The monuments of Seville are going to impact you. We have an immense historical and artistic heritage, perfectly preserved millenarian buildings that continue to impress all those who visit.
Among all the historic buildings that Seville treasures, there are surely three buildings that you cannot miss. A set which, together with the Archive of the Indies, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Real Alcazar, the Giralda and the Cathedral.
The Giralda of Seville is a tower of unparalleled size for a building of its era (from the 12th to the 6th century). In fact, for a long time, it was the tallest building in the world (101 metres counting the Giraldillo, the beautiful weathervane that crowns it and one of the symbols of the city). The Giralda is a perfect symbiosis of different architectural styles, different civilizations. It is a tower that begins by being a minaret and ends up being a bell tower. When you climb up to the top, you can see the whole city. At its feet, there is the Patio de los Naranjos and the largest existing Gothic Cathedral.
The Cathedral of Seville will leave you perplexed by its proportions. The chronicles say that it was conceived by the Cathedral Chapter members with the words, “Let us build a church so grandiose that those who see it finished will think we are mad”. Everything in the Cathedral is colossal. Admire the main altarpiece, considered by many to be one of the most outstanding works in the history of art. Or examine the mausoleum, which holds the remains of Christopher Columbus.
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Just a few metres from the Cathedral, you can see the walls behind which extend to the Real
Alcazar of Seville: a palace of palaces, a truly unique complex.
Since the Middle Ages, this walled enclosure has been a residence for kings of different eras, each leaving their architectural legacy. Even today, it is the official residence in Seville of the Kings of Spain, which makes this fortified space the oldest active royal palace in Europe.
The proliferation of incredible details, the history that breathes through each room, its garden of dreams... All make this palatial complex an almost unreal citadel that takes you out of the present day.
The world of cinema, on multiple occasions, or television, such as The Game of Thrones, have already surrendered to its charms.
- The Giralda is a perfect blend of Arab architecture and Renaissance style.
- The bell system at the Giralda has 24 bells plus one large one.
- The Seville Cathedral is 116 m long by 76 m wide.
- The central nave of the Cathedral reaches a height of 37 metres.
- The Real Alcazar brings together Islamic, Mudejar, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.