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Cathedral of Seville & Giralda

Cathedral de Seville

A visit to Seville Cathedral and Giralda? All information for your visit to the Cathedral of Seville and the Giralda Moorish Tower.

Catedral de Sevilla & La Giralda

Info Cathedral of Seville & Giralda

Address Av. de la Constitución, Seville
Metro Metro station 'Puerta de Jerez'
Tickets
  • Tickets: € 9 (Tip: The cathedral has long queues. Book online)
  • 65+ and students under 25: € 4
  • Up to 14 years: free admission to the Cathedral
Book Tickets online
Opening hours
  • Monday: 11:00 to 15:30
  • Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 17:00
  • Sunday: 14:30 to 18:00
  • Closed on January 5th, December 24th and 31st
  • These times may vary in case of celebration of religious ceremonies and cultural activities
Website www.catedraldesevilla.es

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede

The official name of the cathedral of Seville is "Catedral de Santa María de la Sede" and it is the largest church in the world, after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

The Cathedral of the archbishopric of Seville was built on the site where once a Moorish mosque, built by the Almohads, stood. This mosque was taken from the Moors in 1248 and was then used as a cathedral. In the 13th century, the mosque was destroyed, except for the Patio de los Naranjos (the orange court), and the Giralda tower. Construction of the cathedral began in 1403. The cathedral was finally completed in 1507. Seville Cathedral was built in a five-aisled cruciform church with chapels. The cathedral is 127 metres long, 83 meters wide and 43 meters high.

Sightseeing in the Seville Cathedral

Some important sites when visiting the cathedral of Seville are:

  • Tomb of Christopher Columbus. His remains were transferred from Cuba to Seville in 1898 and now rest in this tomb. It is adorned with a bronze coffin, carried by four figures symbolizing the kingdoms of Castile, León, Aragon and Navarre
  • The Royal Chapel (Capilla Real), dedicated to King Ferdinand III of Castile. This king reclaimed Seville from the Moors in 1248.
  • In the Cathedral you can admire many paintings by Murillo, Goya, Pedro de Campaña and Luis de Vargas.
  • The treasure room.

The Giralda, former minaret of the pre-existing mosque

The minaret of the Cathedral, La Giralda, is the tower of the mosque that was preserved after the demolition of the mosque when it was replaced by a cathedral. For a nice view over the city centre during your visit, you can climb the 104-metre high Giralda Tower. You do not ascend by means of a staircase, but by following a sloping corridor, which enabled horses to go upwards as well. On top of the Giralda Tower is a four-metre high bronze statue. This statue, representing faith, is nicknamed the Giraldillo. The statue turns with the wind and, consequently the tower got its nickname (Giralda = weather vane).

The Giralda Tower of the CathedralThe Giralda Tower of the Cathedral (iStock.com/KavalenkavaVolha)
Entrance Catedral de SevillaEntrance of the Cathedral of Seville (stock.adobe.com/ Aleksandar Todorovic)
Cathedral sevilleInside the cathedral (stock.adobe.com/photogolfer)
GiraldaThe choir of the church (stock.adobe.com/pigprox)
Cathedral in SevilleAltar of the Cathedral (stock.adobe.com/F.C.G.)
Cathedral de SevillePatio del Cabildo (stock.adobe.com/joserpizarro)

Location of the Cathedral of Seville

Nearby are also:

Alcazar palace Seville
Casa de Pilatos Seville
Barrio de Santa Cruz Sevilla
archivo general de indias seville

Alcazar Palace

Casa de Pilatos
Santa Cruz district
Archivo Gen. de Indias
alcazar seville