Cathedral, Sevilla

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    Catedral/Cathedral (10/11)

    by Redang Updated Jan 11, 2009

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    Cathedral (Sevilla, Spain)
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    Others.

    Pics:
    - Main: Sacristía de los Cálices/Sacristy of the Chalices.
    - Second: Sala Capitular/Chapter Room.
    - Third: Tomb of Hernando Colón (Hernando Columbus), son of Cristóbal Colón (Christopher Columbus).
    - Fourth: Sala Capitular/Chapter Room.
    - Fifth: Sacristía Mayor/Main Sacristy.

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    Catedral/Cathedral (1/11)

    by Redang Updated Jan 11, 2009

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    Cathedral (Sevilla, Spain)
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    The Cathedral of Sevilla stands on the site of the 12th century Great Mosque of which only the minaret (La Giralda) has come down to us today. It was converted into a Christian church when the city was conquered by Fernando III of Castile in 1.248.

    Since its construction, the Cathedral of Seville holds the title of Magna Hispalensis, not only for being one of the greatest Gothic building to ever exist, but also for being one of the most colossal of Christendom.

    It was declared a national monument in 1928 and granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1987.

    The dimensions of this cathedral make it the third largest church in the world after Saint Peter (Vatican City) and Saint Paul (London, U.K.).

    Pics (all five show the main façade):
    - Main, second and third: Main entrance.
    - Fourth: Puerta del Baptisterio.
    - Fifth: Puerta del Naciemiento (de San Miguel).

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    Catedral/Cathedral (2/11)

    by Redang Updated Jan 11, 2009

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    The Cathedral has five naves (the main one of which stands 36 m tall) and a rectangular ground plan, measuring 116 m. long and 76 m. wide. The transept rises to a maximum height of 40 m.

    The last pic was taken through a mirror which is in the middle of the Cathedral used to appreciate much better and comfortably the vaults.

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    Catedral/Cathedral (6/11)

    by Redang Written Jan 11, 2009

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    La Giralda (Sevilla, Spain)
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    La Giralda is probably the most important and famous icon of Sevilla. This tower is one of the few remains of the ancient Almohad mosque. It is considered to be the sister of the Kotobyya in Marrakech. With a height of 82 metres, it gives you great views of Sevilla.

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    Catedral/Cathedral (3/11)

    by Redang Updated Jan 11, 2009

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    The other façades.

    Pics:
    - Main: Entrance for tourists (calle Fray Ceferino González).
    - Second and third: From Plaza del Triunfo.
    - Fourth: From Plaza Virgen de los Reyes.
    - Fifth: Puerta del Perdón (calle Alemanes).

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    la Catedral de Sevilla - Capilla Mayor

    by MM212 Updated Dec 11, 2008

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    Capilla Mayor

    Located at the end of the central nave of la Catedral de Sevilla, Capilla Mayor is the largest of many chapels within the Cathedral. It also contains the largest altarpiece in the world; considered the most important treasure in the Cathedral. Work on the richly decorated, gilded wooden altarpiece began in the late 15th century and continued for over 100 years. The immensity of the altarpiece is hard to conceive in photos (see attached).

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    la Catedral de Sevilla

    by MM212 Updated Dec 11, 2008

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    la Catedral de Sevilla y la Giralda
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    Seville's impressive Cathedral was built on the site of the city's Great Mosque. When Seville fell into Catholic hands in 1248, the Mosque was converted into a church, but years later, Catholic rulers decided to demolish the mosque and replaced it with a monumental church that outdid Arab achievements in Andalucía. The ambitious work that began in 1401 resulted in the world's largest Gothic church whose enormous proportions are hard to imagine. Only the minaret and the courtyard of the mosque, with its horseshoe arched porticos, were spared destruction. Work on the cathedral continued for several centuries and included some Renaissance-style additions. The tomb of Christopher Columbus is located within the Cathedral.

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    la Catedral de Sevilla - The Interior

    by MM212 Updated Dec 8, 2008

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    The Central Nave
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    The lofty interior of the Cathedral of Seville is of enormous proportions. It is made up of five naves and numerous richly decorated side chapels. The central nave rises just over 40 metres and is architecturally simple, for the lavish decorations are confined to the side aisles. The centre of the Cathedral is dominated by the stunning 15th century wooden choir stalls, which are intricately carved with Gothic and Islamic motifs - quite a striking combination. The tomb of Christopher Columbus is within the Cathedral, having been transferred from la Havana, Cuba, in 1907. Although the Cathedral is mostly Gothic in design, it contains some Renaissance-style parts from later construction.

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    Catedral y Giralda

    by didgeridorien Updated Dec 7, 2008

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    The cathedral

    The Cathedral is one of the greatest gothic buildings that ever existed and one of the most colossal of Christendom. Declared National Monument and World Heritage, inside you can see beautiful works of art. The Giralda is the minaret of the ancient Almohad Mosque.

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    Almohad Plasterwork

    by keeweechic Written Oct 17, 2008

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    The gate is now used mostly as the exit from the Cathedral and its worth taking the time to look at the Almohad plasterwork and the 880 inscriptions from the Koran set around the arch. The doors are original and are made of Larchwood and bronze. Only the door knockers are copies. The originals are preserved inside the Cathedral The reliefs and statues were added by Pedro Millan and Lorenzo Mercadante de Bretana.

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    Puerta del Perdón

    by keeweechic Written Oct 17, 2008

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    The Puerta de Person or “Gate of Pardon” is found on the North Side of the Cathedral from Calle Alemanes. It is set in the walls of the original mosque and opens into the Patio de los Naranjo. This is the only part of the mosque still to remain.

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    Patio de los Naranjos

    by keeweechic Written Oct 17, 2008

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    The Patio de los Narajos on the north side of the Cathedral was the forecourt of the great Mosque. It is only courtyard of the Cathedral compound. In the middle and surrounded by orange trees is a fountain which came from a Visigothic cathedral.

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    No Stairs

    by keeweechic Written Oct 17, 2008

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    In its original state the Giralda was the tallest tower in the world standing at 97.5 metres high. It took 12 years to build. No stairs were built on the inside but instead, 34 ramps were installed which was to allow the Muezzin (or the Prayer caller) to ride his horse up to the bells. The entrance to the landmark Giralda can be found inside the cathedral.

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    Weathervane

    by keeweechic Written Oct 17, 2008

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    On top of the minaret is an unusual 4 metres (13ft) high weathervane which is in the form of a lady carrying the banner of Constantine. The Giraldilo, as she is called, represents faith and she was installed in 1568. It was taken down a few years ago during the restoration of the church and then reinstated.

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    The Giralda

    by keeweechic Written Oct 17, 2008

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    The famous bell tower of the Cathedral was constructed in1198 during the Almohad period. During the different powers that reigned in Seville, the minaret was changed. The 4 copper spheres that were originally on the top were toppled during an earthquake in 1365. In 1400 during the Christian times placed a cross on the top. In 1568 a new and more ornate belfry was created to become a bell tower and a weathervane was placed on top.

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