Old Town Sevilla is a pedestrian haven. There are one way streets for cars, but the roads are so narrow that drivers are forced to slow down. Amazingly, I have yet to hear anyone lay on the horn. If this were NYC, you’d be assaulted by the sound of honking left and right. This Old Town is surprisingly quiet aside from the baseline humming of human activity. We decided that Spaniards are much quieter than their neighbors in Italy. We also finally felt at ease traveling, as there is none of the aggression like what we’d encountered in Marrakech and Fez.
Our first stop for the day was the Sevilla Cathedral, which is the third largest cathedral in Europe, and the largest Gothic church anywhere. After the Moors were defeated, and Sevilla conquered by Ferdinand III the King of Castile in 1248, the Christians constructed this cathedral between 1401-1528 over the original mosque.
The following are some other interesting finds in the cathedral.
The only structure of the original mosque that was left untouched was the minaret – now called the Giralda Tower. Back then, the muezzin rode a donkey up to the top 5 times a day for call to prayers.
Touring the largest gothic church can be surprisingly tiring. So instead of spending another few hours touring the Royal Alcazar, we decided to take it easy after lunch, and relax at the Plaza de España