Seville’s Gothic Cathedral, Spain

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And Christopher Columbus’s last resting place

It’s really quite difficult to portray in words and pictures the enormity of Seville Cathedral when you step inside. It isn’t surprising that it took over a century to build, from 1401 to 1528, although, it was consecrated in 1507.

Seville Cathedral from the outside, with a clear view of its tower that was once a minaret of the Mosque.  A line of horse & carriages line the side, awaiting fares from tourists.

The outside of the Cathedral

The Cathedral also known as Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, occupies the site of an existing mosque which was built during the 12th-century, gradually changes were made to reflect Christian worship.

The entrance to the Cathdral, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain

The entrance to the Cathdral

A helpful guide

Ahhh the call of Andalucía, I love nothing more than planning a trip and so often I use the DK Eyewitness books. I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.

We used a previous version of this book to plan our southern Spanish road trips, now you can grab the revised copy.


The Giralda ‘bell tower’ stands at 105 metres 343 feet.  It was actually a former Minaret when the mosque was built, under Muslim rule. 

I particularly admire Moorish architecture it is very distinctive, with its ochre and pink tones.

La Giralda - The Cathedral Tower, Seville, Andalusia, UNESCO, Spain

La Giralda - The Cathedral Tower

Bragging rights

Seville Cathedral is the third largest church in the world, behind the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil and St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.

A view of the Cathedral, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain

A view of the Cathedral

Although, Seville Cathedral can boast to be the largest Gothic church in the world.

The Cathedral from the south, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain

The Cathedral from the south

Did you know? 

That the Seville’s Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1987.

Maritime Navigator

Before we visited the cathedral, I wasn’t aware that Christopher Columbus was entombed here, how amazing is that.

The tomb of Christopher Columbus from the side, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain

The tomb of Christopher Columbus from the side

Although the great explorer and navigator died in 1506, the tomb itself is more recent, from 1898. 

On the four corners of the tomb stand four bearers, representing the kingdoms of Castile, Leon, Aragon and Navarra.

Christopher Columbus's tomb in Seville Cathedral, Seville, UNESCO, Spain

Christopher Columbus's tomb in Seville Cathedral

Soaring above

The grandeur of the Cathedral is incredible, and the towering columns make the people standing below look like ants in a forest.

Inside the Cathedral, Seville, UNESCO, Spain

Inside the Cathedral

The organ inside the Cathedral, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain

The organ inside the Cathedral

Amazing detail inside the Cathedral, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain

Amazing detail inside the Cathedral

The total area occupied by the building is 23,500 square metres, and the Gothic section alone has a length of 126 metres and a width of 83 metres.

An ornate entrance to one chapel, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain

An ornate entrance to one chapel

Treasures within the Cathedral, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain

Treasures within the Cathedral


Dont forget to look up

Its central nave rises to an awe-inspiring 42 metres and to give further scale, it is bordered by 80 side chapels.

Why not?

Start creating your own Spanish adventure and discover the colourful city of Seville yourself, easyJet & British Airways are just a couple of options.


As we wander around further encircling the central nave which houses the choir, we then come across Pierre Dancart's masterpiece.

Considered one of the finest altarpieces in the world, it was the lifetimes work of a single craftsman. 

Pierre Dancarts elborate altar, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain

Pierre Dancarts elborate altar

Home of the Archbishop past & present

You’ll find the Archbishop’s Baroque style Palace outside of the cathedral on the north-eastern side. I don’t think you’ll miss it; it’s quite a striking building with elegant red façade and large balconies.

The Archbishops Palace, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain

The Archbishops Palace

Tempted to visit?

The world’s third largest church, and stroll in ancient footsteps. Go one make it into a mini-break and discover Seville’s 16 ways to tempt your senses.

Firm Favourite

Gary and I occasionally visit places of worship when we travel, and this was definitely one to remember, although my favourite is still the Mezquita – Mosque-Cathedral in Córdoba, it literally did stop me in my tracks.
The interior of the Mosque–Cathedral of Cordoba, Córdoba, UNESCO, Spain

The interior of the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba

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