Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, Sevilla
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Seville Cathedral

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Its official name is ''Catedral de Santa María de la Sede de Sevilla', but it is referred to as Seville Cathedral. The construction of the cathedral began in 1402, and it was meant to show Seville's wealth. At the time of its completion, it surpassed the Hagia Sophia, which held the title as the largest cathedral in the world.

Even though construction ended in 1506, a couple of accidents made the dome collapse, and work on the church needed to start again.

The cathedral has 80 chapels and a total area of 11,520 square meters. By size, it is the third largest in Europe after after St. Paul's Cathedral in London and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, but measured by volume, it surpasses them. The interior is huge, with the central nave measuring 42 meters, the longest in Spain.

On the south side, there is a monumental tomb, sculpted especially to be the resting place of explorer Christopher Columbus.

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