On my final day in Sevilla, I decided to start off by checking out the gothic Cathedral. It’s huge and so, it comes as no surprise that it’s the third largest Cathedral in the world. Finished in the early 1500’s, there are numerous chapels within the building and a large Main Chapel. Fun fact: it also has the tomb of explorer Christopher Columbus.
The ceiling in the Sala Capitular.
After walking around inside the Cathedral and seeing the various rooms, I went out to the Patio de los Naranjos which is so named because of its orange trees. The Cathedral was actually built on the site of the Almohads’ Great Mosque but this courtyard—previously used for ablution—and the Giralda are one of the few remnants of it. The Giralda used to be the minaret of the Mosque until it was converted to a bell tower; an additional section was added to the top of the structure as well. I sat in the Patio for a few minutes and relaxed before heading up the tower.
Past rulers climbed the Giralda on horseback and once you start walking up, you can easily understand why. It’s a work out. However, the hike is not nearly as bad as it may seem at first. If you are healthy and able, there should be nothing stopping you! Plus, there are windows on the way and once you get to the very top, you are rewarded by these gorgeous views which are much better than those offered by the Metropol Parasol due to the 100m height.
To the left is the neighbourhood of Santa Cruz. To the right, you have Plaza de España (top), the Alcázar (middle) and Plaza del Triunfo (bottom).
In the back, you can see the Guadalquivir River. The square building in the centre is the General Archive of the Indies.
The Giralda is definitely my favourite landmark in Sevilla!
I then took a long walk through the city and ended up by the river on the other side.
The City Hall in Plaza Nueva where I sat the night before.
Loving the building to the right of the lamp post.
On Calle Velázquez.
In the Macarena neighbourhood. This gate dates back to the Muslims who called it Bab-al-Makrin; it is now known as Puerta de la Macarena. To the right, is a Basilica.
I eventually found my way back to Santa Cruz and ended my afternoon with some tapas. One of the dishes I had were these yummy garlic potatoes. Can you tell I started eating first only to remember that I had not snapped a photo?