Catedral de Sevilla and La Giralda#3 in Best Things To Do in Seville
The largest Gothic building in Europe, the Catedral de Sevilla sits in the heart of the city on Avenida de la Constitución and invites travelers from around the world to admire its impressive architecture. Built in the late 15th century, the cathedral has more than 40 chapels and sits on the site of a former mosque. The vastness of the cathedral and tower impresses visitors, and upon entering, many said they were stunned by the building's cavernous interiors. It is widely accepted that Christopher Columbus' remains can be found inside the above-ground bronze tomb on display inside the cathedral, though it has never been confirmed. Once you've finished touring the cathedral's interior, make your way to the Patio de Los Naranjos – an outdoor square filled with aromatic orange trees.
La Giralda – the adjacent tower and the tallest landmark in Seville – is one of the few remains of the site's original mosque, which was torn down in 1402. Along with those in Marrakech and Rabat, La Giralda is among the world's longest-surviving minarets from the 12th century Berber-Muslim Almohad Dynasty. Climb the minaret's nearly 40 ramps to the very top and take in sweeping views of the city.
The cathedral is regularly open to visitors Monday from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday access is available from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. In July and August, visitors can stop by Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cathedral does hold Mass several times per day in different chapels, so be mindful of those engaged in prayer. (Times and location of services vary by time of year and day of the week). General admission costs 9 euros (about $10) and includes access to both the Catedral and La Giralda. For more information, visit the cathedral's website.
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