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Archivo General de Indias, Seville

(3.1/5 based on 700+ 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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  • Built in times of Felipe II, in style classic, with flat elaborated by the architect Juan de Herrera. It seemed like a solid building, with a beautiful central patio, a beautiful staircase and Grand galleries on the upper floor. But what most impresses, is the most important collection of documents stored: autographs of Magellan, Hernán cuts and Cristobal Colón. Also valuable documents of the conquest and colonization of America. Visit essential for all those lovers of the history.
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  • Only by visiting the building and thus understand the history that houses, it already is worth entering, especially being free. There was a interesting temporary exhibition that I really liked. Admittedly, you could get party face the populace, with audiovisual and other, but is actually a file not an interactive educational Museum.
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  • very interesting, I leave somewhat disappointed, or there are many spaces closed by reforms or truly offers little material
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