Welcome to my templeseeker travel blog! In this post, we’ll be exploring the beautiful city of Seville in southern Spain and delving into the history and architecture of its stunning churches. Seville is known for its rich culture and history, and its churches are a testament to the city’s past and present. Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or simply looking for some inspiration for your next travel destination, this post is sure to pique your interest. Join me as we discover the intricate details and hidden gems of Seville’s churches, from the grand Cathedral to the lesser-known chapels tucked away in the city’s winding streets. All the photography on this blog is my own original photography and I will also include tips on where to eat and how to get around in Seville. Let’s get started!
I’m lucky enough to be exploring Southern Spain with Rachel from Blondwayfarer.com so be sure to also check out her posts on Seville too!
Map of the Best Churches in Seville
You will be pleased to know that the best Churches of Seville are actually all walkable as they are found in the historic centre near to the river Guadalquivir. Many of them are free to enter as a visitor, just be aware of mass and Church service times. Most Churches in Seville will welcome guests who want to join as a member of the congregation for mass or other services.
Travel Tip – Visit Seville in Holy Week!
Holy Week (Semana Santa in Spanish) is one of the biggest festivals in Seville and one of the best times of year to visit if you are interested in religion and culture. The processions continue from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday morning and are free for all to see through the streets of the city. Note that it is very hot and busy during Holy week in Seville and the processions are numerous – approximately 60 processions in total. Seville can be very loud during this time and you will see a lot of mess and rubbish on the streets, so avoid Easter if this sounds like a bit much for you!
What are the Best Churches in Seville?
If you have a limited time in Seville then focus on the most impressive Churches and Palaces including:
- Real Alcazar and Seville Cathedral
- Iglesia Colegial del Salvador
- Iglesia de San Lorenzo
#1 Seville Cathedral – Catedral de Sevilla
One of the best known Churches in Seville is, of course, Seville Cathedral. Located in the heart of the city, is one of the most magnificent churches in Spain and a must-visit attraction for any traveler to Seville. Built on the site of a former mosque, the cathedral was completed in the 16th century and boasts an impressive array of architectural styles, including Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque. The cathedral’s main nave is the largest of any cathedral in the world, and its intricate details, including intricate carvings and stunning stained-glass windows, are truly awe-inspiring. Visitors can also climb the cathedral’s famous bell tower, La Giralda (which used to be the Minaret of the Mosque), for breathtaking views of the city. It’s 35 floors (with slopes rather than steps) and well worth the climb to the top. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Seville Cathedral is not to be missed for its historical significance, stunning beauty, and unique blend of architectural styles.
#2 Iglesia Colegial del Salvador
If you only have time for one more Seville Church other than the Cathedral, please let it be this one! The Iglesia Colegial del Salvador, also known as the Collegiate Church of El Salvador, is a magnificent church located in the historic centre of Seville, Spain. Built in the 18th century, the church is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and is adorned with intricate carvings, sculptures, and frescoes. One of the most striking features of the church is its stunning dome, which is covered in beautiful frescoes depicting scenes from the life of Christ. The interior of the church is equally impressive, with its elaborate altarpieces, chapels, and ornate decorations. The church is a popular destination for both tourists and locals and is used for religious services, concerts, and cultural events. With its awe-inspiring beauty and rich history, the Iglesia Colegial del Salvador is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Seville.
#3 Iglesia de San Lorenzo
The Iglesia de San Lorenzo is a historic church located in the heart of Sevilla. It is known for its unique Baroque architecture and intricate interior decorations. The church dates back to the 13th century and has undergone several renovations over the years. The most recent restoration, completed in 2013, has restored much of the original Baroque features, including the high altar and the sacristy. One of the most notable features of the church is the ornate chapel of the Virgen del Mayor Dolor, which is adorned with beautiful frescoes and carvings.
