Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville



SpainEurope and North AmericaProvince of Seville, Autonomous Community of AndalusiaN37 23 1.824 W5 59 29.581987201012187CulturalTo represent a masterpiece of human creative geniusTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape designTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappearedTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significanceHousingManagement systems/ management plan383http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/383http://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=383Together these three buildings form a remarkable monumental complex in the heart of Seville. The cathedral and the Alcázar – dating from the Reconquest of 1248 to the 16th century and imbued with Moorish influences – are an exceptional testimony to the civilization of the Almohads as well as that of Christian Andalusia. The Giralda minaret is the masterpiece of Almohad architecture. It stands next to the cathedral with its five naves; the largest Gothic building in Europe, it houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus. The ancient Lonja, which became the Archivo de Indias, contains valuable documents from the archives of the colonies in the Americas.World Heritage Site
CountrySpain
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationProvince of Seville, Autonomous Community of Andalusia
CoordinatesN37 23 1.824 W5 59 29.58
Inscription Date1987
Minor Modifications2010
Property (ha)12
Buffer Zone (ha)187
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
Unesco Reference Number383
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/383
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=383
DescriptionTogether these three buildings form a remarkable monumental complex in the heart of Seville. The cathedral and the Alcázar – dating from the Reconquest of 1248 to the 16th century and imbued with Moorish influences – are an exceptional testimony to the civilization of the Almohads as well as that of Christian Andalusia. The Giralda minaret is the masterpiece of Almohad architecture. It stands next to the cathedral with its five naves; the largest Gothic building in Europe, it houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus. The ancient Lonja, which became the Archivo de Indias, contains valuable documents from the archives of the colonies in the Americas.
StatusWorld Heritage Site