Burgos CathedralCloisters, Burgos Cathedral

We stayed in Burgos on our May 2015 trip. Our friend, Christopher, beat us to it, he did send some photos to wet my interest.

Burgos was the first real capital of Castile from 951 to 1492.

Construction of its enormous cathedral was begun in 1221 using the new Gothic style, drawings of which had been brought from Northern France by Bishop Maurice the Englishman. Construction continued over the years, with the best craftsman being brought from Flanders, the Rhineland and Burgundy, in some cases working on it for 3 generations. Probably most stunning are the star-shaped domes of the transept and the Constables’ chapel. The cathedral was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.

From the vestibule of the New Sacristy (Sacristía Nueva) inside the cathedral, richly decorated in Baroque style, a doorway leads into the two-story 13th century Cloister (Claustro), which contains a number of notable tombs, including that of Ferdinand III and his wife Beatrice of Swabia.

OF special interest to us were the cloisters. There are ornate, but different in that they were closed in with glass.

Burgos Cathedral Cloisters

The cloisters, are on two floors, has rib vaulted ceiling throughout.  The cloisters are closed in with glass. The upper level is grander in appearance than the lower level.