A visit to Seville Cathedral and La Giralda? All info, tours and tickets for your visit to the Catedral de Sevilla and the Giralda Moorish Tower.
Catedral de Sevilla & La Giralda
Info, Tours & Tickets Seville cathedral & La Giralda
|Address||Av. de la Constitución, Seville|
|Metro||Metro station 'Puerta de Jerez'|
Catedral de Santa María de la Sede
The official name of the cathedral of Seville is "Catedral de Santa María de la Sede" and it is the largest church in the world, after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
The Cathedral of the archbishopric of Seville was built on the site where once a Moorish mosque, built by the Almohads, stood. This mosque was taken from the Moors in 1248 and was then used as a cathedral. In the 13th century, the mosque was destroyed, except for the Patio de los Naranjos (the orange court), and the Giralda tower. Construction of the cathedral began in 1403. The cathedral was finally completed in 1507. Seville Cathedral was built in a five-aisled cruciform church with chapels. The cathedral is 127 metres long, 83 meters wide and 43 meters high.
Sightseeing in the Seville Cathedral
Some important sites when visiting the cathedral of Seville are:
- Tomb of Christopher Columbus. His remains were transferred from Cuba to Seville 898 and now rest in this tomb. It is adorned with a bronze coffin, carried by four figures symbolizing the kingdoms of Castile, León, Aragon and Navarre
- The Royal Chapel (Capilla Real), dedicated to King Ferdinand III of Castile. This king reclaimed Seville from the Moors in 1248.
- In the Cathedral you can admire many paintings by Murillo, Goya, Pedro de Campaña and Luis de Vargas.
- The treasure room.
The Giralda tower: former minaret of the pre-existing mosque
The minaret of the Cathedral, La Giralda, is the tower of the mosque that was preserved after the demolition of the mosque when it was replaced by a cathedral. For a nice view over the city centre during your visit, you can climb the 104-metre high Giralda Tower. You do not ascend by means of a staircase, but by following a sloping corridor, which enabled horses to go upwards as well. On top of the Giralda Tower is a four-metre high bronze statue. This statue, representing faith, is nicknamed the Giraldillo. The statue turns with the wind and, consequently the tower got its nickname (Giralda = weather vane).
Location of the Cathedral of Seville
Nearby the Catedral de Sevilla are also: