FAQs : Seville Cathedral
Ticketmaster.es is supposed to be the official site to book tickets online. However, the site often does not list Seville cathedral. To buy tickets to the Cathedral, walk down to Iglesia Del Salvador and buy the combination ticket for the church and the cathedral. With the combination ticket, you can skip the queue at the cathedral.
Mayor Chapel: 10:00, 10:30
Royal Chapel 8:30, 10:00, 12:00
Sunday mass timings
8.30 Royal Chapel
9.30 Choral Divine Office (mass at 10.00)
11.30 Parish of El Sagrario
12.30 Parish of El Sagrario
13.15 Main Chapel
18.00 Royal Chapel
19.00 Parish of El Sagrario
20.00 Parish of El Sagrario
Be advised that you should dress appropriately when you enter the cathedral. T-shirts and shorts are not permitted.
Visiting With ChildrenChildren enter free. The audio guide is good value at €3. It has a special commentary for children.
Children enjoy rushing up the Giralda tower [ Ramp instead of steps makes Giralda Tower extremely child friendly.
8 Euros for Adults. Children enter free.
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Gothic and 3rd largest in Europe
The Cathedral is arguably the main attraction of Seville. One of the biggest Gothic constructions ever, it is ranked third in Europe after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London. The altarpiece is the largest in the world.
Its grandeur was thought through from the beginning by King Ferdinand III and his court who wanted it to be so big, that the next generations should be dazzled at the audacity. The construction was initiated in the 15th century, after the Reconquista of Seville, on the place where a Almohad Mosque used to be. It took centuries to be completed. It is said that inside the Cathedral is the tomb and remains of Columbus.
Art and 66 Orange Trees
The pieces from the 15th century and the works by Goya, Murillo, and Zurbarán are the main art pieces of the Cathedral. After you finish visiting the inside of the Cathedral, you will find outside a great Patio of Orange Trees around a visigothic fountain - used by mosque worshippers to wash their hands and feet - and the Moorish style bell tower, La Giralda. It is hard to reach the top, but the views are worth it.
The Tomb of Christopher Columbus
The four erstwhile kingdoms of Spain - Castille, Aragon, Navara and Leon - each a figure, hold up the tomb Christopher Columbus. The remains of Columbus moved from the Carthusian monastery in Seville to the Cathedral in the Dominican republic, before they finally came to the Seville Cathedral. Though it is also said that his actual remains continue to reside in the Columbus Lighthouse Monument in Santo Domingo.
Key HighlightsThe Cathedral of Seville is one of the city’s main attractions. The grandiose monument was built to impress and dazzle future generations. Started in the 15th century on the site of a mosque after the Christians took back Seville, it took centuries to be finished.
The tomb of Columbus is said to be inside the Cathedral, along with other works of art. The Orange trees and the fountain are a stark reminder of its Islamic past.