Archivo General de Indias, Seville

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Archivo General de Indias is home to 15 million pages of documents, including Christopher Columbus' journal, the Bull of Demarcation by Pope Alexander VI, dividing the world between Spain and Portugal, and more. The historic building itself dates to 1572, when Philip II commissioned El Escorial architect Juan de Herrera to design a building for the Consulate of Merchants of Seville, who had a habit of meeting in the Cathedral to escape the hot sun. In the 18th century, Carlos III ordered the building converted to an archive for all documents generated by the conquest the Indies and America. Admission is free and includes rotating exhibitions where you can see original documents and maps on display, along with English translations, as well as films explaining their history. To visit Archivo General de Indias on your trip to Seville, use our Seville travel planning app .
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  • All the important documents are not on show Its free entry through airport style security Its worth seeing inside this impressive building but it won't take long to walk through what is there(lot less...  more »
  • Correct previous review because I said that I had not visited since Monday, was closed and I had no way to go back. The next day I went back and visited the whole. Checks with metal detectors and scanners for bags. The visit is in this building that contained all documents relating to India, now digitized so no more in these shelves and small copies of a few pages or book behind at shrines, a video that explains this and busts of who you're dealing with this buildings o. Anyway beautiful building, evidently enhanced in plaster or furniture but still enjoyed
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  • A very interesting place explains much the geography of Spain with some fascinating projects in addition to the many treaties of the new world
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