The Cathedral of Seville is the most visited monument in the city. It is a catholic cathedral of Gothic style and was built between the 15th and 16th century. It is one of the biggest catholic cathedral in the World, and the biggest gothic cathedral.
The symbol of the city, the Giralda, is part of the Cathedral of Seville. Unesco declared the Cathedral, Giralda, and Alcazar as part of the World Heritage at 1987
The Story of the Cathedral of Seville
The Cathedral of Sevilla was built in the place of the old mosque of the City. This mosque was built by the mandate of the caliph Abu Yacub Jusuf in the year 1172. The mosque was built near to the Muslim palace, The Alcazar.
The main door in the Muslim age was the current “Door of forgiveness”. This door connects to the Patio of Oranges, the place when the muslims clean themselves before praying.
The city of Seville was conquered by Christians in 1248. The old mosque was sacralized and converted to a church. The new church was used by at least 150 years with only little changes to the original building.
But at the begining of the 15th century, the build was too old and near to collapse. So, the catholic church decided to build a new Cathedral. They decided to build one of the most impressive cathedrals in Christianity.
What to see?
The Catedral of Seville is impressive and has some special points that you don’t want to miss.
The Giralde: The campanary of the Cathedral is the main symbol of the City of Seville. The base is arabic, and the upper part is catholic. You have the best views of the city from here.
Tomb of Colombus: Christopher Columbus, the first european to go and returns to America, is graved on Seville. You can see a monumental tomb with four statues carrying the cophin of Columbus. Each statue represents one of the old kingdoms that will join to form Spain.
The Patio of Oranges: It is the old muslim mosque. You can see it at the end of your visit to the Cathedral. It is the place when the muslims do their cleanings before the pray.
Where is the Cathedral of Seville
The Cathedral is in the center of the city and it is well communicated. You have several ways to go to the Cathedral
By metro: You have to take the line 1 (the only metro line at Seville) until the “Puerta Jerez” station.
By bus: You have to stop at “Jardines Cristina”. There are several bus line that arrives at this point. C4, C3, 5, 41, 42, C1 y C2.
By private car: The nearest parking is in “Avenida de Roma”.
By taxi/cab: There is a taxi stop in Avenida de Roma.
The zone near the Cathedral is pedestrian, so you are going to need a little walk in all cases. Five or ten minutes.
It is free to visit?
The Cathedral is only free entrance for residents in the city. If you are not from Seville you need a ticket that has a cost of 9€. Also you can visit the roof of the Cathedral at 16€. This is a guided visit and it includes the visit to the Cathedral. I think that is recommended to buy this second ticket.
You can buy the tickets on the official site.