When thinking about different activities and top sights to see in the charming city of Seville, The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, better known as Seville Cathedral, is a must visit! This Roman Catholic cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. I have seen the Cathedral many times, but I had never actually been inside it. So this time, we decided to take the tour and also to walk up to the Giralda Tower. We didn’t buy the tickets online, we just made our way to the Cathedral, since we were staying in the lovely Santa Cruz Apartments & Suites just a mere 2-minute walk away. The church is open every day, just on slightly different times and the price is €9 for an adult.
The Seville Cathedral has a total of 80 chapels
Built on the site of a grand Almohad Mosque, Seville's cathedral was built to demonstrate the city's power and wealth after the Reconquista in 1248. The cathedral was completed in just over a century (1402-1506), which is reallty quite an achievement given its size and Gothic details. As soon as you step in the cathedral you will be amazed by its scale and sheer majesty and by the amount of gold the church holds! And the stunning mix of Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance architecture tell the story of not just the Cathedral, but of Seville itself. What surprised me was the cathedral is also the burial site of the one and only Christopher Columbus. There is also a lovely courtyard filled with orange trees and a charming fountain.
The walk up to the Giralda tower is rather exhausting, but worth it! The views of this 105m height tower are just magnificent. Originally constructed in 1184 as the minaret of the mosque, however after an earthquake damaged the upper portion of the tower, it was replaced with a Spanish Renaissance style bell tower back in 1568. Along with the city's Alcazar and Archivo de las Indias, The Cathedral of Seville was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. If you’d like to book your visit online go to:www.catedraldesevilla.es