The Sevilla Cathedral is the third largest church is Europe (St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London are larger). Taking 120 years to complete, the building began in 1401 on the site of a mosque. It is in the Guinness Book of Records for its massiveness.
The tower that stands above the church is called the Giralda Bell Tower with was built upon the base of the former mosque. The construction of the base of the tower began in 1184 by the Almohads and was later added to during the Reconquista when the Christians took over the city. Built and rebuilt over centuries, it is a mix of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture.
When I visited the church on Sunday, I heard, upon stepping into the foyer, a mass taking place. The voices of the worshipers and the priest echoed so beautifully inside the vault-like structures of the cathedral. This cathedral is more than just a museum-it is a live, current cultural facility.
The tower was open for a fee to visitors but I opted to visit Alcazar instead.