Seville Cathedral: Distant context view of the Giralda Tower



La Giralda is the city’s most famous symbol. Its square base is 13.61 metres and a height of 105 metres. It was built as a minaret of the old mosque, although the bell tower and spire top is Renaissance (1568). The name comes from the statue of Faith (a weathervane) which tops the spire. It is one of three remaining Almohad minarets in the world.

Located in Seville, Andalusia, southern Spain: it is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. At the time of its completion in the 16th century, it supplanted the Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world. Construction began in 1402 on the site of a former mosque which had been converted. The dome has collapsed twice and been rebuilt. There are over 80 chapels including a Capilla Real with the tombs of some royals. The Giralda bell tower is a converted minaret and stands 105 m tall. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Catedral de Santa María de la Sede

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Architecture

  • Bell towers

  • Minarets

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Late Gothic

  • Plateresque

Place of Creation
  • Seville

  • Seville, Seville, Spain: Plaza Virgen de los Reyes; western side faces Avenida de la Constitución

  • +37.385833-5.993056

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Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility and Access Public
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