voyage through spain, Sevilla and Giralda

Seville’s enormous house of God is stunning in its scale and grandness. The world’s biggest Gothic house of God, it was worked somewhere in the range of 1434 and 1517 over the remaining parts of what had recently been the city’s principle mosque. Features incorporate the Giralda, the relentless chime tower, which consolidates the mosque’s unique minaret, the stupendous tomb of Christopher Columbus, and the Capilla Mayor with a shocking gold altarpiece. Note that youngsters must be matured 11 years and over to get to the housetop visits. Sound guides cost €3.

The historical backdrop of the house of prayer returns to the fifteenth century however the historical backdrop of Christian love on the site dates to the mid-thirteenth century. In 1248, the Castilian lord Fernando III caught Seville from its Almohad rulers and changed their incredible twelfth century mosque into a congregation. Somewhere in the range of 153 years after the fact, in 1401, the city’s ministerial specialists chose to supplant the previous mosque, which had been harmed by a seismic tremor in 1356, with a marvelous new house of prayer: ‘We should build a congregation so huge future ages will think we were distraught’, they jested (or so legend has it).

The outcome is the stunning house of prayer you see today, formally known as the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede. It’s one of the world’s biggest houses of worship and a veritable fortune trove of workmanship, with striking works by Zurbarán, Murillo, Goya and others.


From close up, the massive outside of the house of God with its Gothic embellishments gives traces of the fortunes inside. Delay to take a gander at the Puerta del Perdón (presently the house of God’s exit) on Calle Alemanes. It’s one of only a handful not many residual components from the first mosque.

Sala del Pabellón

Chosen treasures from the house of God’s craft assortment are displayed in this room, the first after the ticket office. Quite a bit of what’s shown here, as somewhere else in the basilica, is crafted by aces from Seville’s seventeenth century Golden Age.

Tomb of Christopher Columbus

Once inside the church building appropriate, head right and you’ll see the tomb of Christopher Columbus (the Sepulcro de Cristóbal Colón) before the Puerta del Príncipe (Door of the Prince). The landmark apparently contains the remaining parts of the extraordinary adventurer, yet banter proceeds regarding whether the bones are really his.

Columbus’ remaining parts were moved ordinarily after his demise (in 1506 in Valladolid, northern Spain), and there are the individuals who guarantee his genuine bones lie in Santo Domingo. Surely his bones invested energy in the Dominican Republic after they were transported to Spanish-controlled Hispaniola from their unique resting place, the Monasterio de la Cartuja, in 1537. Be that as it may, they were later sent to Havana and came back to Seville in 1898.

DNA testing in 2006 demonstrated a match between the bones expected to be Columbus’ and bones known to be from his sibling Diego. And keeping in mind that that didn’t indisputably unravel the puzzle, it firmly proposed that the incredible man truly is entombed in the tomb that bears his name.

Sacristía de los Cálices

To one side of Columbus’ tomb are a progression of rooms containing a portion of the basilica’s most prominent perfect works of art. First up is the Sacristy of the Chalices, where Francisco de Goya’s painting of the Sevillan saints, Santas Justa y Rufina (1817), hangs over the raised area.

Sacristía Mayor

Next along is this enormous stay with a finely cut stone dome, made somewhere in the range of 1528 and 1547: the curve over its entrance has carvings of sixteenth century nourishments. Pedro de Campaña’s 1547 El descendimiento (Descent from the Cross), over the focal special raised area at the southern end, and Francisco de Zurbarán’s Santa Teresa, on its right side, are two of the house of God’s most valuable works of art. Additionally pay special mind to the Custodia de Juan de Arfe, a colossal 475kg silver monstrance made during the 1580s by Renaissance metalsmith Juan de Arfe.

Sala Capitular

The roundabout section house, likewise called the Cabildo, highlights a shocking cut vault and a Murillo perfect work of art, La inmaculada, set high over the diocese supervisor’s honored position. The room was worked somewhere in the range of 1558 and 1592 as a scene for gatherings of the basilica progression.

Capilla Mayor

Indeed, even in a congregation as marvelous as this, the Capilla Mayor (Main Chapel) stands apart with its astounding Gothic retable, figured to be the world’s biggest altarpiece. Started by Flemish stone worker Pieter Dancart in 1482 and wrapped up by others in 1564, this ocean of overlaid and polychromed wood holds in excess of 1000 cut scriptural figures. At the focal point of the most minimal level is a modest thirteenth century silver-plated cedar picture of the Virgen de la sede (Virgin of the See), benefactor of the house of prayer.

West of the Capilla is the Choir into which is consolidated an immense organ.

Southern and Northern Chapels

The sanctuaries along the southern and northern sides of the church building hold yet progressively imaginative fortunes. Of specific note is the Capilla de San Antonio, at the western finish of the northern path, lodging Murillo’s humongous 1656 portrayal of the vision of St Anthony of Padua. The artistic creation was casualty of a challenging workmanship heist in 1874.


In the northeastern corner of the house of God you’ll discover the passage to the Giralda. The move to the top includes strolling up 35 slopes, constructed with the goal that the watchmen could ride up on horseback, and a little trip of stairs at the top. Your reward is shocking housetop sees.

The ornamental block tower, which tops out at 104m, was the minaret of the mosque, developed somewhere in the range of 1184 and 1198 at the stature of Almohad control. Its extents, sensitive block design improvement and shading, which changes with the light, make it maybe Spain’s absolute best Islamic structure. The highest parts – from chime level up – were included the sixteenth century, when Spanish Christians were caught up with ‘enhancing’ enduring Islamic structures. At the top is El Giraldillo, a sixteenth century bronze weathervane speaking to ‘confidence’, that has become an image of Seville.

Yard de los Naranjos

Outside the house of prayer’s northern side, this porch was initially the mosque’s primary yard. It’s planted with 66 naranjos (orange trees), and has a little Visigothic wellspring in the middle. Pay special mind to a stuffed crocodile hanging over the patio’s entryway – it’s a reproduction of a blessing the Sultan of Egypt gave Alfonso X in around 1260.

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