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Archivo General de Indias, Seville
(3.1/5 based on 600+ 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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  • An imposing building hiding the biggest collection of documents about the discovery of the new world! 
  • Visit interesting of a building any trivial amount, but libraries are lavish and full of teachings explanations
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  • I don't recall if we paid, but we spent about half an hour here walking around. Not too much out in display and it is all in Spanish so if you don't read Spanish you wont get much out of it.