By Paige Calabrese `18
On January 30, 2017, I had the privilege of touring the Cathedral of Seville and the Giralda in Seville, Spain, where I am studying this semester. The architecture of the Cathedral is absolutely breathtaking, as it is a combination of Islamic and Gothic design, and at one point was a mosque.
The outside of the Cathedral is, to say the least, massive, with towering columns and pillars displaying intricately detailed arches and gargoyles. Upon stepping inside the Cathedral, I was entirely overwhelmed by the height of the ceilings as well as by the ostentatious designs of gold on the walls depicting scenes from the Bible. In addition to the building itself, there are works of art on display inside, such as paintings and sculptures depicting various Biblical scenes, portraits of rulers and ruling families, and the tomb containing the remains of Christopher Columbus.
The Giralda is a tower adjoining the Cathedral, with a wind vein at the very top in the form of a saint, representing the importance of faith. After climbing all 340 steps, I arrived at the top of the Giralda and was awestruck by the view: the entire city of Seville was sitting before me.