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If you had visited this spot
in the 12th and 13th centuries,
you would have had the
opportunity to visit the Almohade
Mosque. Today, almost all signs
of the mosque are gone. In its
place is a Christian Gothic
cathedral started in 1401. The
cathedral took just a little over
100 years to complete, retaining
only the Patio Naranjos and the Giralda
Tower from the former
Above: Stone sculpture on the
exterior of the cathedral.
In October of
2003 a visit to the cathedral was one of
my main reasons for going to Seville.
Luckily, I had allowed four days to see
the city. I almost missed getting into
the cathedral due to not planning my time
well and special ceremonies in the
cathedral related to the Pope naming a
Sevillen to Carnal status.
|Before being torn down for
construction of the current
cathedral, the Almohade Mosque
was converted for Christian
worship and was used from 1248 to1401
A.D. as a cathedral.
above: The cathedral's ceiling, showing
the vault and ribbing.