Jardines de Catalina de Ribera

Not far from the Saville Cathedral are part of the gardens of the Alcázar.  In 1920 these gardens were created in two parts, one called the Jardines de Catalina de Ribera, named after its benefactress.  It has a statue and fountain to commemorate Christopher Columbus.

The Alcázar (Palace) of Seville remains in this part of the city and is still used by the King of Spain when he visits. The Alcázar is situated near the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. The Alcázar was initially occupied in the 8th century BC. A series of other buildings were built on the same spot including the College of Orlearians, a Visigothic Christian Basilica, and a Caliph residence.  Ultimately it became the palace for the royal family of Spain in the 13th century.

Statue and Fountain to Commorate Columbus
Statue and Fountain to Commorate Columbus
Alcázar of Saville
Alcázar of Saville
A gate to the Alcázar of Seville
A gate to the Alcázar of Seville
Outer wall of the Alcázar of Seville
Outer wall of the Alcázar of Seville

Behind the Alcázar is the Barrio de Santa Cruz.  It is a historical jewish section of the city.  It consists of hotels, local residences, shopping, and beautiful courtyards.

Street Map of Santa Cruz
Street Map of Santa Cruz
 Alcázar Outer Wall
Alcázar Outer Wall
Former Jewish House, now a hotel
Former Jewish House, now a hotel
Former Jewish House
Former Jewish House
Santa Cruz Street
Santa Cruz Street
Santa Cruz Courtyard
Santa Cruz Courtyard
Santa Cruz Courtyard Orange Trees
Santa Cruz Courtyard Orange Trees

Many Spanish homes reflect the architectural design of the romans where the house surrounds an inner courtyard. We caught a glimpse of some private courtyards that serve as a quiet oasis from the noise of the city.

Spanish Courtyard
Spanish Courtyard, Santa Cruz
Spanish Courtyard
Spanish Courtyard, Santa Cruz
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Saville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede)

The Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, Saville Cathedral, originally started out as a mosque built in 830 AD. This was later supplanted by a larger mosque completed in 1198.  The Christianization of the mosque began with the conquest of Saville by King Ferdinand III in the 13th century.  Building and remolding continued on and off for nearly 300 years.  There are over 40 chapels within the cathedral. The Saville Cathedral is considered the third largest cathedral in the world and was designated a UNSCO World Heritage site.  It has the longest nave of any Spanish cathedral.  The current building reflects many types of architecture.  The court yard built with the original mosque and enlarged by the later mosque is retained as part of the cathedral.

Door of the Assumption
Door of the Assumption
Saville Cathedral
Saville Cathedral
Mosque Wall
Mosque Wall
Mosque Door Sealed by Cathedral
Mosque Door Sealed by Cathedral
Cathedral Courtyard
Cathedral Courtyard
Cathedral Baptismal Font
Cathedral Baptismal Font
Cathedral Nave
Cathedral Nave
A Cathedral Alter
A Cathedral Alter
Cathedral Silver Alter
Cathedral Silver Alter
Cathedral Relics
Cathedral Relics

 

The most famous person buried in the Saville Cathedral is Christopher Columbus.  His tomb is not easily missed.

Christopher's Columbus Tomb
Christopher’s Columbus Tomb
Under the Columbus Tomb
Under the Columbus Tomb
Columbus Tomb
Columbus Tomb

The Giralda, bell tower, was originally built at the minaret for the mosque.  It stands at 343 feet high with the bells placed on top.

La Giralda (Bell Tower)
La Giralda (Bell Tower)