Seville is the capital of Andalusia and of the province of Seville and is the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain. Seville is more than 2,000 years old. The city was taken by the Moors in 712 and became an important center in the former Muslim Andalusia. It remained under Muslim control, under the authority of the Umayyad, Almoravid and Almohad dynasties, until falling to Fernando III in 1248.
A fountain outside the cathedral in Seville, Spain.
The Cathedral of Seville, also known as Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See) is claimed by some to be the largest Gothic cathedral and the fourth largest Christian church in the world. Construction of the cathedral began in 1402 and continued into the 16th century.
The builders used some columns and elements from the mosque, and most famously the Giralda (or Muslim minaret), was converted into the cathedral’s bell tower. The Giralda is the city’s most famous symbol. It is also the tallest structure in the city.
Many of the windows and openings on the Giraldo have horseshoe arches, a sign of its Muslim past. The Giraldo is open to tourists and is at least 34 stories tall. The Muslim ruler who had the tower built put a ramp inside instead of steps so that he could ride his horse to the top of the minaret.
The view from the bell tower is spectacular. You can see for miles in every direction.
This is picture of the cathedral courtyard. It was a former bathing spot outside of the mosque for Muslims before the Christians captured the city in 1248.
The next two photos show the city of Seville from the bell tower.
The bull fighting ring is in the background in this photo.
One of the famous stained glass windows in the cathedral depicts two female Catholic saints who descended from heaven and saved the Giraldo from falling during an earthquake.
It was a miracle fit for a saint.
The Giralda as seen from the outside wall of the Patio de los Naranjos
This is a look up at the pipe organ that is still used during Catholic mass.
Finally, the founder of the New World, Christopher Columbus, is buried in the Cathedral of Seville. An international team of scientists investigated the remains from the tomb and compared them to the remains of the son of Christopher Columbus. In 2005 they reported that the tomb did indeed contain the remains of the great adventurer Christopher Columbus.
Note: The information for this was taken from notes and Wikipedia. The photos I took earlier today.