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Archivo General de Indias, Seville

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Traveler Resources, Museums, Tourist Spots
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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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  • The building outside and inside is a marvel. (There was an exhibition of the original texts of Don Quixote. What has helped us to know a little better Cervantes.)
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  • We visit it without scheduling it taking advantage of a temporary exhibition. The interior architecture is really amazing and spectacular.
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  • Probably of more interest to Spanish speakers who are interested in their history. Not of real interest to English only speakers 
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