Seville Cathedral
Avd. de la Costitución

Schedule: Of festive Mondays to Saturday of 11:00 to 17:00
Domingo and of 14:30 to 18:00

Seville Cathedral is the Gothic monument par excellence. Built in the 15th century on the site of an Islamic mosque, it is the third biggest temple in the world after Saint Peter's in Rome and Saint Paul 's in London . All that remains of the original mosque is the Orange Tree Courtyard (Patio de los Naranjos) and the minaret, known as the Giralda. It has five naves and twenty-four chapels, containing 500 works of art from the city's most prosperous era.

 

One of the most interesting features is the enormous main altarpiece, the biggest in the world, with an extensive structure and iconography. The choir and retrochoir feature over a hundred seats and the image of the Immaculate Conception by Martínez Montañés. The Royal Chapel features the Virgin of the Kings, the patron saint of the Archdiocese, and the uncorrupted body of King Saint Ferdinand III. Another outstanding feature of Seville Cathedral is the sepulchre of Christopher Columbus.

The Giralda

The Almohad Emir Abu Yakub Yusuf ordered the Giralda, which was to become an emblem of the city, to be built in 1184, although it was the Emir Abu Yusufal Mansur who completed it, with the construction of the upper part of the minaret, which was subsequently destroyed in 1356 in an earthquake. The top section of the tower was rebuilt in the 16th century in the Renaissance style in five stages: the Bell Stage, featuring the Lily Terrace, the Clock Stage, the Well Stage, the Star Stage and the Carambola Stage, plus the weather vane representing the triumph of faith, known as the Giraldillo. It is almost 100 metres high and decorated with balconies, horseshoe-shaped windows under multi-lobed arches and sculptural relief. Inside the tower, however, there is just a simple 34- flight ramp, affording access to the top of the tower for an impressive view of the city.