#4 Iglesia de San Luis de los Franceses
The Iglesia de San Luis de los Franceses is a beautiful church that dates back to the 18th century. The church is known for its stunning Baroque architecture, which was designed by the renowned architect Leonardo de Figueroa. One of the most striking features of the church is its intricate façade, which is adorned with ornate carvings and sculptures. The interior of the church is equally impressive, with its beautiful altarpieces, frescoes, and marble columns. The church is also famous for its impressive sacristy, which features an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, and religious artefacts. The Iglesia de San Luis de los Franceses is a popular tourist destination and is also used for religious services, concerts, and cultural events.
#5 Capilla de los Marineros
The Capilla de los Marineros, also known as the Chapel of the Sailors, is a beautiful chapel located in the Triana neighborhood of Seville, Spain. The chapel is dedicated to the Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of sailors, and is a significant cultural and religious site in the city. The chapel dates back to the 18th century and is famous for its stunning Baroque architecture, intricate decorations, and beautiful stained-glass windows. One of the most striking features of the chapel is its imposing bell tower, which offers panoramic views of the city. The Capilla de los Marineros is an important destination for sailors and seafarers from all over the world, who come to pay their respects to the Virgen del Carmen and ask for her protection on their journeys.
#6 Church of Santa Catalina
The Church of Santa Catalina is a beautiful historic church located in the heart of Seville, Spain. The church is named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria and was built in the 17th century. It is a stunning example of Baroque architecture, with its intricate façade and ornate interior decorations. The church is especially famous for its magnificent altarpiece, which was created by the renowned sculptor Pedro Roldán. The altarpiece features scenes from the life of Saint Catherine and is considered one of the finest examples of Baroque sculpture in Spain. The Church of Santa Catalina is a popular tourist destination and is also used for religious services and events. Its peaceful atmosphere and impressive architecture make it a must-see destination for anyone visiting Seville.
#7 Convento de Santa Ines
The Convento de Santa Ines, located in the heart of Seville, Spain, is a beautiful and historic convent that dates back to the 16th century. The convent is known for its impressive architecture, which blends Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles, and its peaceful cloistered courtyard. One of the most notable features of the convent is its impressive church, which houses a stunning altarpiece and beautiful stained-glass windows. The convent is also famous for its traditional sweets and pastries, which are made by the nuns and sold to visitors through a revolving door. Its peaceful atmosphere and delicious sweets make it a perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon tea or coffee, and it offers a unique glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Seville.
#8 Iglesia de San Pedro
The Iglesia de San Pedro is a charming church which dates back to the 14th century and is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture, with its impressive bell tower and ornate façade. The interior of the church is equally stunning, with its beautiful altarpieces, frescoes, and marble columns. One of the most notable features of the church is its beautiful courtyard, which is surrounded by orange trees and offers a peaceful escape from the bustling city streets.
#9 Basilica de Jesús del Gran Poder
This church is dedicated to Jesús del Gran Poder, a revered figure in the Catholic faith, and is known for its stunning architecture and religious art. The church dates back to the 20th century and is a beautiful example of Neo-Baroque and Neo-Gothic architecture, with its towering spire, ornate façade, and intricate carvings. Inside, visitors can admire the beautiful altarpieces, frescoes, and sculptures, which are made by some of the most talented artists of the time.
#10 Basílica del Santísimo Cristo de la Expiración
The Basílica del Santísimo Cristo de la Expiración, also known as El Cachorro, is a beautiful church located in the Triana neighbourhood of Seville. Built in the 17th century, the church is known for its striking Baroque façade and stunning interior, which includes intricate carvings and frescoes. However, the church is most famous for its Holy Week processions, during which the statue of the Cristo de la Expiración is paraded through the streets of Seville. The statue, which depicts Jesus carrying the cross, is considered one of the most important and revered religious images in Seville. Visitors to the Basílica del Santísimo Cristo de la Expiración can also see a museum dedicated to the church’s history and the famous processions.
Further Reading on Seville
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