Gothic Architecture of Seville: St. Mary of the See Cathedral

Sevilla

The Cathedral of St. Mary of the See (Spanish: Catedral de Santa María de la Sede) is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the center of Seville's Old Town, Spain.




Five interesting facts about the cathedral:

  • Its construction started in 1401, after the Christians reconquered Seville, and it ended in 1506. The cathedral occupies the site of the great Aljama mosque, built in the late 12th century; the main part of the Giralda Tower (105 m/ 343 ft high), the Gate of Forgiveness and the Courtyard of the Orange Trees are the only remaining parts of the mosque.
  • It is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world; the total area occupied by the building is 23500 sq m (252952 sq ft).
  • It has 80 chapels.
  • In 1987, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • It is the final resting place of the remains of Christopher Columbus (1451–1506).


Catedral de Santa María de la Sede
Interior of the Cathedral, Seville

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede
Choir of the Cathedral, Seville

Seville Cathedral
Interior of the Cathedral, Seville

Seville Cathedral
Interior of the Cathedral, Seville

Seville Cathedral
Interior of the Cathedral, Seville

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede
Stained glass, Seville Cathedral

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede
Clock, Seville Cathedral

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede
Statue of St. Ferdinand, Seville Cathedral

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede
Tomb of Christopher Columbus, Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral
Organ of the Cathedral, Seville

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede
The Giralda Tower of Seville Cathedral

Giralda Tower
Bells in the Giralda Tower of Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral
The Courtyard of the Orange Trees, Seville Cathedral


Have you ever visited the Cathedral of St. Mary of the See in Seville? What are your impressions of the building? Feel free to post a comment below.






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Find more information about opening times and ticket prices for visiting the Cathedral of St. Mary of the See on the official website: http://www.catedraldesevilla.es

2 comments

  1. My most vivid memory of the Giralda was that it was the first place I was able to see the external structure of a cathedral from above ground level, as I looked out the windows while climbing the ramp up the tower. Wonderful photos. Thank you.

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