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Location address: España, Sevilla, Sevilla
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The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See (Spanish: Catedral de Santa María de la Sede), better known as Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Seville (Andalusia, Spain). It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. It is also the largest cathedral in the world, as the two larger churches, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida and St Peter’s Basilica, are not the seats of bishops. It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Alcázar palace complex and the General Archive of the Indies.
The video shows the central nave, various chapels, details of the tomb of Christopher Columbus, and ends with a breathtaking view of Seville from the Giralda tower. The Cathedral is the largest gothic building in the world, and is comparable in size to St Paul’s in London and St Peters in Rome. And like the Alcazar Royal Palace nearby, its architecture reflects the history of the city. There´s been Christian worship here since the reconquest in 1248, though the present Cathedral was conceived in 1401—over 600 years ago. The grandeur of the gothic church can be best appreciated from the inside where the central nave rises up to the vaulted ceilings. There are later additions to the Cathedral mostly of the 16th century, such as the Sacristy and the Chapterhouse. As well as a richness of architecture, the Cathedral also has a wealth of art. There is an abundance of stained glass, elaborate metalwork, sculpture, paintings…. endless wonderful detail. The Cathedral is also the site of the tomb of Christopher Columbus the great explorer. The main mosque of the Almohads was mostly demolished to make way for the Cathedral, although the original courtyard, the Patio de los Naranjos, was kept, as well as the minaret which was converted into the belltower. This has become a landmark and the architectural symbol of our city. The diversity of architectural styles of the Cathedral can be best appreciated from the Giralda. A seemingly endless amount of ramps and stairs lead you to the top and it’s well worth the effort, as you will be greeted by one of the best city views in Spain.
Seville Cathedral is the third largest cathedral in the world, a World Heritage site and the resting place of Christopher Columbus.