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The New Cathedral was built bet­ween 1761 and 1781 with en­do­w­ments from the people of Lleida, King Carlos III and Bishop Joa­quín Sánchez. Built in the ba­ro­que style with hints of Fren­ch academic neoclassicism, it is located in the middle of the Eix Comercial, in front of the Old Hospital of Santa Maria.

A staircase leads to three ar­ched doorways fitted with iron gates and flanked on each side by towers. Inside, the nave and two aisles are lined with slim Corin­thian columns su­pporting roun­ded arches. The choir, crea­ted in the Baroque style by Lluís Bo­nifas Massó, was destroyed du­ring the Spanish Ci­vil War (1936 - 1939).

The Cathedral houses a sculp­tu­re by Josep Obiols of Our Lady of Montserrat, the patron saint of the dioceses of Ca­talonia, whom pilgrims visit each year on 27 April when the saint is celebrated. Also ce­le­bra­ted on 2 Fe­brua­ry of each year is the feast of the Verge del Blau (or Bruised Virgin), named be­cau­se of the damage done when its sculptor, finding that his appren­tice had completed the work to a higher artistic stan­dard than his own, threw a ha­m­mer at the finished work.

The New Cathedral is also home to the Chapter Archive, re­garded as the richest ec­cle­sias­tical ar­chive in Catalonia, with a co­llec­tion of more than 13,000 books, 16,000 parchments and countless codices and ear­ly ma­nus­cripts. One of the jewels in the collection is the Lleida Bi­ble, an historic illuminated co­dex and the largest of the an­cient Spa­nish bibles in exis­ten­ce. The­re is also a periodicals library, a music archive and a collection of maps and pho­to­gra­phs.

Schedule
  • Monday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sundays and holidays: 09:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Schedule of Cathedral Archive 

  • From Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Schedule of masses
  • Working days: 11:00 a.m
  • Saturdays and eves: 11:00 a.m.
  • Sunday and public holidays: 12:00 p.m. (catalan) and 7:00 p.m (spanish).
Entrance fee
  • Free entry.
  • The guided visit can be done through the Lleida City Tour, organized by Lleida Tourism board, every Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

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