Temple of the High Altar
The vaults of the high altar are unique and quite impressive.
The high altar consists of a neoclassical temple dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.
Around the perimeter of the temple stand a number of chapels, which were once used to house the workshops required to craft and built the temple.
The presbytery of the high altar (the area of a church building reserved for the clergy) has a circular floor plan. Inside the high altar there is a shaped shrine supported by paired Corinthian columns.
The high altar is built in gray Carrara marble with red veins and bronze capitals.
It was constructed by Juan de la Vega according to the original design of architect Manuel Machuca.
Inside is a Renaissance style sculpture, in bronze and silver, created by the sculptor Juan Rosado at the end of XIX century.
On top it is located a statue of Inmaculada Concepción of XVII century created by Francisco Villega.
Note: Most of the Cathedrals, churches, museums, etc. do not like people to do flash photography. Some even go so far as to forbid it. They say that the flash damages the subject, particularily if you are shooting a painting. You therefore have to have a lens with a decently large aperture (opening through which light travels) to capture the light. f2.8, and below, lenses are wonderful for low light areas. f2 or f1.8 are even better but as aperture size increases so does the price. Most EOS cameras today have a setting that restricts the flash from firing. My Nikon's have an Auto ISO feature which helps the camera adjust to the correct lighting (Canon has only a limited ISO feature which is one reason I shoot with my Nikon more than my Canon, but usually I still have to use PhotoShop to bring out the detail in the shadows. - Just in case you were wondering. ;>)
Cathedral de Cadiz