Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, Sevilla

There are many wonderful photos of the Cathedral in Seville to be found in books and on the web and yet I still have the temerity to post our personal set of snaps with a particular point of view.  It starts by pivoting on my heel 180 degrees from facing Ms Haversham’s abode (previous posting) in order to walk along this face of the Cathedral.

Walking round the outside, first impressions are of an extraordinary mixing of shapes and ornamentations with one amazing piece of work cheek by jowl against another.

Externally it’s v much a wedding cake of a place …

theinfillclicks - a wedding cake of a place

… that has attached itself to a medieval tower, begun in 1184.

La Giralda’s, first two-thirds were a minaret and it is used now as a bell tower.

theinfillclicks - La Giralda in relation to this side of Cathedral

And inside it is gloriously decorated.

theinfillclicks - in the Cathedral - Seville

The roof shapes, arches and buttresses are full of detailed work and shaping that we humans can barely see.

theinfillclicks - the courtyard of Cathedral from Giralda bell platform

From the top of La Giralda you look down into the Cathedral courtyard, full of Seville orange trees, and across many of the roofs of the building complex.

There’s flat roof areas with supporting structures and buttresses.

theinfillclicks - roofs of Cathedral, Seville

And areas that echo the shaping of Cardinals’ hats.

theinfillclicks - roof area detail 2

And domes of various shapes too.

But up in La Giralda there’s the bells.

theinfillclicks - the bells in La Giralda

Intricate carvings, ironwork and mechanisms all amongst the brickwork.  And video cameras everywhere.

theinfillclicks - La Giralda bells details

Whilst inside the flights of fancy just flow…

theinfillclicks - intricate bobbling detail

… and the light is magnificent, with occasional strange results.

theinfillclicks - sun thro an upper windowtheinfillclicks - shadow on a Cathedral pillar

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4 responses

  1. Beautiful and amazing.

    March 31, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    • It is an amazing place – and there’s so much of it too 🙂 Thanks so much for dropping by

      March 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm

  2. the top view is so cool 🙂

    April 2, 2012 at 11:24 am

    • Many thanks. It looks like a toy from up there, doesn’t it? Thanks for stopping by 😉

      April 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

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