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Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral is the Gothic monument par excellence. Built in the 15th century on the site of an Islamic mosque, it is the third biggest temple in the world after Saint Peter's in Rome and Saint Paul's in London. All that remains of the original mosque is the Orange Tree Courtyard (Patio de los Naranjos) and the minaret, known as the Giralda.

It has five naves and twenty-four chapels, containing 500 works of art from the city's most prosperous era. One of the most interesting features is the enormous main altarpiece, the biggest in the world, with an extensive structure and iconography. The choir and retrochoir feature over a hundred seats and the image of the Immaculate Conception by Martínez Montañés.

The Royal Chapel features the Virgin of the Kings, the patron saint of the Archdiocese, and the uncorrupted body of King Saint Ferdinand III. Another outstanding feature of Seville Cathedral is the sepulchre of Christopher Columbus.

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