"Visit La giralda.You only..." Cathedral Tip by Raffa

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Favorite thing: Visit La giralda.
You only have to look at the sky from any part of the historic quarters of Seville and you will see an emblematic figure: The Giralda. If you look at its base it´s made of tablets and marble brought from the town of Itálica. It´s said that the base of the Giralda which is hidden underground is half the height of the tower which can be seen, although in reality this part goes down 15 meters while on the surface what you can see is nenety-three meters high.
First part of the body is made of brick, has lenghts of 'sebka', lengths of engraved brick, for which is recognised all over the world. At the end of the minaret they placed four broze balls, whose reflection could be seen kilometers away until they were destroyed by an earthquake.
In the 16th century the cathedral authorities decided to rebuild the top to symbolise Christian power, and the added the spectacular body of 25 bells, and above this a statue of a woman which has gone down in history as the Giraldillo. Some people say that is how the tower got its current name, however this doesn´t seem to be true, and the name of one of the world´s most famous towers continues to be a mystery.

Fondest memory: The Giralda in figures:
it weighs 2000kg, and is 4 meters high.
it holds 25 bells from different ages. The oldest is the clock bell made in 1400.
The tower is 93 meters high plus 4 meters for its statue. Its base, made of stpnes and tablets measures 15 meters.
Opening hours:
Daily from 11:00 to 17:00
On Sundays from 14:00 to 18:00
Entrance fee: 700ptas (4 euros)

Phone: 954 56 31 50
Website: http://catedraldesevilla.es/

Review Helpfulness: 0.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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