Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Cathedral of Seville

Considering how the author of this blog feels about visiting religious sites, this blog has seen its fair share of them. There has been a visit to  Buddhist stupa and another one to Cordoba cathedral. There's a simple explanation to this: religion is such a crucial part of people's lives  here and the history of this region. So, often churches are some of the most significant tourist attractions bearing serious cultural, historic and architectural importance.

Seville Cathedral is no exception. It's one of the three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Seville and the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. It was built after the Reconquista on a site that previously hosted a mosque. After it was completed it overtook Hagia Sofia as the largest church in the world. Still today it is the third largest church in the world and also the final resting place of Cristopher Columbus.

The cathedral houses a valuable collection of paintings and clearly has remarkable religious value too. But it also comes with a serious architectural wow factor.

Probably the best part of this is the adjacent Giralda tower which rewards the patient mind (around 36 flights of corridors) with close-ups of the Cathedral's  impressive Gothic details...

...as well as stunning views over Seville.

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