The Seville Cathedral is also known as “The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See” and resides in central Seville, Andalusia, Spain. It is arguably the most important architectural and cultural attraction in the city as well as being the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site rises to an impressive 42 metres in height making it the third-largest church in the world.
Giralda serves as the cathedral’s bell tower and is the most prominently visible feature at 105 metres in height, offering public access to the viewpoint at the top. Within the cathedral, the Great Chapel stands out centred by its grand Gothic altar boasting an additional series of rooms at the terminus of the first aisle representing pristine decor of the late Spanish Renaissance. The Chapter House stretches beyond the chapel exhibiting a collection of exquisite murals highlighted by the famous piece “Conception”. An additional notable attraction is the Tomb of Christopher Columbus which houses the remains of the renowned explorer and four respective casket bearers.
The Jardines del Cristina Station is the nearest bus station to the cathedral and San Bernardo the closest commuter train station. The closest metro stop is Puerta de Jerez. There is access by personal vehicle with nearby public parking as well. The cathedral is best explored on foot, and guided tours make for a more comprehensive experience.
Construction of the cathedral was deterred on multiple occasions due to dome collapses. The first event occurred in 1511 and again after reconstruction in 1888. Although the first occasion may have been due to architectural flaws, the second event occurred because of an earthquake, which also resulted in substantial damage to the interior.