Visit to the Cathedral of Seville: How to get there, prices and advice

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La Seville Cathedral it measures 126 meters long, 83 wide and 37 high, and covers an area of ​​11.000 square meters: numbers that have made it the largest church in Spain and the third largest in the world. In 1987 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the Alcazar and the Archivo de Indias. Here is some useful information to visit it.

Index

  1. Where is it and how to get there
  2. Hours and prices
  3. Tours, guided tours and tickets online
  4. What to see and how to visit the Cathedral of Seville
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: the best way to reach the Cathedral is certainly on foot, perhaps during a walk to the center, which is about 7 minutes, starting from the Town Hall area. Get directions
  • By bus: the closest stop is Garcia de Vinuesa (Avenida Constitución) served by line C5. The cathedral is about 100 meters from the stop.
  • By metro: the closest stop is Puerta de Jerez, served by the L1 line. From the metro station to the cathedral it will take about 7 minutes on foot.
  • Tram: the nearest stop is at the Archivo de Indias for the T1 line and the cathedral is less than 1 minute on foot.

Hours and prices

  • open from 11.00 to 17.00 from Monday to Saturday. There are no differences between summer and winter timetables. Closed 24, 25 and 31 December.
  • Mass hours: In the Capilla Mayor the services are on Sundays at 10.00 and 13.15. In the Capilla Real the functions are from Monday to Friday at 8.30 and 10.00, Saturdays at 8.30, 10.00 and 20.00, Sundays only at 8.30. In the Parish of the Sagrario from Monday to Friday at 12.30 and 20.00
  • Hours of visits to the roof of the cathedral: visits are scheduled only from May to September, and may vary according to the weather situation:
    - Monday and Tuesday: 12:30, 16:00, 17:00 and 18:30
    - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 12:00, 12:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17 and 18:30
    - Saturday: 11:30, 12:00, 12.30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00 and 18:30
    - Sunday: 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 15:00 and 17:00
  • Best time to avoid queues: in the morning the only way to avoid queues is to go to the gates before opening time. As for the afternoon, the recommended time is from 15pm onwards.
  • € 9,00 including access to the Giralda. The priority ticket costs a little more but is particularly recommended to save time.
  • Ticket cost for the visit to the roofs of the cathedral: € 15,0 per person and includes insurance, a cathedral technician accompanying visitors, entrance to the cathedral without a guided tour. The ticket can be booked on the official website or purchased on site. Admission prohibited to children under 13.
  • Reductions: the ticket costs € 4,00 for children between 15 and 17 years, students up to 25 years and pensioners over the age of 65
  • Free: for children under the age of 15.

Tours, guided tours and tickets online

What to see and how to visit the Cathedral of Seville

Like all great monuments that are respected, the Cathedral of Seville must be visited in two different ways: outside and inside. Regarding the outside, to capture attention is the Patio de los Naranjos, characterized by 19 arches of different sizes: the largest of these serves as an entrance to the garden and is called the Door of Forgiveness.

Worthy of note is the Giralda, the bell tower, the perfect mix of Arab and Renaissance architecture, the most characteristic and fascinating points of the entire structure: the visit to the structure is included in the price of the entrance ticket.

Moving on the main facade of the cathedral, it is almost impossible not to be struck by the beauty of the three portals, Puerta de la Asunción, Puerta del Nacimiento (or de San Miguel) and the Puerta del Bautismo, finely decorated. The building is also surrounded by the so-called las gradas, that is the steps used in the past by merchants, to meet and trade: this setting is rebuilt at Christmas, with the preparation of numerous Christmas markets, just around the cathedral.

The immense interior of the Cathedral is characterized by 5 naves and a total of 25 chapels among which, the most important are certainly: the Capilla Real, the Capilla Mayor and the Capilla de San Andrés. Inside the Capilla de San Andrés, it is possible to admire the Cristo de la Clemencia, the work of Montañés. In the transept of the church the tomb of Christopher Columbus, destination of hundreds of visitors every day. The coffin is supported by four statues, representing the heralds of the four kingdoms of the Spanish crown: Castile, Leon, Navarre and Aragon.





Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance before the gate opens.
  2. Skip the line: buy the priority ticket to save time and avoid too long waits.
  3. Watch out for restrictions: Pets are not allowed, except in the case of assistance dogs. It is forbidden to touch, cut or tear the plants of the Patio de los Naranjos, enter the cathedral in inappropriate clothes, and lie down on benches, steps or in the courtyard. It is not allowed to smoke and eat inside the premises: only drinks are allowed, in hot periods, and consumed exclusively outside the building. For safety reasons, people with reduced mobility cannot climb the Giralda tower.
  4. Minimum time: we advise you to consider a minimum of two hours for the visit, not forgetting the exteriors.
  5. Get an audio guide: they are free and allow you to better appreciate the cathedral.

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

The Cathedral of Seville stands on the remains of what was the Great Mosque of the XII century, converted into a Christian temple in 1248, following the conquest of the city by Fernando III of Castile. The minaret, known today as the Giralda - which has among its main characteristics the Arabic style - and the Patio of the Oranges.

The building owes its grandeur to the desire to demonstrate the well-being of the city, which at the time was a large and important trading center. The works for the construction began in 1402 and continued until 1506. The clerical members of the parish donated half of their salaries to pay architects, artists, craftsmen, to all those who contributed to the construction of the Cathedral.




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