It might be worth coming to Seville for the cathedral alone. It’s a stunning structure that is topped with spires, towers and buttresses that was built to show off the wealth of Seville. It is one of the largest Cathedrals and Gothic buildings in the world.
The Cathedral was built on the site of a 12th century mosque. Some of the original mosque elements were used in the construction. The most notable being the Giralda which was later converted into a bell tower.
The Giralda, or tower goes up seventy meters in height. Getting to the top is a long climb, but you are well rewarded with panoramic views of the city.
When we first entered into the Cathedral I actually gasped. I guess the term breathtaking really does serve a purpose. Light is filtered in through the many beautiful stained glass windows creating an even more dramatic atmosphere.
Flash photography is prohibited, but despite this we could see non-stop blasts of it on the other side of the cathedral. As we made our way around to that area we were looking at an elaborate bronze monument. It had four pallbearers holding a sealed coffin high on their shoulders. We had no idea what we were looking at, but many other people seemed to be taking a great interest in it. Jack looked in a pamphlet we had been given with our entrance tickets to see what it was. He came up to me with great astonishment and said, “do you know what you are looking at?” It was the tomb of Christopher Columbus. His bones were brought back from the Caribbean in 1899. The history we were taught in school had come to reality right in front of us.
The lavish detail gilded in gold is one of the highlights of the cathedral.
The height of the ceilings are overwhelming.
We ended up spending over an hour wandering around the interior of the Cathedral. It was the kind of place you just couldn’t get enough of. The only reason we ended up leaving was because it was closing and they were starting to lock doors and usher people out.
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