"Seville Cathedral" Cathedral Tip by iandsmith
Cathedral, Sevilla: 145 reviews and 297 photos
This is the largest cathedral in Europe. Well, that's if you include the courtyard. Whatever, it's certainly the biggest I've seen.
Without doubt the altar piece is a stunner. Over 1,200 gilded figures and over 80 years to make using one tonne of gold leaf. It's no wonder they have seating for hundreds immediately in front of it. In another altar there are 10 tonnes of silver and wood.
Not far behind in attractions are Columbus' sarcophagus, ably supported by four figures, one at each corner; an amazing 117 seat wood carved choir section out of ebony and mahogany with a 6,000 pipe organ and the bell tower, La Giralda. The latter is a legacy of the Moors as it was a minaret in its original guise in 1198. However, it was redesigned in 1568 and a weather vane (giraldillo) portraying Faith was added. Do go up, it's worth a look, even if a hundred or so are doing it at the same time as you. Sailors prayed to the Santa de Buenos Aires (good air) before they left port. One of the ornate massive entrances is Puerta de la Asuncion. Although gothic in style, it was not completed until 1833.
Address: Avenida de la Constitución
Directions: It's in the middle of Seville, just across from the Real Alcazar.
Phone: 95 421 49 71
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