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The Cathedral of Seville or Cathedral of Santa María de la Sede, which is its true name, is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world and a essential visit for anyone who comes to the city. It began to be built approximately at the beginning of the 15th century on the old main mosque, due to its precarious state of conservation and to the fact that the population of Seville was increasing. The Giralda (minaret) and part of the Patio de los Naranjos (courtyard of ablutions) are still standing from that mosque.

Its construction was so spectacular that any traveler could see its skyline many kilometers before reaching the Andalusian capital. Currently, the Cathedral of Seville is the third largest Christian temple in the world, behind the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Rome and Saint Paul in London.

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, on our tours you can admire the beauty of each of the corners of this unique work, mainly Gothic, which also includes other architectural styles such as Almohad, Mudejar, Renaissance or Baroque.

Schedules of the Cathedral of Seville

The schedules displayed on our website are the official ones of the Cathedral Chapter, although they may be modified by cultural activities and worship.

Opening

Monday to Saturday: 10:45 – 19:30 h. (vacate from 19:10h.)

Sundays: 14:30 – 19:30 h. (vacate from 19:10h.)

Last access to the Cathedral and the Giralda: 18:30 h. from Monday to Sunday. 

July and August
(except July 17 and 25)

Monday to Saturday: 10:45 – 19:30 h. (vacate from 19:10h.)

Sundays: 14:30 – 19:30 h. (vacate from 19:10h.)

Last access to the Cathedral and the Giralda: 18:30 h. from Monday to Sunday. 

Reduced hours
(11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
January 5
December 24 and 31

How to get to the Seville Cathedral

The Cathedral of Santa María de la Sede is located on Avenida de la Constitución s/n and constitutes the heart of Seville. It can be accessed by various means of transport.

PlaneFrom Seville Airport. (AENA Customer Information: +34954221404). AE Special Bus to Jardines del Cristina Station.
TrainFrom Santa Justa Station. (Information Stations
RENFE: +34912432343). Take the commuter train to San Bernardo Station. Take Metrocentro to “Archivo de Indias” stop.
Bus(TUSSAM: +34954975304). Lines: C4, C3, 5, 41, 42, C1 y C2.
Stop “Jardines del Cristina”.

Discover the secrets of the Cathedral of Seville

Visit its history, its doors, its altars and its works of art.
With our tour you will discover in detail one of the most beautiful places in the world.

With ten access doors and a rectangular floor plan, it is a model of the Cathedral that influenced many Novohispanic cathedrals after the conquest of the New World.

The Cathedral of Seville was created as an architectural madness, being the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world. Going through its interior, with our tours, is a real stimulus for the senses of any visitor.

Our tours will show the wealth of paintings, sculptures, stained glass windows, forging, goldsmithing, clothing, books, etc., that make Seville Cathedral one of the great museums in Europe and a historical-artistic compendium of Catholicism.

Discover the history of the Cathedral of Seville through the centuries and the different historical periods through which it has passed, from the Almohad to the present.

Most important points of the visit

Tumba de Cristóbal Colón

The Tomb of Christopher Columbus

Los viajeros podrán visitar uno de los Mausoleos de Cristóbal Colón, el otro se encuentra en Santo Domingo. Colón murió en Valladolid a principios del S.XVI y fue enterrado en el Convento de San Francisco. Poco después, su hijo Diego Colón trasladó sus restos al Monasterio de la Cartuja en Sevilla. Al parecer, en la segunda mitad del S.XVI, los restos fueron trasladados a Santo Domingo y a finales del S.XVIII a La Habana, para volver a Sevilla un siglo después. Hay muchos datos que no están verificados. Para tener una visión más global, nuestros guías develarán detalladamente los entresijos de una de las leyendas más fascinantes de la historia universal.

Tumba de Fernando III

The King Ferdinand III “the Saint”

In 1248 Ferdinand III of Castile reconquered Seville from Muslim rule. After his death, in the middle of the 13th century, he was buried in the Cathedral of Seville and canonized in the 17th century, that is why he is known as Fernado III “el Santo” (Ferdinand III “the Saint”).

He is the patron saint of Seville, his tomb is located in the Royal Chapel, in a magnificent silver urn, where his incorrupt body rests. The urn remains a few hours open every May 30, the day of the festival of San Fernando.

