The main cathedral sits on the site of an older cathedral completed in 1260 which burned down in 1596.
Reconstruction was not started until 1776. It was initially supervised by the architect Vicente Acero who had also built the Granada Cathedral, but Acero left the project and was succeeded by several other architects.
As a result, this largely baroque-style structure was built over a period of 116 years and, due to its drawn-out period of construction, the cathedral underwent several major changes to its original design. Though the cathedral was originally intended to be a baroque edifice, it contains rococo elements and was finally completed in the neoclassical style.
The aforementioned composer Manuel de Falla is encrypted inside.