- Location: In Avenida de la Constitución, in the city of Seville in Andaluxia, Spain.
- Best time to Visit: During the spring and late Autumn. You can enjoy Holy Week / Semana Santa during the month of April.
- Preferred timings: 11.00 a.m. to 03.30 p.m.
- Services: Mass at 08.30 a.m. 09.00 a.m. 10.00 a.m. 12 noon, and 05.00 p.m. Photography is prohibited during services.
- How to reach: Air: The nearest airport is Seville Airport (SVQ), which is located on the A4 motorway, just 9 km east of Seville city centre. You will find a number of flights from various European destinations to this airport. Several charter flights are also available from various European destinations during the summer. ‘Especial Aeropuerto’ (EA) buses run every 30 minutes from the outside of “Arrivals” to take you to the city center.
Train: You can also reach Seville from various destinations in Spain by AVE high-speed trains. AVE trains take you to Sevilla Santa Justa Station in less than an hour from Córdoba, and in less than 3 hours from Madrid. These trains are a bit expensive, but certainly the fastest mode of land transportation. You can also find slower trains to Seville from various destinations in Spain.
Bus: Bus services are also available to Seville. You can come to either Plaza de Armas bus station or the Prado de San Sebastií¡n bus station from various parts of the country. The buses in Spain are punctual and quite comfortable with most of them are air-conditioned and have a toilet.
- Entry Fee: â‚¬7.00 (Free on Sundays)
- Nearest Railway Station: Sevilla Santa Justa
- Nearest International Airport: Seville Airport (SVQ)
A church that will shake the world with its vastness — this was exactly what in their mind when they built it. And they made it true! In the year 1401, the former mosque of Seville was knocked down and in the following year, the construction of the largest Gothic cathedral in the world began which has been known as the Cathedral of Seville or Catedral de Santa María de la Sede. Located in the city of Seville in Andalucia, Spain, the Seville Cathedral, with its 42 meters high central nave, is the third-largest Christian church in the world. In the year 1987, UNESCO designated the Church, along with Alcazar and Archivo de las Indias, a World Heritage Site.
Visiting the Cathedral of Seville
The Cathedral of Seville, with its huge stone structure, was built to showcase the wealth of Seville and has been an example of the architectural brilliance of the 15th century. As you enter through the Pardoner’s door, you will get into a place of wonder. Pass through the Orange tree courtyard to enter into the cathedral. Be spellbound by the richness of vast stone works, stained glass windows, and wrought ironworks. The lavish decoration with a good amount of gold is one of the highlights of the cathedral. Also special is the nave, which is the longest in Spain. In the construction work of the cathedral, some of the columns and elements from the mosque were also used. The most famous of which is the Giralda that was converted into a bell tower later. There is also a tomb of Christopher Columbus inside the cathedral.
Holy Week / Semana Santa:
Do not miss the opportunity to experience the event of Holy Week / Semana Santa while you are visiting Seville Cathedral. Every year, Holy Week — Easter is celebrated in Seville when the brotherhoods carry floats in processions from their church to the cathedral. This year, the festival is scheduled to be held on April 5—12, 2009.
Note: Shorts and T-shirts are prohibited inside the cathedral.
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