The Gold Inside Seville Cathedral

By Abi King | Inspire Me

Jun 18

Golden cross inside Seville's Cathedral


Inside Seville Cathedral

When it came to first impressions, the inside of Seville’s sprawling cathedral left me cold. I saw gloom and scaffolding, dust and darkness, while the dreams and shadows of the Spanish Inquisition lurked behind locked gates and doors.

Outside, it’s completely different. Sunshine, oranges, fountains and fresh air mingle with the chatter of horses’ hooves on the stony streets.

The Cathedral of Seville is the third largest in Europe (and the largest in the world by volume, as any local will immediately inform you.) It forms the focus for the annual Semana Santa processions, apparently holds the body of Christopher Columbus and offers a rooftop view of the city from the top of its legendary Giralda tower.

On the outside, I love it. Yet inside…

I decided it was time to take a second look. To search for something beautiful, inspiring, provocative or unusual.

So, for this week’s Photo Friday, I bring you art from inside Seville’s Cathedral. Let me know what you think…

Seville Cathedral: Largest altarpiece in the world

Seville Cathedral: Largest altarpiece in the world

Crucifix inside Sevile Cathedral

Inside Seville’s Cathedral

Ceiling in a side chapel - Seville Cathedral

Ceiling in a side chapel – Seville Cathedral

Stone ceiling in Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral: The Largest By Volume

Gold treasure in Seville Cathedral

Crown Jewels

Close up of crown jewels in Seville Cathedral

Searching for detail…

Crucifixion scene in gold in Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

Fiona June 20, 2011

Nah, still doesn’t do it for me, sorry. Not your photos, which are great, and some interesting deatils there. It’s the combination of little cherubs and so much GOLD! BLING! Let’s blind the poor lowly faithful eejits into submission by impressing them with all this stuff which they could never dream of having, so they’ll think religion is AMAZING!! Bleeurgh.

Abi King July 4, 2011

And you haven’t even touched on the “graven images” thing ;)

Jenna September 17, 2011

The architectural details of this cathedral are stunning. I love a church with an ornate ceiling!

Abi King September 17, 2011

Seville’s cathedral has sooo many different ceilings. It’s a real hotch potch on the inside, built up from years of intrigue and power! But definitely ornate…

Harry Wainwright October 1, 2011

Seville cathedral is amazing As an atheist I shouldn’t like churches, but I see them as the work of men of high talent. That’s all I need to know. PS Come and see Liverpool’s two cathedrals, beautiful in different ways.

    Abi King March 23, 2012

    And in many places, for many years they were the only way artists could express themselves…I just still prefer Seville’s cathedral from the outside I think. (PS – You’re right, I should come and see Liverpool!)

Heidi Brault February 16, 2012

Love Seville’s cathedral – I had the pleasure of visiting it last year. I especially loved being able to walk up to the top of the tower. Great photos!

    Abi King March 23, 2012

    Thank you…I love the outside. Still not sure about the inside…

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