Seville – the Cathedral and La Giralda

When planning their cathedral, the rulers of Seville had clear ideas and, according to tradition, they  stated:

Let us make such a church that in the future they will consider us crazy.

In fact, with 115 m length and 76 m width, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See ( Spanish: Catedral de Santa María de la Sede) is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. In terms of size it is the third largest church on earth after St. Peter’s in the Vatican and St. Paul’s in London. In 1987 it was registered, together with the Real Alcazar and the General Archive of the Indies, by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


Cathedral of Seville, Andalusia, Spain.
Door of the prince


The roof of the Cathedral


The bell tower of the cathedral is called La Giralda, the monumental symbol of Seville. It was originally a minaret from the Moorish period. When it was built, it was the tallest tower in the world with its 104.1 m high. From the windows of La Giralda you have wonderful views of the city.


La Giralda bell tower, Seville.
La Giralda bell tower


View from La Giralda bell tower in Seville
A window of the Giralda


View from the Giralda


Inside the cathedral is composed of five naves in pure Gothic style. Huge the central nave with a height of 37 m. On the right of the entrance, carried by four heralds, lie the supposed remains of Christopher Columbus in a bronze casket.


Ceiling of the Cathedral of Seville
Ceiling of the Cathedral of Seville


Chapter House


Tomb of Christopher Columbus






2 replies on “Seville – the Cathedral and La Giralda”

Enjoyed reading about the cathedral. Seville is pretty special for its variety of architectural gems. I’ve also done a small piece (last year) on my blog – check it out.

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