Seville Cathedral – Tickets and Guide

Seville Cathedral – Tickets and Guide

Tourist Information for Visiting the Cathedral in Seville

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The Seville Cathedral, known as the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede in Spanish, is one of the most iconic and impressive attractions in Seville, and is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world.

Getting Seville Cathedral tickets is a must for any tourist visiting the city!

Seville Cathedral General Information

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Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain. Puerta de Jerez metro station (7 mins walk) (Map)

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday: 10:45AM – 5PM,
Sunday: 2:40PM – 6:30PM

Entry and Tickets

Seville Cathedral tickets €17.50 for adults, children under 15 FREE (Book Tickets Online).
Consider the Super Seville Combi Ticket if you also intend to include the Alcazar Palace!

Seville Cathedral Tickets and Tours

How to buy Seville Cathedral tickets

Seville Cathedral has a limited capacity and can accommodate up to 2,000 visitors at a time. During busy tourist periods (weekends and holidays), the cathedral can get quite crowded, with very long waiting times. We strongly recommend making online reservations in advance.

– Tickets start from €17.50 Book Seville Cathedral Tickets Online Here

Securing reservations online allows you to skip the queues and make the most of your visit.

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Guided Tours for Seville Cathedral

If you’re looking to also include a guided tour of Seville Cathedral with your ticket, then the best option (and highest rated) is the following tour on GetYourGuide.
-Priority Entry Ticket with expert tour guide starts from €30 (Book Tour Online)

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If you’re planning on also visiting the Royal Alcazar, and want a guided tour of both, then I highly recommend the combination tour ticket that offers excellent value starting at €51 for both attraction tours. (Check Availability and Book Online)

Visiting Seville Cathedral

A visit to Seville Cathedral is highly recommended, and along with the Royal Alcazar, is one of the must-see attractions I always recommend tourists who are planning their itinerary.

Not only is it an architectural master piece (you’ll be blown away with the sheer size of the inside), it’s also filled with some of the most beautiful art. The Cathedral even has paintings from Goya and Murillo.

I would say you need at least 2 hours to fully explore the Cathedral, and ideally I would align it with a visit to the Royal Alcazar. It’s literally next door and a simple two minute walk away.

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seville cathedral outside courtyard

Seville Cathedral can get very busy, especially in the summer months and on weekends. It has been known to sell out on certain days, so do book in advance.

If you aren’t able to secure a ticket, there is a small section of the Cathedral you can visit for free. It’s mainly used for people attending mass, so it’s not designed for tourists. However if it is completely sold out, this can give some context to the architectural style and size of the Cathedral.

The Cathedral has plenty of information points scattered around for you to learn the history and origins of the buildings and artefacts. However, a guided tour or audio guide is well worth it and you can pre-book these online or book at the ticket office on-site.

Also, remember that the Cathedral is still used as a place of worship, and open to the local population (and visitors) for prayer times and mass. Always be respectful within the Cathedral, especially to the people who are attending for religious purposes.

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What to See in Seville Cathedral

Other than admiring the sheer size of the Cathedral, or checking out the intricate design details and artwork, here are a few of the must-see areas of Seville Cathedral:

Giralda Tower

The Giralda Tower is one of the most iconic parts of Seville Cathedral. Originally built as a minaret during the the time this site was a mosque, it’s the last remaining major remnant of the previous Moorish structure.

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You can walk to the top for some excellent views of Seville, and take the 35 ramps all the way to the top (there are no stairs as the original owner want to ride his horse to the top!).

The Giralda tower entry is normally an additional cost to visiting the Cathedral, so make sure you buy the appropriate ticket, as it’s well worth a visit.

Tomb of Christopher Columbus

Seville Cathedral is the home to the burials of many famous figures from Spanish history. Easily the most famous is the body of Christopher Columbus, the famous Spanish explorer.

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The tomb of Christopher Columbus
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The Patio de los Naranjos

As you would expect the tomb is a beautifully decorated and held up by 4 statues representing the ancient Spanish kingdoms of Castile, Leon, Aragon and Navarra.

Patio de los Naranjos

As seems common with most of Seville’s main attractions, the Cathedral has a beautiful courtyard and gardens area. This one is particularly majestic and lined with orange trees (hence the name). This was the space originally used when the site was a mosque so worshippers could wash their hands and feet before praying.

You pass through this patio on your way out of the Cathedral, but I’d recommend spending a little time exploring (especially if the weather is good) before heading for the exit.

Fun Fact: There us actually a full scale crocodile in Seville Cathedral! Don’t worry, it’s made of wood, and actually replaced a ‘stuffed crocodile’. Make sure you check it out in Patio de los Naranjos, and discover the interesting story behind it.

The Royal Chapel

Located at the head of the Cathedral the Royal Chapel is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Europe.

The Royal Chapel is where you’ll be able to find the Virgen de los Reyes (patron saint of Seville), a sculpture from the 13th century that is made from 22 carat gold and set with over 12 thousand stones.

Seville Cathedral History

The construction of Seville Cathedral began in 1401, and was built to replace a mosque after it was taken from the Moors by Ferdinand III during the conquest of Seville. Despite religious differences, the original mosque was so beautiful that they wanted to incorporate elements into the Cathedral’s design.

One of the most famous elements taken from the original mosque was the Giralda Tower. Originally the mosque’s minaret, this huge tower is now synonymous with the Seville Cathedral.

Initial construction of Seville Cathedral took over 100 years, and since then the Cathedral has had significant and ongoing restorations made.

With multiple architect and designers designers, combined with a blend of both Moorish and Catholic history, the Cathedral has a wonderfully unique design.

In 1987, UNESCO recognised Seville Cathedral as an official World Heritage Site.

Today the Cathedral is one Seville’s most visited attractions, offering tourists a chance to see this architectural marvel, as well as offering a place of worship for locals.

Seville Cathedral Location and How to Get There

The Seville Cathedral is located in central Seville, in the district of Santa Cruz district, making it convenient to visit alongside a large number of Seville’s top attractions.

It is possible to walk to the Cathedral from the centre, and it is easy to get to via public transport.

You can get to the Cathedral by taking the tram. The closest tram stop is Archivo de Indias Station which is then a 5 minute walk to the Cathedral.

For the Metro, get the L1 (line 1) to Puerta de Jerez station which is then a 4 minute walk away.

With regards to buses, you can take any of the following TUSSAM buses (C4, C3, 5, 41, 42, C1 and C2) and get off at Jardines del Cristina Station, which takes you within 5 minutes walk of the Cathedral.

Seville Cathedral FAQs

How old is Seville Cathedral?

Construction began in 1401 and took over a year to complete, making it approximately 600 years old.

Do you need tickets for Seville Cathedral?

Yes, tickets are required to enter the Seville Cathedral. To avoid long queues and ensure entry, it’s highly recommended to purchase your tickets in advance.

How long does it take to visit Seville Cathedral?

The average visit takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. However, the duration of your visit may vary depending on your interests and whether you choose to explore all its chapels, tombs, and artworks in detail.

Who is buried in Seville Cathedral?

The most famous burial in Seville Cathedral is that of the renowned explorer Christopher Columbus. His tomb is a notable feature within the cathedral and attracts visitors from around the world who come to pay their respects.

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