what you need to know before visiting

The Cathedral of Seville is, together with the Alcázar, one of the most famous monuments of the Andalusian capital. The tower of the cathedral is the Giralda and is one of the symbols of the city. Tourists from all over the world visit the largest Gothic temple in Spain every day and climb its impressive tower. We offer you practical information to enjoy the visit to the Giralda in Seville.

A little history about the Giralda of Seville

In the year 1182, the Almohad tower was built, very similar to its twins in Rabat and Marrakech. These two precedents were the Hassan Tower (Rabat) and the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque (Marrakesh), which are still standing today. The resemblance is undeniable.

Subsequently, after the Christian conquest, the structure of the tower was transformed. In the 16th century, the bell tower was added to the tower of what would become the city’s cathedral.

It was finished off with a 4-meter sculpture that represented the triumph of faith. This sculpture, which acts as a weather vane and is known as the Giraldillo, was the largest in Europe at the time.

For centuries, it was the tallest tower in Spain. In fact, today I still feel one of the tallest and most famous monuments in all of Europe, with its 97.5 meters. If we include the Giraldillo, it exceeds 100 meters and reaches 101, an impressive height.

In 1928 it was declared a National Heritage and later in 1987, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Information about the visit to the Giralda in Seville

As we have said, the Seville Cathedral is one of the most visited monuments in the city. Therefore, we recommend going early (especially when it’s hot). The visit offered is a joint visit with the cathedral, since the Giralda is part of it.

You can enter the Giralda and climb to the top of the tower. The whole journey is quite spacious ramps, there are no stairs. Although the climb is a bit steep, it is well worth it. The views it offers of the city are impressive.

Next, we enclose the practical informationregarding both the schedule and the ticket prices

Times to visit the cathedral and climb the Giralda

The hours coincide with those of the cathedral. In summer, the opening time is brought forward and it also closes earlier. Summer hours are maintained from July 1 to August 31:

  • Monday: from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • From Tuesday to Saturday: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: from 14:30 to 18:00

The rest of the year, that is, from September 1 to June 30, the schedule is as follows:

  • Monday: from 11:00 to 15:30
  • From Tuesday to Saturday: from 11:00 to 17:00
  • Sunday: from 14:30 to 18:00

The duration of the visit is usually about 50 minutes.

There are two types of input:

  • General admission: 9 euros. Includes visit to El Salvador.
  • Reduced ticket: 4 euros. For pensioners and students under 25 years of age.
  • With audio guide: 3 euros.

Some groups have free admission: born in Seville capital or province, the unemployed, the disabled (and their companion), those under 16 years of age and authorized groups.

in a special way, on Monday from 16:30 to 18:00 a free guided tour is offered which must be booked in advance. The guide is available in both English and Spanish.

The Giralda of Seville: a muse of literature

As a curiosity, it should be added that this monument appears in several literary works. It is mentioned in well-known works, such as the entertaining journey (1603) by Agustín de Rojas Villandrando and also in The Quijote (1605), by Miguel de Cervantes.

Various writers have dedicated poems to her beautysuch as Juan Ramón Jiménez and the Álvarez Quintero brothers, among others.

“Giralda, how beautiful you seem to me, Giralda! Just like her, happy, fine and blonde.”

-Juan Ramon Jimenez-

The visit to the Giralda in Seville is a must if you are in the city. Immerse yourself in its history and admire how the Arab and the Christian merge in a single tower. Definitely, the Giralda is a faithful representation of the history of southern Spain and the mixture of cultures of the past. Do not miss it!

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