The Stunning Cathedral of Seville, Spain

The Stunning Cathedral of Seville, Spain

This week, I am continuing my coverage of the sights in Seville, Spain. You can find links to my previous posts on my trip to Spain here. Catedral de SevilleAs I was leaving through the arched doorway of the Real Alcazar, I spotted the massive Seville Cathedral through further down the cobblestone side street lined with orange trees. Even from afar, I could pick out the impressive Gothic details mingling with what remained of the original Moorish structure. Seville Cathedral, Andalusia, Spain The cathedral sits on the site of what once a great mosque built by the Almohads in the late 12th Century. The bell tower, known as the Giralda, and the Patio de los Naranjos (Patio of the Oranges) are what remain of the mosque, and the Gothic cathedral that was built beginning in 1401 complements the Moorish style surprisingly well. The cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and the third largest church in the world. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. Exterior of the Seville Cathedral, Andalusia, Spain Exterior of the Seville Cathedral, Andalusia, Spain   Entrance to the Seville Cathedral, Andalusia, Spain The interior of the cathedral is just as stunning as the exterior, if not moreso. I was amazed with the detailed work in the ceilings along what is the longest nave of any cathedral in Spain. The space was impressive and rich with detail. Interior of the Seville Cathedral, Andalusia, Spain   Interior of the Seville Cathedral, Andalusia, Spain   Seville Cathedral Stained Glass WindowThe tomb of Christopher Columbus is just off the center of the nave. His remains were originally entombed in the cathedral in Havana, Cuba, but were moved to Seville in 1902 during the Cuban revolution. The authenticity of the remains in Seville were disputed, and DNA tests confirmed in 2006 that the tomb in Seville’s cathedral are indeed those of the great explorer. Tomb of Christopher Columbus, Seville Cathedral, Andalusia, Spain As part of the admission to the cathedral, visitors can climb to the top of the Giralda, the bell tower, which was originally the minaret of the mosque. Christian symbols were added to the top of the existing structure along with the bells, but the main part of the tower remains unchanged from its Moorish times. The climb is not up a long winding staircase. Instead, a series of ramps leads visitors to the top, with plenty of alcove windows along the way to take a rest and snap some great pictures over the city. The best views are from the top, however.  Bell Tower, Seville Cathedral, Andalusia, Spain   View from Giralda Bell Tower, Seville Cathedral, Andalusia, SpainAfter taking in the breathtaking views from the Giralda, visitors can wander through the Patio de los Naranjos, filled with the scent of fresh greenery and citrus. The details are just as intricate in beautiful in this courtyard as they are throughout the rest of the impressive cathedral. Patio de los Naranjos, Seville Cathedral, Andalusia, Spain   Giralda from Patio de los Naranjos, Seville Cathedral, Andalusia, SpainIf you’d like to visit the Seville Cathedral and the Giralda, the hours and admission prices are listed below.

July and August: From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rest of year, from Monday to Saturday: From 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays and Public Holidays: From 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The cathedral is closed: 1 and 6 January, 20 and 22 March, 26 May, 15 August and 8 and 25 December. General entrance ticket: 8 €. Admission to the Cathedral and the Giralda. Reduced Price Entry: 3 € (pensioners, officially unemployed people, Seville residents, and students, with identification.) Free entry: Sundays, disabled people, officially unemployed people, children under 12 years old, and groups who have previously requested it.

Have any of you been to the Seville Cathedral? What were you most impressed with? If you haven’t been, would you like to go?


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  • Ace CB – @ Life in Dutch

    Wow, wow, wow. These are gorgeous pictures – thanks for sharing!

    • Megan Joy

      Thanks, Ace! I had such a great time wandering around the cathedral that day. It really is a work of art.

  • Eternally WanderLyn

    Wow! Your photos are simply stunning! The cathedral looks amazing and you captured its beauty very well. I hope to see it in person some day. 🙂

    • Megan Joy

      Thank you, Lynsey! I was amazed at all the detail in the workmanship. It is absolutely breathtaking!

  • Kate Norris

    Gorgeous! Putting this on my list of places to visit! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Megan Joy

      Thanks, Kate! You should definitely check it out. Granada, Cordoba, and Malaga are all worth a visit as well if you’re ever in Andalusian Spain.

