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Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla)

The biggest Gothic cathedral in Europe has breathtaking architecture at every turn, and is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus.

Seville Cathedral, Catedral de Sevilla or the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See; whatever you choose to call this behemoth of piousness, you can't fail to be overwhelmed. This is the third-largest church in the world, and the result of many a skilled craftsman.

The flamboyance of the cathedral is down to the fact it was built to flaunt Seville's wealth. It is said that those who commissioned it in the 15th century demanded: “Let us build a church so beautiful and so great that those who see it built will think we were mad.” Ten intricately carved porticoes lead into the cathedral. Enter by the Door of Saint Christopher, looking right as you do. Here, you will be greeted by the tomb of the great explorer Christopher Columbus. A representation of his casket is “carried” by four figures, each one illustrating a kingdom conquered by him.

Next, walk into the central nave. Completed in 1432, it is 42 metres high and covered in expensive gold gilding. Take the time to admire the choir loft and Pierre Dancart's altarpiece carvings depicting the life of Christ; he spent the majority of his career perfecting these.

The cathedral has no less than 80 chapels. Although you aren’t likely to cover all of these, make sure you see the Chapel of Saint Anthony, which contains Bartolome Esteban Murillo's masterpiece “The Vision of Saint Anthony”.

Also venture into the cathedral's two main sacristies, in which you'll find further proof of Seville's riches, including impressive silverware as well as artwork by Goya.

Seville Cathedral is in Seville's Old Town, on the east bank of the Guadalquivir River. It's open daily, although Sunday services reduce access. There's a small entry fee, which also includes admittance to the adjoining Giralda bell tower.

Popular Activities at Seville Cathedral

You'll find it hard to believe how many things there are to do at Seville Cathedral. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

For even more activities, take a look at our Historical Centre things to do page.


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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Sur, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Maria la Blanca Church and University of Seville. Plaza de Espana and Maria Luisa Park are also within 1 mile (2 km). Seville San Bernardo Station is only a 5-minute walk and Gran Plaza is 17 minutes.

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    San Jose 21, Seville, Seville
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Historical Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Maria la Blanca Church, Giralda Tower and Alcazar. Seville Cathedral and Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza are also within 15 minutes. Puerta de Jerez Station is 19 minutes by foot and Seville San Bernardo Station is 16 minutes.

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        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Historical Center, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Maria la Blanca Church, Giralda Tower, and Alcazar. Seville Cathedral and University of Seville are also within 15 minutes. Puerta de Jerez Station is 19 minutes by foot and Seville San Bernardo Station is 16 minutes.

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        San Fernando 2, Seville, Seville
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Historical Center, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of University of Seville and Seville Cathedral. Alcazar and Torre del Oro Watchtower are also within 10 minutes. Puerta de Jerez Station is 7 minutes by foot and Seville San Bernardo Station is 16 minutes.

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          Reyes Catolicos 4, Seville, Seville
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Historical Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sevilla de Opera Theater and Plaza Nueva. Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza and Museum of Fine Arts are also within 10 minutes. Puerta de Jerez Station is 15 minutes by foot and Seville Santa Justa Station is 30 minutes.

            H10 Casa de la Plata RM395
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            H10 Casa de la Plata

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              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Historical Center, this hotel is steps away from Calle Sierpes and Metropol Parasol. Giralda Tower and Alcazar are also within 10 minutes. Puerta de Jerez Station is 15 minutes by foot and Seville Santa Justa Station is 23 minutes.

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              Avenida De Kansas City No.7, Seville, Seville
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Hotel Rey Alfonso X

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                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Historical Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Maria la Blanca Church, Giralda Tower and Alcazar. Seville Cathedral and Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza are also within 15 minutes. Puerta de Jerez Station is 19 minutes by foot and Seville San Bernardo Station is 16 minutes.