It could be called the Cathedral of flowers. More than 400 gilded wooden roses bloom in the vaults of the cathedral. It looks like a celestial garden. There, high up, more than 15 meters above us, different flowers together with their arabesques, their shields, and their apparent fragility hang from the ribs of the Gothic ceiling.
And below, the artist’s statement runs through the temple – half graffiti, half declaration of love: “So beautiful. You are my friend, and in you, there are no defects. Oh Lord, your house is built on solid rock …”: Year 1531.
The cathedral of Barbastro was built to help the city recover its status as Episcopal See. They made great efforts to build on the remains of the old church, which in turn rested on a mosque, a magnificent building with more surprises inside than outside. The best artisans were called to build it – among them the sculptor Damián Forment, who together with his assistants, made the main altar in alabaster.