Seville Cathedral

Trip Start Oct 04, 2010
Trip End Nov 15, 2010

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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Sunday, October 24, 2010

Seville Cathedral is massive it's the largest Gothic Cathedral in the World. It has 80 chapels. We got to peak into a few of them, attached are pictures of a few of them and their altars. The total area covers 11,520 square meters.  The cathedral also serves as the burial site of Christopher Columbus. Super cool! (photo attached). Seville Cathedral was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. 

According to the oral tradition of Seville, it was said: "Let a church so beautiful and so great that those who see it built will think we were mad""a work such as good, which like no other."

The ceilings in this cathedral never seem to end with huge stain glass windows at the stop with the sun shining through. The amount of gold and gems behind the caged altars were unreal. It was a really peaceful place to be.  You just wanted to wander around there all day.

It has the largest and richest altarpiece in the world.  It is the ultimate masterpiece of the cathedral and is composed of 45 carved scenes from the life of Christ, and it is carved in wood and covered with staggering amounts of gold. (Pictures attached) It's the lifetime work of a single craftsman, Pierre Dancart, its said to be one of the finest examples of Gothic woodcarving anywhere.

A little history....
Construction began in 1402 on the site of a former mosque, following the capture of Seville from the Moors; it continued until 1506. Church workers gave half their salaries to pay for architects, builders and other expenses.

Five years after construction ended, in 1511, the dome collapsed and work on the cathedral re-commenced. The dome again collapsed in 1888, and work was still being performed on the dome until at least 1903. The 1888 collapse occurred due to an earthquake and resulted in the destruction of "every precious object below" the dome at that time.

The interior has the longest nave in Spain. Its central nave rises to a height of 42 metres and is lavishly decorated, with a large quantity of gold evident. In the main body of the cathedral, only the great boxlike structure of the choir stands out, filling the central portion of the nave. It is also dominated by a vast Gothic retablo of carved scenes from the life of Christ. The altarpiece was the lifetime work of a single craftsman, Pierre Dancart.

The builders used some columns and elements from the mosque, and most famously the Giralda a minaret converted into a bell tower. The Giralda is the city's most famous symbol. Its square base is 13.61 metres and a height of 105 metres. It was built as a minaret of the old mosque, although the bell tower and spire top, is Renaissance.

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eunice on

I have always looked for these beautiful architectural masterpieces throught the world. we must go to Spain. I can see that from al you have shared with us.
THank you.

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