Sail the Iberian Peninsula - 2019

The enormity of the cathedral is exemplified in its numerical statistics. It covers 253,000 square ft. and in the 16 th century it exceeded the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul as the largest cathedral in the world. There are 15 separate doors into the edifice on the 4 facades. There are 80 separate chapels inside, including the Royal Chapel where Queen Isabela and King Ferdinand are entombed. The Bell Tower, called El Giralda (“Triumph of the Christian Faith”) was created using the original mosque minaret. The Tower stands 343 ft. high and sits on a base of 23 sq. ft. It has been damaged at least three times including once by an earthquake which removed the bells from the belfry. Though size statistics are surely impressive, these pale when one considers the magnificent interior with its art works, its huge retablo, and choir box, the high vaulted ceilings and all the Gothic decorations. No wonder an episode from “Game of Thrones” was filmed here. Being inside this amazing ancient cathedral is truly overpowering in many ways.

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