Daily Archives: January 10, 2018

A Day in Seville

Our friends at Laude organized a school day excursion that took us to the city of Seville!

Headed out this morning on the bus — all smiles!

The city is the capital of Andalusia and the province of Seville and contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, the main stop of our visit. “See” refers to the bishop’s jurisdiction and would also be called the “diocese.”

Students from Laude and MPS pose for a photo in the Plaza del Triunfo before the tour of the Cathedral.

The Cathedral, often called the Seville Cathedral, is one of the largest churches in the world. In addition to an ornate central altar and elaborate choir loft, the cathedral contains 80 total chapels. Thanks to an audioguide, we learned more about a few of the chapels, looking more closely at the tombs and paintings depicting the lives of saints, patrons, and other religious figures.

Meg C shared this photo of the Cathedral, taken from the Plaza below.

In the period of Moroccan Muslim rule, a mosque was built on the site, near the palace, to serve as the largest place of worship. After La Reconquista, the mosque was repurposed and then eventually built over to serve as a show of the power of the Catholic Church and the wealth of the city.

El Palacio de San Telmo – the seat of the presidency of Andalusia – dates back to the 17th century. Photo by Meg C.

The chapel also holds some famous burial sites, including the one and only Christopher Columbus and one of his sons. Additionally, there was artwork by some of the most renowned Spanish artists, including Bartolome Esteban Murillo, a baroque painter.

The tomb of Christopher Columbus. Both he and his son, Ferdinand Columbus, are entombed at the Cathedral. The four figures represent the union of the four original kingdoms of Spain, Aragon, Castile, Léon, and Navarre, under Catholic rule.

We also climbed La Giralda, the tower in the Cathedral which dates back to the 12th century and is original from the mosque. After almost 40 levels up, the view of Seville was absolutely breathtaking!

From the top of La Giralda, the bell tower of the Seville Cathedral.

At the end of the day, Meg C shared that “Honestly, my favorite part of the day wasn’t the cathedral or the food (although those were amazing). My favorite moment was when
we were all walking back to the bus, and the sun really came out for the first time. It had been
raining or cloudy since we got here, and the sun felt rejuvenating! We all laughed and turned our faces toward the sun to try to soak up as many rays as possible. Immediately put in a good mood, we laughed and talked on the bus ride back to school. After today, we are even more excited for our next excursions and activities in Spain!”