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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Sevilla Cathedral


Last Sunday I had the opportunity to wander around a bit inside the Sevilla Cathedral.
The Bell Tower is a landmark in Sevilla.  I use it as a directional landmark when we are walking in town. 
I don't know how often the bells chime, but there are numerous size bells and they all have a different sound.  
I suppose in the early days there were folks that pulled ropes to make them ring...  these days they surely must be computerized. 

The main entrance is huge...  

Below is the Wikipedia description of this cathedral...


The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See (SpanishCatedral de Santa María de la Sede), better known as Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Seville (AndalusiaSpain). It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the fourth-largest church in the world. It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Alcázar palace complex and the General Archive of the Indies.[1]
After its completion in the early 16th century, Seville Cathedral supplanted Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world, a title the Byzantine church had held for nearly a thousand years. The cathedral is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus.[2] The Archbishop's Palace is located on the northeastern side of the cathedral.

This is another entrance....
 It is truly awesome to walk through these arches and go inside.

The Main Chapel..
 Mass was being said so I did not go closer to the altar.
Some other day...

I wandered around some of the other rooms...




Everything is huge...  and I believe you could have heard a pin drop.
It was so quiet...  so hushed...
I wasn't on a tour so did not see where Christopher Columbus is buried...
Maybe next time...

A view from the courtyard...
It's difficult to get it all in one picture... Before we leave in April I plan to take the tour and see more of the inside.

Just wanted to show you the most famous building in the city.  Quite fabulous, isn't it?

That's All For Today!

13 comments:

  1. You probably told us in an older blog but my memory is not what it used to be, so I will ask. Are you in Europe now or was this a trip you took in the past? Either way, thanks for letting us travel with you.

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    1. DD... Bill & I are in Sevilla, Spain until April 3rd. We arrived here February 1st, to take an immersion class learning Spanish. We are living with a host family (I'll have to do a blog on them and the B&B they operate). We go to class 4 hours a day and have the rest of the time to do as we want. We eat 2 meals with our family and dinner we're on our own. Thanks for asking... and thanks for coming along!

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    2. Thanks for setting straight. When will you be heading home?

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  2. Oh my! No words this time.....is the yellow a reflection or lights? Just beautiful. I can hear the quiet in your pictures....

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    1. It's sunlight coming through some of the upper windows. It really was quiet there!

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  3. Wow, the dimensions of the place are truly humbling and I suppose that was the builder's intent. Such imposing buildings can make you feel both awed and very small. What a special place to visit!

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  4. Unbelievable how huge, ornate and beautiful these Cathedrals are.

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  5. Columbus must be buried in two places ... they claim his body in the Dominican Republic as well ... and I have the pictures to prove it ;-)

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    1. Hmmmm... maybe I better take the guided tour and find out more. This could get interesting....

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  6. What a beautiful building. The architecture is amazing. I always wonder how they made such ornate edifices without the benefit of our modern technology. So intricate and immense and long lasting...amazing.

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  7. Red, Gay & Donna... I don't know much about engineering but buildings like these must have been a huge challenge. I can't help but wonder what sacrifices the "common" person had to make so these could be built... monetarily as well as physical labor?

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  8. That cathedral is beautiful. I love the way the sunlight shows through as bright yellow light in your photots. I too wonder how buildings built that far back can withstand the test of time, yet what we build now with all our technology cannot or does not.

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  9. Somehow I missed this post! Awesome photos of a beautiful building!

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