The attraction that absolutely cannot be missed during a visit to Seville is the cathedral. It is an enormous building that is found in the Plaza of Triumph, next to the Archive of the Indies on Constitution Avenue. The exterior structure itself is breathtaking and visitors will easily keep themselves occupied taking pictures as they wait in line.
Visiting hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the winter and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the summer. On Sundays, the hours range from 2:30-6:00 p.m. A good time to visit is around 2:00 (or 2:30 on Sundays), since many people, including tourists from other parts of Spain, will be eating lunch.
Visitors also have the option of attending mass at the cathedral. Even for those that do not speak Spanish, the experience is sure to be unique.
The general admission to enter the cathedral is 8 Euros, which is equivalent to about $10.00. Students under the age of 26 and retired persons pay 2 Euros. Inside, visitors will find small pamphlets with a floor plan of the cathedral written in Spanish, English, and other languages. The pamphlets include a suggested path to follow.
Inside, stained glass windows fill the walls. Paintings are spectacular and the intricacy of each statue, carving, and wall decoration is incredible. The visit typically lasts 90 minutes, but the “quick visit” cuts that time in half. Spending the full hour and a half looking at every aspect of the cathedral is well worth your time.
Arguably the two most interesting aspects of the cathedral are the tomb of Christopher Columbus and the Giralda, the cathedral’s bell tower that stretches more than 340 feet high. The people of Seville proudly maintain that the tomb in the cathedral contains Columbus’s body, but there is a debate regarding the topic.
It is a journey to the top of the Giralda, but the view you experience from the top is definitely worth the climb. There are no stairs in the ascent, only a winding path, so wearing sneakers is a must. There are also various alcoves to stop in along the way to catch your breath. From the highest part of the tower, you can see tops of Seville’s buildings for miles.
For more information, visit the official site at http://catedraldesevilla.es/ (written in Spanish) or one in English, http://www.sacred-destinations.com/spain/seville-cathedral.
Look for another important place to visit in Seville in the next article!