frescoes which are in the church on the second floor. There is a room downstairs which was originally a cave. The building itself is beautiful with stunning staircas

Thank LindaBamford
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 November 2015

We went to find this chapel as soon as we arrived in Cadiz in case it closed at lunchtime, which it does, but it also reopens in the afternoon. Entry is 3 euros each. The downstairs chapel is gloomy and dull, the upstairs chapel with the Goya paintings is sumptuous and ornate. The centralised space has eight alabaster columns spaced... More 

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