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. To visit Archivo General de Indias on your trip to Seville, use our Seville travel planning app .
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  • I strongly suggest to go! Here I am really rest from all those tourists or shady dealers who infest at the Cathedral. Since a lot of people do not go there, is there really a total peace and on a hot day I think I will appreciate every shade that in building the archive has to offer. I'm there, i found out their in the form of documents on Hernánovi Cortésovi as the conquerors the Aztec Empire. Admission free!
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  • Very nice texture and very quaint but doesn't offer much to see despite the potential of historical documents, free entry (and God forbid) very disappointing
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  • I'm a huge fan of history and from a similar place I expected to see at least the photocopies, even in a digital format of some document, symbolic materials brought from America (India), data and statistics of how much was taken etc. ... and aside from a few pumpkin painted and some statuette, there's more! The funny thing is that there are very high shelves of collectors (labeled that it is forbidden to photograph) which are empty! Luckily it is free so if you want to be a bit cool (air conditioning and staff who supervises there are aplenty) just get in this building.
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  • historic building in the center of town. Did not go in because of limited time but it has a great plaza behind it and to the side where there are a lot of artisan vendors and some cafes and bars to sit down for a drink and people watch
  • It's a free entrance so it's worth seeing. However, not much to see in there.
  • Some rooms are really impressive. Quick visit, don't expect that much of it. It worths the stop.
  • Pretty cool building & to be amongst ancient documents- but if you can't read or understand Spanish, it loses a lot of it's cultural meaning as there is almost no English translations.
  • Free entrance, nice building with some quite impressive corridors on first floor. I wish they did more to explain how Spain conquered south America :-) the logistic, the order, etc...

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