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Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1248-16th cent
Date of Inscription: 1987
Location: Europe, Spain, Province of Seville, Autonomous Community of Andalusia
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Description: In the central part of Seville, these three buildings in concert shape a notable monumental complex. Built during the Reconquest of 1248 to the 16th century and instilled with Moorish influences – the cathedral and the Alcázar are an incomparable demonstration to the Almohad civilization in addition to that of Christian Andalusia. The Giralda minaret is the Almohad architectural masterpiece. It is situated beside the five nave cathedral; Europe’s largest Gothic building, it gives shelter to Christopher Columbus’ tomb. The ancient Lonja (which became the Archivo de Indias) holds priceless archive documents from the colonies in the Americas. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Cathedral of Seville, formally Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See) was begun in 1402, with construction continuing into the 16th century. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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