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.

The outside of the Cathedral, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain

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 Cathedral, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain


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, Spain

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

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

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

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

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, Spain

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

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
Treasures within the Cathedral, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain
Don't forget to look up, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain

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

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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 Dancart's elborate altar, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain

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 Archbishop's 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, Spain

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About the Author


Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight.Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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Seville’s Gothic Cathedral, Spain was last modified: June 6th, 2018 by Janis