I know I said I was going to keep my Seville recap to only two posts in my last Seville Recap but I’m in a rush and I wanted to share some more parts of my trip. Although my blog has never been private or secret, I haven’t shared it on Facebook with my friends and family until recently. Hopefully they won’t freak out of running obsession… but at least now they know where all my food photos go =)
This post is is dedicated to my favorite part of Seville; Catedral de Santa María de la Sede. Initially the Moors built a mosque where the Cathedral is not located and the works lasted 26 years (1172-1198). The main part of the Giralda tower and the Courtyard of the Orange Trees (Patio de los Naranjos , Islamic baths) are the only remaining parts of the original mosque.
I know a little Jewish girl talking about how her favorite part in Seville was a church that used to be a Mosque, but bear with me. I love Gothic architecture and this was one of the most amazing buildings I’ve seen. I loved it so much, I paid twice (Hey if you’re under 26 it’s only 3 Eur) to go up in the tower. Granted the second time was to go with Tony, but before I knew he was coming I went out there alone.
The Seville Cathedral was built for two main reasons. The first one is that the old mosque was in very poor conditions after the 1356 earthquake. And the second one is because the rulers of Seville decided to build a new temple in 1401 to demonstrate the city wealth and the Christian’s domination over the Muslims.
The Giralda is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Seville. It was a minerat (Arabic lighthouse found in a mosque), which was turned into a bell tower. The climb to the top left me a little short of breath but the views from every corner is amazing.
You even had a great view of Plaza de Toros.
I spent a ridiculous amount of time staring out taking photos and just watching the world slowly go by.
The coolest part of the tower is that all along the winding path are windows and as you make your way up you get to appreciate the view from hundreds of angles (and yes I took a photo or two from all of them).
Five years after construction ended, in 1511, the dome collapsed. The dome again collapsed in 1888 (earthquake), and work was still being performed on the dome until at least 1903.
I made a new friend on my way down from the tower
The interior to me personally wasn’t that interesting, it was just like other Cathedrals, only you know bigger with lots of Jesus figures and etc.
They did have this one room filled with gold.. that might have interested me a bit.
The Cathedral is also the burial site of Columbus, not that the photo above has anything to do with it but I thought that was an interesting spot.
The one thing about Spain that I’ve noticed are ceilings… they’re beautiful.. this was one of the many detailed ceilings in the Cathedral.
We grabbed some food afterwards, at whereelse but the Catedral bar. It was another tourist hole but the food was decent. A swordfish steak
And ox tail… What can I say, I like to get adventurous with my food options.
It’s my birthday today! I’m getting old!