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Archivo General de Indias, Seville

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Architectural Building
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. Plan to visit Archivo General de Indias during your Seville vacation using our convenient Seville travel itinerary planner.
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  • Nothing excited.Nice building with a lot of books inside.Good it's free .Don't know who add this to UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE.  more »
  • ... but little to see by way of archives. This delighted as s building but I was expecting archival material on display. However it is free to enter and well wort a quick trip.  more »
  • Beautiful works of art. A remarkable staircase and beautiful rooms. It contains a part of the history of an entire continent.
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  • Some rooms are really impressive. Quick visit, don't expect that much of it. It worths the stop.
  • Free entrance, nice building with some quite impressive corridors on first floor. I wish they did more to explain how Spain conquered south America :-) the logistic, the order, etc...
  • É gratuito, vale a pena passar por lá. It's for free. You should go their :)
  • Beautiful building, free to visit but all the display pieces are written in Spanish only.
  • Beautiful and incredible building. Very interesting collection about cristopher columbus and the conquistadors history. Cheap ticket for an important place.