What an amazing area and building. Made the effort to get up extra early to walk around when no one was awake and was absolutely worth it.
I was included in a group of 13 to go on the rooftop guided tour of the Cathedral of Sevilla, and get a bit higher and closer to the tall Giralda. The tour started at noon and we were waiting then started from the Consititution Avenida entrance to the cathedral. We were led through a locked gate, and up a tight, narrow, steep set of steps (many more to follow) that took us up to where the interior lighting is located, for a look DOWN at the cathedral floor below. The guide provided us with an excellent hiostory at each stage of the tour and the many stops at each level and location. Next up another set of winding steps to the top of the first level of the roof there the stained glass are, with a view looking down at the avenida below. Again we went up more narrow winding steps to the interior again.... then finally up to one area of the rooftop. Each stop offered great history and views. Another winding stairwell to even a higher area which was the top of the cathedral ceiling. What fabulous views!! All-in-all, a great time and views and fotos. I don't know how much it cost since I was included in my friend's visit but if you can go one day, by all means DO SO!! You will not regret it. Wear comfortable walking shoes since you will be moving in very tight narrows walkways and steps. a small key light might be handy since at one point there were no lights on one of the last steps leading to the final rooftop area. Bring your camera!! Wear a hat in case of summer (HOT!) but while INSIDE the cathedral don't forget to remove it. Bring some water since it'll be hot going up all the steps! Carry as little outside your body (purse, handbag, backpack, etc) as you will be transversing through narrow tight spaces!! Watch your step!! If tall, watch your step and your head!!
Most interior shots you'll need to capture the cathedral scenes with ISO higher than 1600. Yes. No tripod should be taken as you won't have time to set it up, or no room to use it, nor be able to carry/hold it while moving through the very narrow spaces and steps. Outside normal camera shots are excellent and at a normal daytime ISO.
Another amazing church , beautiful architecture.
we were with a tour & did not make it inside since u had to pay more for that but just walking around the outside was nice.
Words cannot describe the awesomeness of this place. Walking down the street and seeing this appear before you will send chills down your spine. And seeing it at night is even more impressive, there is even bats hovering around the towers. Inside is equally as brilliant, the statues holding up the tomb of Columbus are magnificent.
I had no issue paying to get in, its an invaluable experience, you're on vacation if you can't afford the 10 euros you shouldn't have gotten on the plane to begin with. The preservation of such a historic place does not happen on it's own, and donations are not always given so an entrance fee is required. And usually the people who complain about admission fees are the ones too cheap to donate.
The beauty of this city and cathedral should never be compared to anything in North America, its like comparing a Ferrari to a Civic. That rant aside, seeing this place is worth going to Spain itself.
One of the largest cathedrals in the world and the final resting place of Christopher Columbus (yelp.com/biz_photos/c4Vx…).
Lot's of beautiful art. There's a huge, intricate gold altar wall. This picture just captures a fraction of it (yelp.com/biz_photos/c4Vx…)
Take the time to walk up to the top of the bell tower. It's a not so steep ramp that seems to go on forever, but once you're at the top (yelp.com/biz_photos/c4Vx…) you have some amazing views of the city (yelp.com/biz_photos/c4Vx…)
2nd Samantha E's warning about the gypsies outside. One literally grabbed my hand, gave me an unrequested reading, and yelled at me when I didn't give her $$.
This place is a gem en bonita Sevilla. If you're in Sevilla, and you don't come here, you're MISSING OUT.
Came here in the Spring of 2011, and was in awe. I climbed to the very top, which was very much worth the climb (and workout...hehe). The views from the top are breathtakingly awesome.
Columbus' tomb is on the ground floor, and the cathedral is gorgeous. Take photos and have a good time!!
This place is one reason why the scenic spots and historical sites in Sevilla are so much better than the scenic spots and historical sites in Boston. This is probably one of the most beautiful churches I have visited, and it is probably one of your top reasons why you should visit Sevilla. One cool fact about this place is that this place is supposedly the 3rd biggest church building in the world, behind the Basilica of the National Shrine located in Aparecida, Sao Paulo State, Brazil, and St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.
I was able to walk up into La Giralda, which is the bell tower of the cathedral. There is no stairway to get up to the top of the tower, instead, there is a ramp, which makes climbing up the tower significantly easier without tiring your legs. Once I got to the top of the tower, I saw a magnificent view of Sevilla. It's probably one of the highest towers in this city, and it's probably one of the few places in Sevilla where you can get a nice view.
Artwork is really impressive and can possibly leave you speechless and in awe at times. There's a giant mirror on the floor of the cathedral so you can see the ornate scroll work on the ceiling without having to stretch your neck while looking upwards.
This place is also the present day burial site of the famous navigator and explorer Cristóbal Colón (Christopher Columbus). It's probably one of the most elaborate tombs for a person in written history.
Admission fee is probably €8 but I was able to get inside for reduced admission fee of €2. All I did was that I showed my student ID card to the ticket office, and I paid my €2 coin. It does show that a student ID card can be quite useful when you are traveling.
Overall, I think this is probably one of the best attractions in Sevilla, and if I ever come back to this city, I would definitely revisit again for the nice view of the city, the spacious interior and the pretty artwork.
There are a lot of cathedrals to visit in Spain. The pros to visiting this cathedral in Sevilla - Columbus's tomb is there, there is not an extra charge for the bell tower, the ramp to the bell tower is more spacious and easier to climb than others. The view of Sevilla from the top is beautiful - I got to the top as it started to rain - the rain does not take away from the view.
The bathroom facility is clean and up to date.
The only thing I didn't' like is it seemed like you couldn't go back to the gift shop at the entrance where you get your ticket.
The architecture is beautiful and the views from the bell tower is amazing.
The only thing that turns me off to this beautiful building is the fact that there is a charge to enter. I have been to many cathedrals in different countries, and this has been the only one which charges admission. I understand the need to maintain it, but do so in a donation basis, or charge to access some of the cathedral, but not the main worship areas.
Magnificient outside, and for sure inside, too! (Not been there yet.)
I took a plethora of pics around Sevilla, especially I loved the interior of the Cathedral:
When paying my admission entering the Cathedral, the cashier asked me in Spanish if I had a student ID card: I had my San Francisco State University ID card, so I showed her my card and she charged me $2.00 USD for my admission into the Cathedral!
Awesome~so bring your student ID card when you visit this Cathedral.
An absolutely beautiful cathedral. If mass is going on be sure to come back so you can see the whole thing (that is what I had to do). A highlight of the the cathedral is Christopher Columbus' grave. Say what you will about him as a person but it is still impressive to see the remains of the man who you were told your entire childhood discovered the Americas. Beware of gypsies outside the doors trying to trick unsuspecting tourists!
Call me a overly Islamicized, but I always preferred the Alcazar to the Catedral. Too much horse poop and not enough shady trees.
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