12 days in Spain & 4 days in Paris- 9/12/14- 9/9/28/14

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Sevilla -Day 2

Cathedral de Sevilla

 One of the main and most famous monument in Seville is its massive Cathedral de Sevilla.  The Cathedral was built between 1402-1506, at the site of the same large, rectangular base-plan of the Muslim mosque it replaced, but the Christian architects added the extra dimension of height. The total area covers 11,520 square meters. It is the third largest church in Europe after St. Peter's at the Vatican and St. Paul's in London and is the largest Gothic church anywhere. It has the longest central nave of all churches in Spain, rising 42 meters and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

 The result is an astonishingly large building that breaks several size records. Measured by area, Seville Cathedral is the third largest in Europe after St. Paul's Cathedral in London and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, but measured by volume, it surpasses them both.

The cathedral has many entrances but most of them are closed so you have to walk around to get to the main entrance.

Main south door of Seville Cathedral, Puerta de San Cristóbal


Gothic design with some Moors influence.


People attending church on Sunday.

Sunday mass


The Door of Baptism located on the west Facade.

Gothic style containing sculptures of the brothers Saint Isidore and Saint Leander and the sisters Saints Justa and Rufina, by Lorenzo Mecadante, also a series of angels and prophets by the artisan Pedro Millán.




Close look at one of the brother's brothers Saint Isidore sculpture

 Built in the 15th century and decorated with a scene depicting the baptism of Jesus, created by the workshop of Lorenzo Mercadante of Britain.


Puerta de la Asuncíon - Door of Assumption


The Cathedral's main portal, the Puerta de la Asuncíon, is situated at the Avenida de la Constitution. Created in 1833, it is decorated with statues of saints and a relief above the door shows the Assumption of the Virgin.


Inside the cathedral.


The interior of the cathedral is amazingly high that you feel so small walking in there.




If you need to go to the bathroom there is a entrance on the side with skylight- very bright and sunny compare to the inside of the church.

it is a bit of a surprise to see this room there, It felt out of place.


Court leading to bathroom.. Definitely Moorish influence.




 stained-glass windows


The Cathedral houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus, who was originally buried in Havana, Cuba until the remains were transferred to Sevilla after the Cuban revolution in 1902.


Four kings who carry the tomb of Christopher Columbus.  His pallbearers represent the regions of Castile, Aragon, Leon, and Navarre


Loan and I in front of Christopher Columbus' tomb.

The inside of the church is huge that we missed Christopher Columbus's tomb on our first visit.  We went back inside a few days later to check it out.

Definitely worth a 2nd trip to see his tomb.



Looking out from inside the church.

Look in the center of the picture and you will see a bunch of ladies dressed in bright color, well try to avoid them.  I was warned by reading Rick Steve's guide and this is what he wrote:

It is called the Rosemary Scam.  These woman will trust a sprigs of rosemary into the hands of passerby, yelling: "Toma! Es un regale!" (Take it! It's a gift).  The rosemary is free but they grab your hand and read your fortune for a tip.  Coins are "Bad luck" so the minimum they will accept is 5 Euros.  while they are pretty aggressive, you don't need to take their demands seriously.  Don't make eye contact, don't take the sprig, and say firmly and politely, "No gracias"

Here is a better look a these women and you can se they are holding sprigs of rosemary.



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