Part of the reason I wanted to go to Seville was to see the cathedral. It is the third largest cathedral in the world, after St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s, which absolutely everyone in Seville is happy to point out! The other connection is that it is the burial place of Christopher Columbus and having grown-up in the US there was a historical connection. For the record, it was pretty amazing!
The Cathedral: As amazing as this photo is, it is only a very small part at the center of the cathedral! The place was huge and elaborate. I heard one of the guides telling her group that there are over 500 religious paintings in the cathedral, not to mention all the other artifacts. It was so awe inspiring. It was weird to feel so tiny inside of a building.
Inside St. Mary’s of the See: Above is a pic of the marker on Columbus’ burial spot and the best picture I managed to get of stained glass from any of the cathedrals or churches we visited. The light was perfect back-lighting the stained glass and the dark alcove area around it really made the colours stand out. I think I have mentioned, my fascination with churches and cathedrals is not a religious one but one based around the architecture and what beauty was created at a time when it would have taken many craftsmen and artisans sometimes their whole lives work on one building. Can you imagine piecing together all that glass and then taking the time to paint it all or experimenting with the glass to actually create a coloured glass. I wonder what the creator of this window would think if they knew someone from the other side of the world came along some 300 years later to stare at it and take photos. Those are the reasons I love old architecture and things left by those who came before me.
The Tower: Naturally I had to go up the tower to see all that I could see! And it was worth climbing up there. The view was gorgeous looking out over Seville. And of course I was thinking of all those craftsmen how had carved the beautiful stone work.
The Cathedral at Night: I had to share these couple of pictures of the outside of the cathedral at night with you. I just love how fantastic the building looked lit for the night. Majestic, beautiful and just a little bit creepy!
One more post tomorrow about the Moorish side of Seville before moving on.
Hope you enjoyed visiting the third largest cathedral in the world!
- Sevilla como yo lo veo!- Cathedral of Seville ! – (XII) (poulosesarah.wordpress.com)
- UNESCO World Heritage Site #186: Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville (everything-everywhere.com)
- Seville Cathedral & Giralda (marroushinadiaart.wordpress.com)