Seville, a World Heritage CityDaniel 30/01/2023
Seville is a city full of history and beauty, and has several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you are thinking of taking a trip, we give you reasons to come to Seville, a World Heritage City:
Known as the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, this impressive construction is one of the most iconic buildings in the city and is the third largest cathedral in the world. In 1987 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for being a magnificent example of the great stages of Seville's urban history (Muslim, Christian and the great metropolis that was Seville in the 16th century as Puerto de Indias).
You can buy tickets to visit the Cathedral of Santa María de la Sede here.
The Royal Alcazar
It is an impressive fortified palace built in the 10th century, it is considered one of the best examples of Mudejar architecture in Spain. In addition, it is considered one of the oldest palaces in use. Witness of the passage of different cultures and architectural styles, it has gardens with Arab, Renaissance and modern characters, which well deserve to be a World Heritage Site. The Real Alcázar of Seville Together with the Cathedral, the Alcázar is testimony to the coexistence of the civilization of the Almohads and that of Christian Andalusia.
Did you know that you have the possibility to visit the Alcázar for free? The entrance to this monument is free on Mondays, from April to September, from 18:00 to 19:00. And from October to March, in the time slot from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We could not forget the emblem of the city of Seville. La Giralda began as an Almohad minaret to later become the bell tower of the Cathedral of Seville. It is a monument that can be visited, so do not hesitate to go up as it offers spectacular views of the city. As a crown, La Giralda has in its upper part the Giraldillo, a bronze sculpture almost 4 meters high that dates from the 16th century and was commissioned by the Cathedral Chapter to Hernán Ruiz II "El Joven" after that an earthquake caused the Almohad dome that had presided over La Giralda to collapse. As a curious fact, a replica can be carefully contemplated at the Puerta del Príncipe of the Seville Cathedral, it would be impossible to appreciate it in any other way!
It is the third monument in Seville that was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987. This impressive building houses a vast collection of documents related to the history of the Americas and is considered one of the most important archives in the world. It was an old Lonja in the time of Felipe II, but it was in the time of King Carlos III when it became the General Archive of the Indies that we know today and where all the documentation related to the possessions that Spain had overseas between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Outside the historic center of the city but within the province of Seville (in the municipality of Aznalcázar) we find the fourth World Heritage Site. It is the Doñana National Park. UNESCO first declared it a Biosphere Reserve in 1980, and later. in 2005, a World Heritage Site for the importance of its biological diversity and for preserving several endangered species of universal value.
Seville is a city full of history and culture and each of these places declared World Heritage Sites are a sample of it, but there are many more to discover in this wonderful city. If you have the opportunity to visit Seville, do not miss the opportunity to see these iconic places. Are you looking for a hotel in the heart of the city that allows you to visit Seville without having to take the car? At Hotel Cervantes we will be delighted to receive you.