The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See is the main Cathedral of Seville
. Consecrated in 1507, it is the third largest church in the world and the largest gothic church. As well as its neighbor, the Alcazar Castle, it was registered in the UNESCO World Heritage SIte in 1987. The neighborhood near the cathedral, spanning from El Arenal to the barrio of Santa Cruz, is one of the most beautiful in Andalusia.
Seville Cathedral took over a century to complete after construction first began in 1401. The Church Elders had aimed to build the most beautiful and magnificent cathedral possible and few would argue that they achieved their aim. None were still alive of course to see its completion. The site was that of a former 12th Century mosque that had been built by the Moors. Remnants of that still stand today; Patio de las Naranjas, Puerta del Perdon and the Giralda. The total area is in excess of 11,500 square meters which matches St. Peter’s in Rome and the Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida in Brazil. At 42 meters high, the Cathedral of Seviile dominates the immediate skyline. The Cathedral resists the temptation to be too elaborate and, in some ways, its simplicity adds to its impressiveness. Only in the "Retablo Mayor" you will find decorations that could even approach the level of being excessive.