      • Kate Norris

        Looks like we will most likely be in that area later on this year so I will definitely put them on our list! 😀

        • Megan Joy

          The Alhambra in Granada was my absolute favorite. Definitely a must-see if you need to keep your list short.

          • Kate Norris

            Yeah, not sure yet how much time we will have but I just put stars all around that one in my notebook so I know 😉 Thanks!

  • Alex Fahey

    I am always so impressed at how much detail goes into these cathedrals. I can’t even imagine how long it would take to make something like this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Megan Joy

      This one took a century to build, which was considered pretty fast, especially considering this cathedral’s size. I was especially impressed with the ceilings in this one.

  • Food Booze & Baggage

    That view is amazing! Is that an orange tree out front…for some reason fruit trees always stand out to me and make a place seem more exotic. I like your new social media buttons…did you design them yourself?

    • Megan Joy

      Yes, there were orange trees everywhere! They smelled so good, but apparently they are not the type you eat. I designed my social media buttons on PicMonkey. I’m glad you like them!

  • Debbie Tom

    What amazing pictures you were able to capture. My oldest daughter went on a school English trip to several European Countries, Spain was one of them 🙂 she loves it. She didn’t take great pics like you though. Have a great day. #SITSSpringFling

    • Megan Joy

      Thanks, Debbie! How fantastic that your daughter was able to take a trip like that.

  • Megan

    I’ve never been to Spain, but it is on my list. (I guess everywhere I haven’t been is “on my list”. Ahem.) I had no idea the cathedral in Seville is so big. Thanks for the virtual tour!

    • Megan Joy

      I visited cathedrals in four Andalusian cities that week, and this one was by far my favorite. I hope you are able to make it there to check it out yourself!

  • Polly

    Whoa. Love this, especially the orange trees everywhere. Gahh, give me some tropical weather!

    • Megan Joy

      November was pretty dreary here in Germany, so seeing all the beautiful trees and blue skies in southern Spain was a nice break. It was gorgeous!

  • Erica @ thebartlettsabroad

    It looks so impressive!!!

    • Megan Joy

      It definitely is, Erica. I almost skipped Seville on that trip, but I’m so glad I didn’t. This cathedral alone is worth a trip!

  • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe

    Kicking myself that we didn’t make it to Seville while living in Spain. Just not enough time! Beautiful photos!!

    • Megan Joy

      Sounds like you need to make a trip back! 😉

  • zonemom

    It’s definitely quite stunning. Beautiful photos. I’ve never been, but Spain is on our bucket list. #SITSBlogging

    • Megan Joy

      Thanks! Andalusian Spain was at the very top of my list when I moved to Europe. I was not disappointed.

  • LifeOutside of Texas

    Spain is really high on my list. It’s just so gorgeous. I’ve always been curious about Seville since college when I had to watch a series of videos based out of Seville for my Spanish class. Your pictures make me want to visit even more.

    • Megan Joy

      I was there the last week in November. Can you imagine how beautiful it must be in spring or summer? I’d love to go back to see all of the flowers and trees at their peak. I’m glad you enjoyed my pictures!

  • Elizabeth A. Araujo

    My goodness… amazing! I’ve never traveled out of the States but I definitely hope to within my lifetime. I’d love to travel to Spain and Italy. So much history and art! I know I’d love it and never want to leave.

    • Megan Joy

      It really is amazing. I am a history and culture nerd, so this trip was a great way for me to kick off my European adventures. I do hope that you are able to see it yourself someday!

  • Seana Turner

    That is really stunning. I bet the sheer scale of the cathedral is even more impressive in person. And it looks like you were there on a beautiful day – sigh….

    • Megan Joy

      Thanks, Seana! It was impossible to get a photo that would convey the actual size of the cathedral, but I sure did try from several different angles. It’s gorgeous both inside and out, and the weather really cooperated.

  • Bonnie Rose

    Amazing. I love all the details of the cathedral, including those stained glass windows and the bells. Thank you for linking up for Travel Tuesday last week and looking forward to seeing your post this week!

    • Megan Joy

      Thanks, Bonnie! I am always amazed at the detail achieved without the benefit of all of our modern technology. This is REAL artistry.