Travel Photo: Cathedral of Seville
The Cathedral of Seville in the historic center of Seville is a World Heritage Landmark site that is also the largest gothic cathedral in the world. After its completion in the early 16th century, the landmark became the largest cathedral in the world passing the Byzantine cathedral Hagia Sofia, which held this distinction for over a thousand years.
Built on the site of an ancient mosque, the remaining minaret was converted into a bell tower called La Giralda which is the most well-known symbol of the city. The famous Giralda is over 343 feet in height and was built to resemble the famous Katoubia mosque in Marrakesh, Morocco. Even though most of the Cathedral of Seville is built in gothic style, the top portion of the Giralda was fashioned in Renaissance style with gilt bronze balls.
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