and the Giralda
This golden chapel was meant to impress visitors with the
wealth displayed in Seville's Cathedral. The building itself is
the world's third largest church, a Gothic behemoth that
perhaps could best be photographed from the air. A World
Heritage Site, it contains a tomb monument to Christopher
Columbus, although the bones are yet to pass their DNA test in
competition with a New World rival Columbus grave. All of
this sits upon the site of a great Moorish mosque that was
demolished, except for its minaret, which was only altered.
Converted into the Cathedral's bell tower, and
now known as the Giralda, this former 12th
Century minaret is now the symbol of Seville. It
is a very close relation, both in time and design,
to the Koutoubia Mosque Minaret, the symbol
of Marrakesh, Morocco. Click for Comparison .
The Giralda is also lit at night, same as the Koutoubia
Mosque Minaret. Advantage to Spain for better lighting.
The Giralda, unlike Koutoubia, can be entered and
climbed by a tourist of any faith, allowing me to have a
proper view looking down upon Seville. We will soon
leave the three World Heritage Sites featured so far,
because I became interested in something very Spanish
that stood out from atop the Giralda.
From the Giralda, here is the round shape of Seville's
Maestranza Bullring. It is supposed to be Spain's
most attractive bullring. Worth a closer look, even
though Spanish television had already convinced me
that I had no interest in bullfighting itself.
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