This is the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, otherwise known as the Cathedral of Seville.
Groundbreaking took place in 1401 and ended in 1506.
It is the largest Gothic and third largest church in the world.
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.
The length of the Cathedral is 443 feet; it is 330 feet wide by 138 feet high.
The interior has the longest nave of any church in Spain at 135 feet.
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.
There are stained glass windows scattered throughout. I counted well over 30.
The Cathedral has its own treasury.
The cathedral has 80 chapels; less than half of which are available for visiting today.
They have their own museum as well.
The Cathedral is filled with artwork of course.
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.
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.
It is believed that Christopher Columbus is buried here.