Friday November 6
The Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, the third largest Church in the world and has the largest, richest alter in the world! The sculpture in the courtyard is the bronze weathervane (giraldillo) portraying Faith that used to be on top of the tower, and from which the tower gets its name. A replica replaces it on top of the tower.Just inside the door is an arial picture of the Cathedral which gives an idea of its immense size, and we are going to visit all of it!
This link has some great pictures and easy to read information on the Cathedral. Take a look, I think it is quite interesting (and it saves me lots of writing!) http://www.sacred-destinations.com/spain/seville-cathedral
We enter the Cathedral and simply stand in awe. It is hard to describe the feeling we have being in such a place. The light is wonderful as there are three rows of stained glass windows, and the sun streams in casting jewels of colour over the immense stone columns. Interestingly I think that black and white photos capture the feeling of being in the Cathedral better than coloured photos.
The organ here is enormous, perhaps the biggest we have seen and there are two parts to it, across from each other in the choir. These two pictures show the organ from the left and the right, this set up means that the pipes are visible on the front and back of each part of the organ.
Here is one of the many beautiful stained glass windows. I believe this one was from 1479.
The Chapter House dome is elliptical and was built in the 1500’s. It is perhaps the first elliptical dome ever built and I thought it was particularly beautiful.I read that the cathedral has 80 chapels, in which 500 masses were said daily in 1896. The altar is quite unbelievable. It is carved in wood, covered in gold, and is 20 meters tall with 45 carved, polychromed biblical scenes.
Christopher Columbus has a tomb here although other places also claim to have his remains. DNA testing is being carried out to determine if it is indeed Christopher Columbus who is interred here.
Next we climb La Giralda, the belltower, which has 35 ramps which are wide enough so that two guards on horseback were able to climb to the top of the tower. This link has more info on the Tower if you are interested
The views from the belltower make the climb very worthwhile. I have decided I like Belltowers very much. After our visit we make our way back to the tram to take us home. The ice cream is displayed very attractively, we decide we will have to try some tomorrow. I found a place that has sorbet, all natural ingredients, and no milk!One last view of the tower. The top level with the bells is where we stood.
500 masses daily?! Wow. Loved all the photos particularly the dome. Thanks for climbing all those steps for me so I won’t need to! Glad you treated yourself to sorbet.
I know, that seems like a crazy number. Even with 80 chapels that is still 6 or 7 masses a day in each chapel! Wonder how anyone got anything else accomplished?
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