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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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  • For lovers of the history of Spain must visit for its historical importance both for its architecture and amount of documents that treasures. It requires guided tour
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  • We visited the Archivo General de Indias, more than anything by the beautiful building that houses it and, given the historical significance of it, expected over the visit. Perhaps an audioguide would have helped. The visit is free.
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  • This attraction is free and housed in a magnificent building. There are some documents on view here but mostly the impact is from the massive bookcases on view built to house the archives. There are n...  more »