The biggest gothic cathedral in the world can only be visited in Seville, built from 1401 and simultaneously constructed up till 1506. The Seville Cathedral is perhaps the grandest and most unique cathedral. Gaining the world record as the third largest Catholic Church in world, after Vatican’s Saint Peter (as the largest), and London’s Saint Paul (as ranking as the second largest).
Because of the diverse Moor, and Spanish Diversity in Seville’s popular tourists’ destination, you should expect a crowd of tourists in long lines to wait for turn to access the lovely places of the city.
Tips In Seville Vacation Tour
Obtain A Seville Card
All tourist need to get a Sevilla Card with them when touring around the city of Seville. With the expected large number of tourists in Seville, all year round, you can enter a special gate pass using the Sevilla Card. The card is a bit expensive compared to regular entrance passes, but it would generally allow you to prevent delays and will be able to visit and try more amazing places and activities, respectively, in Seville
Generally, package tours with guides are the ultimate knock off to tour conveniently. To know more about detailed history of Seville, tourists may book a 3 hours guide tour around the Seville Cathedral, Giralda Tower (and old Arab minaret, but now a bell tower), Royal Alcazar (what used to be an old Moorish fort), Barrio de Santa Cruz (an old Jewish quarter in Seville) , and a lot more!
The Guided tour can bring you a diverse history and architecture such as Arab, Spanish, Jewish and American flavor. So diverse, that you will be amazed of how are properly painted and structured into the city if Seville.
The Giralda Tower And Seville Cathedral
With over century of ruling of Moors in Seville, the Arab constructed Almohad minarets as to basically establish their Muslim faith in the region, and now what is known as the Giralda tower. The tower was constructed for over 26 years, around 1170’s, as to where Moors perform their Islamic rites. Seville region is one of the Spanish land is formerly filled with lucrative and majestic Arab inspired architecture and culture. The famous tower and the Courtyard of Orange Trees known as, The Patio de los Naranjos, is what used to be a part of the Muslim’s mosque. After years of reactivating the land of Seville, Spanish conquistador then converted the famous Moor’s minaret into a bell tower.
On the other hand, the Seville Cathedral was used to be a mosque but was destroyed a part of it because of the earthquake around 1950’s. But as the Spanish was able to re-conquer Seville again from the Moor’s ruling, Christians were so keen to rebuild the mosque in the early 1400’s and convert it into a huge cathedral. Thus, naming it Seville Cathedral, and now known as the third largest cathedral all over the world. But, after the completion of the new cathedral after it was built, it has collapsed but were able to rehabilitate and rebuilt completely again around 1500’s. The church’s design has become so complex and intricate because of the additional designs and structures over the years up until to this day.
The Seville Cathedral has eight gigantic doors, which has the longest nave in the whole country of Spain. The Cathedral ceilings extend up to 138 feet and a wide area of 8, 816 square meters. The cathedral was what used to be the same size of the original structure which is the Alhama of the former mosque.
The cathedral was so big that it contains 80 working chapels. The altar piece is also considered as the biggest in the whole Spain. The design was carved by Pierre Dancart, a Flemish artist. The altar piece also matches the huge church; it is 98 feet and 66 feet wide. The altar piece has never been fully completed until today because additional carvings and gold designs are still continuously supplemented.
Trivia On Seville Cathedral
The enormous church is the final resting place for the body of famous explorer who discovered America – Christopher Columbus
- Even after the death of Columbus in Valladolid, Spain in the late 1500’s, he was actually literally and figuratively a voyager. When Columbus died in Valladolid, he was buried there. But his remains were then transferred to Santa Maria de las Cuevas Monastery, which now is converted as the Contemporary Centre. Because of the reconstruction of the monastery, in the year 1542, his remains were then again moved to the Hispaniola Island, which now we call Dominican Republic. But another unfortunate event has resulted to moving of his remains again, this time to Havana, now known as Cuba, because France in the year 1795 has conquered Cuba. And when Cuba was finally liberated, he was back to Seville Cathedral as his final resting place (hopefully!)
- But there is a controversy surrounding the remains of Columbus in Seville. There is a rumor spreading around that Columbus is still buried in the land of Dominican Republic, because of an inscription dated 1877 that can be found there. Despite of the technology and request for DNA testing in Seville remains, Dominican authorities does not allow any unearthing of Columbus’ remains. So up until now, it can be considered a mystery if it is indeed Christopher Columbus is buried in Seville!
- Another famous personality buried in the humongous ground of the Seville Cathedral is the Spanish ruler King Fernando III of Castile.
- King Fernando III was ruler from Castile, Leon and Galicia regions of Spain, from year 1199 to 1252.
- After King Fernado III, he was canonized as saint in 1671, thus naming him as Saint Ferdinand or locally known as San Fernando or Fernando el Santo. He was of good character that he was able to unite the middle gage kingdoms around Europe.
Inside the cathedral can be found a display named the Virgin of the Kings, locally known as Virgen de los Reyes. The crown consists of 11, 960 precious stones and exactly made out of 22 carat gold!
Additional Tips On Seville Tour
Official Website (Only in Spanish): Cathedral of Seville & Giralda tower
Entrance Fee: with Seville Card:
- Ticket Price: 8 €
- Discounted Price: Student 3 €
- Seville Locals, Handicapped and escort, Minors aging 16 below: Free\
- For both the Seville Cathedral and the Giralda Tower
- Entrance is provided with Seville Card
Summer (from months of July – August):
- Mondays: 9:30AM – 2:30PM\
- Tuesdays to Saturdays: 9:30PM – 4:30PM
- Sundays: Mass is always held every morning 2:30PM – 6:30PM
Winter (from months of September to June):
- Mondays: 11:00AM to 3:30PM
- Tuesdays to Saturdays: 11:00PM to 5:00PM
- Sundays : Mass is always held every morning 2:30PM – 6:30PM
***Opening hours sometimes are modified without further notice but you can confirm schedule prior to your visit just to be sure
****Discounted tickets and free entrance can easily be redeemed as long as supporting documents needed for discount such as student ID’s, birth and medical certificates, hotel or home accommodation, and other official documents are with you. Don’t forget it at home or you accommodation