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Archivo General de Indias, Seville
(3.1/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Despite of its low rating, it is actually one of the UN approved world heritage. Entry is free as well. But the issue is that lots of display is in Spanish. There is a short film on the 1st floor (or ...  more »
  • Admission is free, so you will not think of having "wasted money" for this ride on the first floor of this historic building. Beautiful architecture, but disappointing the store made up of many empty boxes (the true archive lies in not open; you will see only the first floor). Deserves to lose 15 more minutes, but watch the video of the history of the archive (in Spanish with English subtitles); otherwise the input loses its meaning and not understand what you saw.
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  • A beautiful building with free entry housing an amazing collection of documents relating to the Spanish Empire. The architecture of the building is amazing. Well worth a visit.