About the Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede de Sevilla)
If you have been touring Spain for a while, you may feel you have seen enough churches…..but be sure to visit this one. Originally built as a mosque, it was converted to a church after the Reconquista in 1348, when King Ferdinand III captured the city.
It is the largest Gothic Cathedral in the World, and magnificent inside.
The structure still bears signs of the mosque: the bell tower, known as La Giralda, was originally the minaret of the mosque,
The Cathedral contains the tombs of Christopher Columbus, along with those of kings Fernand III and Alfonso X.
A note about Chrisopher Columbus: Santo Domingo also claims to have his remains, since they were kept there at one time. Recent DNA testing seems to support the claim of Seville as the place where his remains are located. You can read more about that here.
Finding the Seville Cathedral:
The Cathedral is the focal point of the city. Tickets are required to enter, and you may wish to buy them online to avoid the long lines.
Address: Avenida de la Constitución, s/n., 41001 Sevilla
Tel: +34 902 09 96 92
Click here for the official website of the Seville Cathedral (there is an English option at the top of the page)
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