We can say that it is the most important monument of Seville.
Is an Arab monument that has remained in the capital after it was recovered by the Christians during the Reconquest.
After the reconquest of the city by Fernando III “El Santo”, the Cathedral Chapter decided to create, according to the legend: “A church so big that those who see it finished consider us crazy.
And so it was done, because the entire surface of the set is 23,500 square meters, with a length of 126 meters and a width of 83 meters. In dimensions, it is the third largest Christian temple in the world, after the Cathedrals of St. Peter in Rome and St. Paul in London.
Work began in 1402 on the site of the ancient Aljama Mosque, from the Almohad period. After the demolition of the mosque, it was decided to preserve part of the courtyard – the famous Patio de los Naranjos – and the minaret, today the Giralda.
On 10 October 1506, the last stone was placed on the highest part of the dome, symbolically completing the cathedral, although work continued uninterruptedly throughout the centuries, both for interior decoration and to add new rooms or to consolidate and restore the damage caused by the passage of time. Its construction periods were Mudejar, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical.
The Cathedral, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, has five naves and its maximum height is reached at the transept, with 40 metres. Its ten doors, spread over its four facades, are exquisitely decorated with sculptures relating to the life of Jesus Christ and his apostles.
In the temple is the body of Christopher Columbus (discoverer of America) and King Ferdinand III of Castile, canonized in 1671 as Saint Ferdinand, patron saint of the city of Seville.
In order to know everything that happens every day in the Giralda the best thing is to go to the official website and see what especial activities there are every days.
Information to visit it
We do not sell a single ticket for The Cathedral, it is part of a group of monuments.
The ticket includes the visit to the Gothic Cathedral, the sacristies and the Renaissance chapter house, the treasure, the Giralda, the patio of the orange trees and the Church of El Salvador located in the Plaza del Salvador (600 mt. from the Cathedral).
Currently this is the official schedule:
Open every day:
Monday: from 11:00 to 15:30
Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 to 17:00
Sundays: from 14:30 to 18:00
Some days this schedule may vary because there are special celebrations, it is best to call the phone to ask. Closed days: 1 January, 6 January y 25 December .
Price and the day you can enter for free
If you travel with little money you can take advantage of the free afternoon, which happens every Monday.
You should go early and wait in line, because they may not let you in if you arrive and there is a lot of line.
Free timetable: Monday from 16:30h to 18:00h
The other days the general ticket costs: 9 € (does not include audioguide, being the price of the same one of 3 € if it is requested)
There is a special price 4 € Pensioners/Students up to 25 years old (audio guide NOT included, the price of the same being 3 € if requested).