Seville Cathedral World Heritage Site

Catholic Cathedral in Seville, Spain

Seville Cathedral
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See
Catedral de Santa María de la Sede
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View of the southeastern side of the Cathedral
Seville Cathedral is located in Seville
Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral
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Seville Cathedral is located in Province of Seville
Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral
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Seville Cathedral is located in Andalusia
Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral
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37°23′9″N 5°59′35″W / 37.38583°N 5.99306°W / 37.38583; -5.99306Coordinates: 37°23′9″N 5°59′35″W / 37.38583°N 5.99306°W / 37.38583; -5.99306
LocationSeville
CountrySpain
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
Websitewww.catedraldesevilla.es
History
StatusCathedral
Consecrated1507
Architecture
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Alonso Martínez, Pedro Dancart, Carles Galtés de Ruan, Alonso Rodríguez
Architectural typechurch
StyleGothic
Groundbreaking1401
Completed1528
Specifications
Length135 m (443 ft)
Width100 m (330 ft)
Nave width15 m (49 ft)
Height42 m (138 ft)
Number of spires1
Spire height105 m (344 ft)
Administration
ArchdioceseSeville
Clergy
ArchbishopJuan Asenjo Pelegrina
Official nameCathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville
TypeCultural
Criteriai, ii, iii, vi
Designated1987 (11th session), modified 2010
Reference no.383bis-001
State Party Spain
RegionEurope and North America
Official nameCatedral de Santa María de la Sede de Sevilla
TypeReal property
CriteriaMonument
Designated29 December 1928
Reference no.(R.I.) - 51 - 0000329 - 00000

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See (Spanish: Catedral de Santa María de la Sede), better known as Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Seville, Andalusia, Spain.[1] It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the adjoining Alcázar palace complex and the General Archive of the Indies.[2] It is the fourth-largest church in the world (its size remains a matter of debate) as well as the largest Gothic church.[3]

After its completion in the early 16th century, Seville Cathedral supplanted Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world, a title the Byzantine church had held for nearly a thousand years.[citation needed] The total area occupied by the building is 11,520 square metres (124,000 sq ft).[citation needed] The Gothic section alone has a length of 126 m (413 ft), a width of 76 m (249 ft), and its maximum height in the center of the transept is 42 m (138 ft). The total height of the Giralda tower from the ground to the weather vane is 104.5 m (342 ft 10 in).

Seville Cathedral was the site of the baptism of Infant Juan of Aragon in 1478, only son of the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. Its royal chapel holds the remains of the city's conqueror Ferdinand III of Castile, his son and heir Alfonso the Wise and their descendant king Peter the Just. The funerary monuments for cardinals Juan de Cervantes and Pedro González de Mendoza are located among its chapels. Christopher Columbus and his son Diego are also buried in the cathedral.[4]

The Archbishop's Palace is located on the northeastern side of the cathedral.

  1. ^ "Seville Cathedral". spain.info. Spanish Tourism Board. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  2. ^ "The other Europe: Cinque Terre, Bruges, Rothenburg, Edinburgh, Seville". Dallas Morning News. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2009.
  3. ^ Colin Lawson; Robin Stowell, eds. (16 February 2012). The Cambridge History of Musical Performance. Cambridge University Press. p. 590. ISBN 978-1-316-18442-4.
  4. ^ "Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville". UNESCO. Retrieved 1 June 2009.

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