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. As 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. 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. 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. The 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. 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. After 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. If you’d like to visit the Seville Cathedral and the Giralda, the hours and admission prices are listed below.
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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