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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  • As a student of history I expected to find important historical documents and all I saw was an exhibition of Murillo and the Guadalquivir.
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  • Access, in piazza del triumph, is worth a visit, however brief. And an archive with some document visible, but ... There is a nice atmosphere and cmq a great Palace
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  • nice place but of limited interest as all signs are in Spanish, it worth a ride of 30 to 45 minutes
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