Seville Cathedral, also known as the Catedral De Santa MariŠ De La Sede, is the most important church in the Andalusian metropolis. It is the largest Gothic cathedral and also the third largest Christian church in the world. It replaced the former Islamic Seville Mosque that was built by the Almohades in 1198.
The cathedralís various chapels not only have great aesthetic appeal but are also of historical artistic value, as they contain a number of sacred works of art that are truly remarkable. The construction of the cathedral was designed to create an unmistakable symbol of Christian glory and power, a building with much political significance.
The cathedral also possesses a famous tomb, that of the legendary discoverer of America, Christopher Columbus.
From the bell gallery that is around 70 metres high, visitors can enjoy a splendid view of the cathedral below, as well as the unique courtyard and the endless ocean of rooftops in the old part of Seville.
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