Looking Good Six Hundred Years Old and Counting

This is the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, otherwise known as the Cathedral of Seville.

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

Groundbreaking took place in 1401 and ended in 1506.

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

It is the largest Gothic and third largest church in the world.

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

It is the largest cathedral in the world (the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida and St. Peter’s Basilica are not the seats of bishops).  Yes there is a difference between a Cathedral and a church with and without a Bishop.

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

The length of the Cathedral is 443 feet; it is 330 feet wide by 138 feet high.

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

The interior has the longest nave of any church in Spain at 135 feet.

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The choir loft section of the nave. © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

 

Through to the main altar in all its gaudiness.  © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

Through to the main altar in all its gaudiness. © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

There are 15 doors that surround the cathedral.  Not all are being used for entry into the cathedral but they make a great photo opportunity.  Many of the doors are only opened during special feast days.

This is the Door of the Prince.  © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

This is the Door of the Prince. © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

 

This is the Door of the Conception whichopens onto the Court of the Oranges and is kept closed except on festival days. It was built in the Gothic style to harmonize with the rest of the building.  © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

This is the Door of the Conception which opens onto the Court of the Oranges and is kept closed except on festival days. It was built in the Gothic style to harmonize with the rest of the building. © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

 

This is the Door of Forgiveness. This entrance actually gives access to the Patio of the Oranges so it is technically not a door into the cathedral.  It has been here since the time of the mosque.  More sculptures were added in the 16th Century.  © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

This is the Door of Forgiveness. This entrance actually gives access to the Patio of the Oranges so it is technically not a door into the cathedral. It has been here since the time of the mosque. More sculptures were added in the 16th Century. © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

 

This is the Door of Palos. No information was given.  The relief depicts the Adoration of the Magi, created by Miquel Florentin in 1520.  © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

This is the Door of Palos. The relief depicts the Adoration of the Magi, created by Miquel Florentin in 1520. © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

There are stained glass windows scattered throughout.  I counted well over 30.

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

 

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

 

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

 

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

The Cathedral has its own treasury.

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

 

The crowns are covered in gold and precious gemstones.  © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

The crowns are covered in gold and precious gemstones. © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

 

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

 

A gold and gemstone encrusted clerical adornments.  © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

A gold and gemstone encrusted clerical adornments. © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

 

The cathedral has 80 chapels; less than half of which are available for visiting today.

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

 

The Renaissance Vault.  © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

The Renaissance Vault. © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

They have their own museum as well.

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

 

Detail of one panel in the museum.  © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

Detail of one panel in the museum. © Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

The Cathedral is filled with artwork of course.

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

No Cathedral would be complete without a pipe organ.  This cathedral had two of them, one on each side of the nave.  They are two independent pipe organs which suggest that both organs might be played at the same time in order to fill the Cathedral with music.  Or one is the backup to the other.  We could not get a solid answer to this query.

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

The bell tower of Seville is called The Giralda.  It stands 343 feet high and 44 feet long.  The tower was originally a minaret for the mosque that stood on this ground; in 1376 an earthquake destroyed the minaret and it was converted into a bell tower.  It was not until the 16th Century that the belfry was added and on top of all of this in 1568 was placed the statue called “El Giraldillo”, which represents the triumph of the Christian faith.

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

© Photo by Florence Ricchiazzi Lince

It is believed that Christopher Columbus is buried here.

Florence Lince

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