Santa Cruz Cathedral is the cities main architectural attraction. This spectacular religious building was built between 1722 and 1838, and has been Cadiz’s epicenter ever since. It was first known as the Cathedral of the Americas since it was financed with the spoils of the conquering of the New World.
The cathedral was built almost on the beach in substitution of the cities old cathedral that had fallen into disrepair. The city of Cádiz also wanted to show off its newly acquired relevance in 1717, when it became the countries main port, instead of Seville.