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.
Connected to Madrid by AVE tracks, Seville is easily accessible and absolutely sightly. Unless you are a very keen walker, you probably might want to hop on buses along the way as you witness its beauty. There are unfortunately no subways in town. Bus no. 32 takes you to the Encarnacion stop in Old Town from the Santa Justa train station. That’s all I can comment about transportation because I have always been relying on my self-driven No. 11 wherever I go.
Fortunately in Seville, the prime attractions are not too much scattered. The focal point in the Old Town is the Giralda, a minaret which has towered since the 12th century and today serves as belfry to the Cathedral de Santa Maria de la Sede. The cathedral is the largest Gothic structure in the world and the third largest Christian church after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London. The interior is amazingly golden while its outside courtyard is Sevillish orangy. In fact almost everywhere in Seville is neatly decorated with orange trees; or do you call that clementines? I wonder the fruit stores are selling oranges coming directly from the trees along the streets. Anywayz, the view of the entire Seville can best be appreciated from the top of the Giralda. As you ascend to the top near the hour, be calm not to let the chimes of the bells roll you down.
Get you up to the highest place to watch Seville!
You will have wonderfull sight seen from all the city.
It's located inside the Cathedral, which you can visit too.
Closed to the Cathedral you can visit the Royal Alcázares's Garden.
1. The Cathedral and Giralda
2. The Alcazar
3. A boat trip
4. BOTH Worlds Fair grounds (1929 is the best!)
5. Torre Del Oro ... the tower on the river that guards the city and where you can catch boat rides
Fondest memory: Climb the Giralda .... the tower attached to the Cathedral. It is about 21 stories tall and there are no steps! it is a ramp and wide enough to ride horses through which they used to do. The view from the top is INCREDIBLE, all Sevilla is at your feet!
Visit the cathedral and La Giralda.
The largest gothic edifice ever built, and one of the biggest cathedral at the world. Inside the cathedral you can see Columbus tomb (yes the discoverer of america),paintings from Spanish master painters (Goya,Velazquez,Zurbaran,Murillo,...), and a lot of amazing chappels.
La Giralda, is the symbol of the city, this tower was made at 1200 by the moorish, but christians in 1565, crowned it by a renaissance belfry with classical arches and a bronze orchestra of 25 bells.at the top of La Giralda is the GIraldillo, a bronze statue that represents the faith.
If you come to Seville, you must go up La giralda and enjoy the fantastic view.
Sevilla’s Cathedral. This is the third largest Cathedral in Europe (after the Vatican’s St. Peter’s and London’s St. Paul’s) and the largest Gothic church anywhere. The construction took 120 years to complete.
Fondest memory: The beatiful Architecture of the cathedral is mind blowing. The cathedral was built through three different phases, which includes Moorish windows. If you go do climb the tower for some great views of the city spread out below.