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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. Plan to visit Archivo General de Indias during your Seville vacation using our convenient Seville travel itinerary planner.
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  • If you enjoy history, these archives related to journeys to the Americas will delight you. It is centrally located between the Alcazar and the cathedral, and admission is free.  more »
  • Even though the building is magnificent, it's not clear what is there to see apart from room after room full of empty boxes on the mahogany shelving. Does not have any translation to any language. It ...  more »
  • Very authentic museum, nothing like this in other cities and countries to see it was not necessary. A lot of interesting exhibits of the era of the discovery of America. Beautiful interior interiors. ...  more »
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  • historic building in the center of town. Did not go in because of limited time but it has a great plaza behind it and to the side where there are a lot of artisan vendors and some cafes and bars to sit down for a drink and people watch
  • It's a free entrance so it's worth seeing. However, not much to see in there.
  • Some rooms are really impressive. Quick visit, don't expect that much of it. It worths the stop.
  • Pretty cool building & to be amongst ancient documents- but if you can't read or understand Spanish, it loses a lot of it's cultural meaning as there is almost no English translations.
  • 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...