Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla), Seville

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One of the largest Gothic churches in the world, Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla) is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and a World Heritage Site. The awe-inspiring cathedral is 126 m (413 ft) long and 83 m (272 ft) wide, built on the site of a former mosque. The mosque’s minaret, now serving as a converted bell tower, still stands right next to the cathedral. Climb up this emblematic tower for sweeping views of Seville, or tour the interior to see the longest nave of any cathedral in the country. Inside the main body of the cathedral, the most noticeable features are the choir lofts and the carved scenes from the life of Christ. A single craftsman, Pierre Dancart, spent his entire life completing the work on the richly detailed altarpiece, considered one of the finest in the world. Make Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla) a part of your Seville vacation plans using our Seville vacation trip planner.
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  • We visited during the Holy Week- opening times 10-13:30. It was impressive, we pushed the push-chair/Kinder wagon up the tower. The view on top from all 4 sides were beautiful. We walked pretty fast t...  more »
  • Captive jewels of sacred art, is fundamental to understanding the history of Seville and its customs.
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  • It is a jewel this church must pay attention to the details of the altarpieces and their structure!
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  • Not one for religious edifices, but this cathedral is spectacular. The outside is a bit like Notre Dame in its gothic architecture, but the interior is immense. There's heavy gold and silver everywhere carved into actual beauty. It's 9€ to get in for adults and students have to be 25yo and under to get in for 2€. Worth it
  • Visiting this Cathedral is a MUST!!! There are no words to describe how amazing everything in this Cathedral is. And, if you are brave (and physically fit) enough then I recommend you make the 34 flight journey up to the bell tower. If you don't have time to visit this beautiful sight, then you should make time!
  • It gothic and huge. 16th century painting, the alters are beautiful. The rooms are different sizes and shapes. Took over 600 photos. The bell tower is not steps ramps. 34 ramps the a psmall one not counted and stairs. The bell tower views are magnificent. A must see
  • Now here is a piece of useless information - the three largest churches in the Christian World are named after Peter, Paul and Mary! However, I guess that we are talking about biblical characters rather than a pop group! Sevilla's cathedral is actually called the Cathedral of Santa María. It is immense! However, there is some confusion as to whether it is the largest Christian church. Some guidebooks claim that Sevilla Cathedral is the third largest behind St. Peter's Rome and St. Paul's in London. Others claim that it is the largest in area. Well, who cares - it is pretty big! It was built over the period 1401-1519 following the Christian Reconquest on the former site of the city's mosque - the Giralda tower being all that is left of the former Moorish temple - well apart from the Patio de los Naranjos - and the Almohad archway and door of the Puerta del Perdón - and a few pillars - well most of it was newly built! The main portion of the Cathedral of Santa María was built in North European style, Gothic in design with high vaulted ceilings and flying buttresses but there are Plateresque, Baroque and Renaissance elements. There is much to see in this vast place of worship including the tomb of Christopher Columbus, the Capilla Mayor chapel and works of art including paintings by Goya, Murillo and Zurbarán. The main altarpiece is absolutely fantastic with every centimetre lavishly decorated.
  • It's an ok cathedral, nothing spectacular if you've seen other large Gothic cathedrals across Europe. The tower is a highlight, through it's a lot more interesting from the outside rather than the inside or the top. Also, all signs are in Spanish so an audio guide is highly recommended. Unless you're interested into the religious aspects of the cathedral, Real Alcazar that's really next door is a better ways to spend a couple of hours and learn about Seville's history.