|Photos:||Cathedral and Giralda tower|
|Patio de los Naranjos|
|Tomb of Christopher Columbus|
The Cathedral of Seville was built in the 15th and 16th century in Gothic style
on the grounds of the former major Arab mosque.
It is the largest place of worship in Spain, and the third largest cathedral
in the Christian world.
Enter the building from Alemanes street through the Puerta del Perdón into the Patio de los Naranjos. You will find there a PILA of the 5th century BC. Then climb up to the Giralda tower, which was the minaret of the 12th century Moslem mosque. Its Christian bell fry was added by Hernán Ruiz in 1568. From there you can oversee large parts of Seville:
To the North see the Plaza de Franciso with the Town Hall, Salvador church and the Cartuja peninsula of the Expo1992 with the Alamillo and Barqueta bridges. To the East you will see Mateos Gago street leading into the Santa Cruz quarter. To the South, the Alcazar is to your left, the Indian archive to your right, and the Maria Luisa park with the towers of the Plaza de España in the background. To the West, there is the Bullring and Isabel II bridge, which leads to the Triana quarter.
Then go down and visit the huge Interior of the Cathedral. It contains a large collection of artwork: paintings of Murillo and Zurbarán, goldsmithery of Juan de Arfe, amongst others.
On the way out you pass the supposed Tomb of Christopher Columbus.
>> Continue the Sightseeing Tour:
Have a last overview of the Cathedral from the Plaza de los Reyes and go up Mateos Gago street into the (2) Santa Cruz quarter.