Holy Cathedral of Seville
Built over the top over the main Almohad mosque is the Holy Cathedral of Seville. It’s a big Cathedral a few meters short of 130 meters long and 83 meters wide, has a structure of five naves. Inside the cathedral, Flemish stained glass windows from the 16th century. One of the wealthiest artistic treasures, paintings. It has more than five hundred pieces which range from the 16th century to today.
You can enter the Cathedral through one of the eight doors. The interior has the longest nave, or central hall, in Spain. The Cathedral rises to a height of 42 m and it has a surface of 8,816 square m. It has 80 chapels! The altarpiece is also the biggest one in Spain.
Inside the Puerta de los Principes stands the monumental tomb of Cristobal Colon – Christopher Columbus. It shows four heralds representing the kingdoms of Castile, Leon, Aragon, and Navarre holding the coffin of the discoverer on their shoulders.
The stuffed crocodile, known as El Lagarto was allegedly a gift from the Sultan of Egypt to King Alfonso X, for asking for the hand in marriage of his daughter. Although the Sultan did not wed the princess in the end, the crocodile stayed and was stuffed.
was built as a minaret for the Almohad mosque towards the end of 1180. The original building was 76 meters. El Patio de Los Naranjos is together with la Giralda the only remains of the old main mosque.
It was decided by the church authorities to build a new top (a Renaissance style belfry) added to the Islamic minaret body, the building work took place at the end of the 1550s and early 1560s.
La Giralda is today 93 meters high. At the very top is El Giraldillo, a 16th-century bronze weather vane with a shape of a woman, representing Faith. The Giralda has 24 bells, 18 of which turn around and 6 of which are clapper. It is, therefore, the cathedral with the greatest number of bells.