Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla, map). Huge 15th-century church on the site of the former great mosque; richly decorated with the central nave rising to 37 m. An ornate canopy and statue marks the final resting place of Christopher Columbus.
Real Alcázar (map), Enter from Plaza del Triunfo. A beautiful palace in Mudéjar (Moorish) style, built in the 14th century. With its myriad rooms, extravagant architecture, lavish gardens with many courtyards, ponds and secrets to be explored, it is a fascinating place to visit. The room where Christopher Columbus’s journey across the Atlantic was planned has his coat of arms embroidered on the wall along with those of royalty.
Museo de Bellas Artes (map). Considered by some as the second most important fine arts museum in Spain after the Prado in Madrid. The museum building is a former mercy convent renewed in the 17th century and the 15 exhibition rooms show a comprehensive picture of Sevillian art from the Gothic period to the early trends of the 20th century. The square just outside hosts an open-air art market on Sundays until around 13:30.
Museo Arqueológico de Sevilla (Seville Archeology Museum, map). It has one of the best collection of Roman-era artifacts in Spain, brought from nearby Italica.
Parque María Luisa (map). Built for the 1929 Iber-Americano World’s Fair and now landscaped with attractive monuments and museums.
Palacio de Las Dueñas (Las Duenas Palace, map) is a palace belonging to the House of Alba. It was built in the 15th century, with Renaissance architecture style and Gothic-Mudejar influences. The palace is one of the major historic homes in the city. The Palace has a great collection of paintings, ceramics, antique furniture and other decorative arts, sculptures of Ancient Rome and contemporary, Flemish tapestries, mosaics, and many other pieces of art. An important site for understanding Andalusian customs and history.
Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija (Palace of the Countess of Lebrija, map). The palace is considered the ‘best paved house-palace in Europe’ owing to its collection of Roman mosaics, which paved practically the whole of the ground floor. There is also a collection of well parapets, vases, amphora, columns and sculptures of incalculable worth.
Archivo General de Indias (*General Archive of the Indies, map). This Renaissance building houses extensive archives relating to the Spanish conquest of the Americas, and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Included in the collection are the diaries of Columbus. The archive hosts rotating special exhibits.