Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 along with the neighbouring Alcazar and Archivo de las Indias, the Seville Cathedral was built on the site of an existing mosque between 1402 and 1506. La Giralda (bell tower of the cathedral) features a medley of architectural designs including the original two thirds which were an ancient Islamic minaret built between 1184 and 1198. The last third of the tower was added in the 16th century as a belfry extension which features a statue (Giraldillo) representing Faith.
Today, the Cathedral of Seville and particularly La Giralda is the number one tourist attraction situated in the historic medieval heart of Sevilla, Andalusia, Spain. The massive Seville Cathedral features exquisite and intricate decorations made of gold and the world's largest alter piece crafted by Pierre Dancart. The building stands to demonstrate the wealth of Seville which had become a major trading centre.
The Cathedral and La Giralda take up a whole block in the city centre with several entrances from the street and from public squares such as Plaza Virgen de los Reyes where a variety of cafes line the streets and provide stunning views of the impressive architecture of these buildings.
Seville Cathedral and La Giralda (bell tower/minaret), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, seen from the Plaza Virgen de los Reyes at dusk, Santa Cruz District, City of Sevilla (Seville), Province of Sevilla, Andalusia (Andalucia), Spain, Europe.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/14.0, exposure time of 6/1 sec. on ISO 50, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 16mm.
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