If you are here for more than two days, I recommend visiting the Cathedral on one day, and then visiting the Alcazar on a second day. Save your feet, and slow down to a pace more enjoyable, Meanwhile you can walk to the river, cross over and see another neighborhood, walk to the art museum--there is even a small Goya there, shop for a paella pan in an awesome cooking store, or walk to the big square with the fountain and do some people watching. The main idea is not to tire yourself out by standing in long lines and then walking all day.
Fondest memory: Tomb of Columbus
Favorite thing: Yes there is a Cathedral in Sevilla, surprise, surprise....even in SMALL towns you could find impressive churhces everywhere we went, so here in the big town of Sevilla you found an even MORE impressive structure. The amount of time and effort of the simple people that went into these edifices always totally amazes me...if you think about it, here are a generally poor population, ruled by rich barons and church pontifs...putting their money toward making this physical gesture toward their god. I think I would put food on my table first and worry about the afterlife when I get there. But still these are, as I said, impressive architectural structures and often beautiful to look at. The detail, that went into even the smallest things on the tallest towers and spires, so far away from the ground that only God could enjoy seeing them, today you can see with your camera zoom....
Favorite thing: In 1503 the monopoly for barter with West Indies is granted Seville. As a result Seville became one of the richest city in Europe. "Golden Age" of Seville began. The set of palaces is under construction. Many artists and sculptors (Surbaran, Murilio) worked there.
Favorite thing: The remains of CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS or his Spanish name, Cristobal Colon ( 1451 to 1506 ), are entombed in the Cathedral. A monument dedicated to his honour, created in 1890, has four figures carrying the casket. The figures represent the four kingdoms - Aragon - Castille - Leon - Navarra.
If you want to get a great view of the city and get somewhat oriented you can climb the stairs of the Cathedral.
It really is magnificant when you get to the top. I have a link below to my travelogue where I have uploaded somemore photos. I hope you enjoy!! All the best.
Cathedral Views Travelogue
You have to checkout the cathedral seville it is truely amazing the architecture dates back to the 11 century around 1184,the artwork inside here will leave you breathless.
visits are from 11am to 5pm mon to sat
Sundays entrance is free2pm to 6pm
daily mass is 8.30am ,10am,11am,noon,
5pm..sunday mass is8.30am,10am,11am,12noon,1pm,5pm,
entrance fees contribute towards ongoing maintenance and restoration.
Make a short pilgrimage to the Sevilla Cathedral to pray; or to admire its lovely architecture... or maybe even to pay your last respects at the Tomb of Christopher Columbus (please shoot yourself if you don't know who this great man is).
Later, you may also wish to climb to the top of La Giralda... for an awe-inspiring view of the entire city of Sevilla.
The Cathedral of Seville is located next to the Great Mosque of the XII century and conserves the alminar (Giralda)
The mosque was converted into a catholic church when it was conquered by Fernando III in the 1.248.
On the 1.401 they decided to build a new temple, and one said " Lets do a church so big that all that can see it may think we are crazy ".
Actually is the biggest gothic temple in the world and the 3rd biggest cristian temple after Saint Peter at Vatican and Saint Peter at London
Visit the cathedral.
It is beautiful and I have read that it is the largest gothic structure in the world. If you don't mind exercise, be sure to climb the Tower of Giralda for a great view of Seville.
Fondest memory: It can get quite hot in Seville in the summer. I love sitting in the shade of the numerous orange trees and having a nice glass of sangria.
Favorite thing: There are many different kinds of architectural wonders. The Cathedral (pictured below) is a must see. It is said that the tomb of Christopher Columbus is in this Cathedral. It is one of Europe's largest Cathedrals. There is also a fascinating mosque right behind the Cathedral. There are many other old, beautiful buildings that I can't even remember the names of.
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