Sevilla travel guide


Sevilla Travel Guide

Sevilla Cathedral

The construction of the "Catedral de Santa María de la Sede", commonly known as “Sevilla Cathedral”, which has a Gothic style, began in 1402 and finished in 1506. It was constructed in the place of an imposing mosque to show the city’s power. This splendorous monument is the third largest church in the world after St. Paul's Cathedral in London, and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Along with other famous buildings, such as “Real Alcazar” and the “Archivo general de Indias” it was declared as a “World Heritage Building” by UNESCO in 1987.

Sevilla Cathedral This monument covers an area of 11,520 square meters, where two parts of the mosque were preserved, the Giralda, a minaret, and the Moorish entrance court. The entrance to the cathedral is on the South side by the “Puerta de San Cristobal”, just inside of which the tomb of “Cristobal Colón”, transferred from Cuba to Sevilla in 1902, is located. The monumental tomb has a Romantic style and there are doubts about the authenticity of these remains, which is why a DNA test is currently underway.

Visitors get surprised by the huge interior of the cathedral because gold is everywhere, and yet, there is a certainly sense of simplicity in the decoration. In the centre we find the great structure of the “coro” that contains complex 15th- century “Coro” stalls. After the “coro”, the beautiful “Capilla Mayor” can be seen, which attracts people by a splendid “Gothic retablo”. In the northeast corner, the domed “Capilla Real” can be seen, which opens sometimes, and left of this chapel the entry to the marvelous Moorish minaret called The “Giralda” is located, which is now the cathedral's bell tower. Other attractions of the awesome cathedral are wonderful paintings and sculptures of remarkable quality.

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