The Chains of the Cathedral

The Chains are one of the most characteristic symbols of the Cathedral of Seville. They date from the second half of the 16th century and delimit the sacred space where the Church kept the “right of asylum” so that the ordinary justice of the state could not act. The more than five hundred meters of iron chains are found joining 157 columns, along the entire perimeter of the cathedral enclave and, in addition, it is the border of the space protected by Unesco as a World Heritage Site of the humanity.

Bóvedas Catedral de Sevilla

The Vaults of the Cathedral

Unlike many European Gothic cathedrals, Seville Cathedral does not have a wooden ceiling. The closure is done through a flat roof that covers the vaults and gives rise to a walkable roof. 

A diferencia de muchas catedrales góticas europeas, la Catedral de Sevilla no tiene un techo de madera.

Cocodrilo Catedral de Sevilla

The Wooden Crocodile of the Cathedral

One of the most well-known stories among Sevillians, and the one most enjoyed by visitors on our tours, is that of the “Cathedral Lizard”. The “lizard” hangs from the gallery and it has the same name. Children were popularly told that it was a crocodile that had appeared in the excavations of the temple. However, there is another story that tells that in the 13th century, the sultan of Egypt gave away several objects and exotic animals to ask King Alfonso X “the Wise” for the hand of his daughter Berengela, a request that was denied. Among these gifts was a live Nile crocodile, a giraffe and an elephant. When the crocodile died it was dissected and hung in the Cathedral as a souvenir. Another of the most widespread stories is that when the crocodile died, a wood carving was made to remember such an exotic gift.
Gradas de la Catedral

The steps of the Cathedral

The steps that are popularly known as “gradas” (tiers), are found on Calle Alemanes and Avenida de la Constitución. Their true origin is unknown, although the most widespread hypothesis is that they served to level the ground. When Seville was filled with merchants and dealers, after the discovery of America, this area became a meeting place for all kinds of business. 

This meant the mercantile invasion of the sacred space, even reaching deals inside the Cathedral. For this reason, mainly, the Cathedral Chapter ordered to place the chains to delimit the sacred space of the legal one.

The Gargoyles

Gargoyles were a common denominator in European Medieval Cathedrals. A “Gargoyle” (from the French “gargoille” which means throat), is a drain used to expel rainwater from the roof of a building. Gargoyles were used during the Middle Ages in temples with grotesque forms representing countless animals, both real and fantastic. They were a kind of divine immortal guardians who protected the churches so that the evil spirits could not access the sacred spaces. The contemplation of the gargoyles of the Cathedral of Seville is one of the favorite stops for travelers due to its variety and strangeness.

Tesoro de la Catedral

The Treasure

The artistic funds of the Cathedral of Seville are one of the best considered in Spain. Scattered around several rooms and chapels are artistic objects of all kinds and from different periods. 

Paintings with the signatures of Murillo, Valdés Leal or Zurbarán, sculptures, altarpieces, Eucharistic objects, books, dresses and ornaments, objects related to the history of the city and the discovery of America, etc. In short, hundreds of pieces that our tours make avidly go through to contemplate in first person the great treasure of the Cathedral.

Frontal del Órgano de la Catedral

The organ

In 1888 an earthquake took place in Seville. The higher dome, which is the main dome of a church, collapsed. The dome construction system worked the “miracle” that the Cathedral was not destroyed with a domino effect, to the point that the High Altar of the Cathedral, the largest in the world, did not suffer any damage. However, the left organ was practically destroyed. The current organ, considered a unique work, consists of two organs, one baroque and the other neobaroque, which are played from the same keyboard. The wonderful sculptural decoration of the wooden furniture and its more than 7,000 tubes make listening to music inside the Cathedral a heavenly sensation.

The Square Shaped Plant

Two facts make the Cathedral of Seville special in the Gothic world. Gothic cathedrals used to have a floor plan in the form of a “Latin cross”. The one in Seville, being built on an old mosque, gives rise to a “rectangular” floor plan, also called a hall, with five naves, marking that “Latin cross” shape in height and not in plan.

It was also common for these cathedrals to begin construction at the head and end at the feet, unlike the Cathedral of Seville. For this reason, the Cathedral of Seville began in the Gothic style and was finished in the Renaissance style, with the Royal Chapel as its head. There are other constructive curiosities that our guides will explain in an entertaining and effective way.

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