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Sevilla Cathedral

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Sevilla Cathedral
  • (worth a trip)
  • less than 1 km
  • Easy
  • Average
  • 2 hours
  • 3 3

The largest Gothic cathedral and the third largest church in the world. The burial place of Christopher Colombus

Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Entry fee: 9€
Students up to 25 y/o: 4€
Free for residents of Seville, under 14 accompanied by an adult and the unemployed

Sevilla Cathedral, officially known as Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, is located in Seville and is famous for being the largest Gothic cathedral and the third largest church in the world. It was completed in 1506 after over a century of construction. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The cathedral is also famous for being the burial site of Christopher Columbus.


The cathedral was built to show the wealth of Seville and its member said “Let us built a cathedral so beautiful and grand that those who see it completed will think we are crazy”.


As mentioned in the first paragraph, the cathedral was completed in 1506. However, five years later, its dome collapsed and it had to be reconstructed.


The nave inside the cathedral has a height of 42 meters and is decorated with gilding. The choir loft features carved scenes from the life of Christ. 


The Giralda is the bell tower of the cathedral and acts as Sevlla’s most recognizable symbol. Before being a bell tower, it was the minaret of the mosque that stood there when the Muslims ruled the area.


Opening hours

Monday: 11:00 - 15:30 (from 16:30 to 18:00 there is a free guided tour in both English and Spanish. Reservation is required)
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 14:30 - 18:00