Tram tracks beside the Seville Cathedral - this cathedral is a well visited monument situated close to the Alcazar of Seville

Tram tracks beside the Seville Cathedral - this cathedral is a well visited monument situated close to the Alcazar of Seville

Thick exterior walls of the Seville Cathedral - the construction of this cathedral started in 1402

Thick exterior walls of the Seville Cathedral - the construction of this cathedral started in 1402

It took over 100 years to complete this cathedral (1506)

It took over 100 years to complete this cathedral (1506)

Facade of the Seville Cathedral with one of the towers of Seville Alcazar in the foreground

Facade of the Seville Cathedral with one of the towers of Seville Alcazar in the foreground

The Door of Assumption lies in the centre of the western wall

The Door of Assumption lies in the centre of the western wall

The relief of the Assumption over the door was added between 1877 and 1898

The relief of the Assumption over the door was added between 1877 and 1898

This 15th century door is called the Door of Saint Michael

This 15th century door is called the Door of Saint Michael

In front of the Door of St. Michael there is a sculptures of Saint Laurean

In front of the Door of St. Michael there is a sculptures of Saint Laurean

Seville Cathedral is built in the Gothic style and it is the largest Gothic church in the world

Seville Cathedral is built in the Gothic style and it is the largest Gothic church in the world

In 1987, Seville Cathedral was added to UNSECO's World Heritage Site

In 1987, Seville Cathedral was added to UNSECO's World Heritage Site

In the construction of this cathedral, some of the columns were used from the Muslim mosque which used to exist here

In the construction of this cathedral, some of the columns were used from the Muslim mosque which used to exist here

The central nave of the church reaches 42m in height and it is the longest nave of a church in Spain

The central nave of the church reaches 42m in height and it is the longest nave of a church in Spain

One of the stained glass windows of the Seville Cathedral

One of the stained glass windows of the Seville Cathedral

There are some notable burials ainside the church

There are some notable burials ainside the church

This photo shows a coffin of a holy man (most likely a priest) buried in the grounds of the church

This photo shows a coffin of a holy man (most likely a priest) buried in the grounds of the church

One of the most important burials, is the remains of Christopher Columbus

One of the most important burials, is the remains of Christopher Columbus

It is said that Christopher Columbus travelled more after death than many people would do in their life

It is said that Christopher Columbus travelled more after death than many people would do in their life

After traveling many countries, the remains of Christopher Columbus were sent to Spain in 1898

After traveling many countries, the remains of Christopher Columbus were sent to Spain in 1898

The construction of the Great Mosque of Seville was begun in 1172 during the rule of the Almohad caliph Abu Ya'qub Yusuf ibn 'Abd al-Mumin

The construction of the Great Mosque of Seville was begun in 1172 during the rule of the Almohad caliph Abu Ya'qub Yusuf ibn 'Abd al-Mumin

After the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa in 1212, the Muslims lost power in Spain and and Seville went in the Christian hands in 1248

After the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa in 1212, the Muslims lost power in Spain and and Seville went in the Christian hands in 1248

Mehrab of the old mosque sits behind this altar and top of this mehrab can be seen in the background

Mehrab of the old mosque sits behind this altar and top of this mehrab can be seen in the background

After Seville fell to the Christians in 1248 the mosque was used as a church until 1401

After Seville fell to the Christians in 1248 the mosque was used as a church until 1401

Flag of King Ferdinand III of Castile - it is believed that this flag was hoisted above the city after its capture

Flag of King Ferdinand III of Castile - it is believed that this flag was hoisted above the city after its capture

King Ferdinand III of Castile accepting city keys from the Muslim ruler

King Ferdinand III of Castile accepting city keys from the Muslim ruler

In the background, the dome of the cathedral can be seen - it collapsed  in 1511 and then again in 1888

In the background, the dome of the cathedral can be seen - it collapsed in 1511 and then again in 1888

A plaque next to the Giralda Tower's stairs - it has information in both Arabic and the Spanish

A plaque next to the Giralda Tower's stairs - it has information in both Arabic and the Spanish

A closer look at the plaque, it gives us the details of the construction of the mosque 13 Safar 580H (26 May, 1184)

A closer look at the plaque, it gives us the details of the construction of the mosque 13 Safar 580H (26 May, 1184)

The chief architect of the mosque, and the man who laid the foundation of the minaret, was Ahmad ibn Basu

The chief architect of the mosque, and the man who laid the foundation of the minaret, was Ahmad ibn Basu

Access to the top is by a series of 34 gently sloping ramps and it is aid that muuezzin used to climb this minar on a horse back to call for the prayer

Access to the top is by a series of 34 gently sloping ramps and it is aid that muuezzin used to climb this minar on a horse back to call for the prayer

Inside of the Giralda Tower - it is an iconic structure in the skyline of Seville

Inside of the Giralda Tower - it is an iconic structure in the skyline of Seville

Bells of the Seville Cathedral, when I was on top of the tower, the bells started to ring and they were very loud

Bells of the Seville Cathedral, when I was on top of the tower, the bells started to ring and they were very loud

A closeup of one of the bells of the Giralda Tower

A closeup of one of the bells of the Giralda Tower

Views from the top of the Giralda Tower are breathtaking

Views from the top of the Giralda Tower are breathtaking

A new tower like building under construction - for many centuries La Giralda was the tallest structure in Seville

A new tower like building under construction - for many centuries La Giralda was the tallest structure in Seville

Looking at the North side was the Plaza de Franciso with the Town Hall, Salvador church and the Cartuja peninsula of the Expo1992 with the Alamillo and Barqueta bridges.

Looking at the North side was the Plaza de Franciso with the Town Hall, Salvador church and the Cartuja peninsula of the Expo1992 with the Alamillo and Barqueta bridges.

One of the bridges of Seville  from the Giralda Tower

One of the bridges of Seville from the Giralda Tower

To the South lies the Alcazar of Seville

To the South lies the Alcazar of Seville

View from the south side of the Giralda Tower

View from the south side of the Giralda Tower

Roof of the Seville Cathedral with the General Archive of the Indies in the background

Roof of the Seville Cathedral with the General Archive of the Indies in the background

Top of the Alamillo Bridge, seen from the la Giralda

Top of the Alamillo Bridge, seen from the la Giralda

In the middle of this photo is the Metropol Parasol of Seville - it is a wooden structure built in 2011

In the middle of this photo is the Metropol Parasol of Seville - it is a wooden structure built in 2011

A panoramic view of Seville from the top of the minaret

A panoramic view of Seville from the top of the minaret

The Cajasol Tower will be the tallest tower in Seville, when completed

The Cajasol Tower will be the tallest tower in Seville, when completed

Seville - seen from the Giralda Tower

Seville - seen from the Giralda Tower

A closer view of the Indian archive building

A closer view of the Indian archive building

The Door of the Lizard (Puerta del Lagarto) lies next to the Court of the Oranges

The Door of the Lizard (Puerta del Lagarto) lies next to the Court of the Oranges

The Giralda Tower - seen from the Courtyard of the Oranges

The Giralda Tower - seen from the Courtyard of the Oranges

The Door of Forgiveness seen from inside the Court of the Oranges

The Door of Forgiveness seen from inside the Court of the Oranges

The Court of Oranges was site for the ablution for the Msulims before going inside the mosque for prayer

The Court of Oranges was site for the ablution for the Msulims before going inside the mosque for prayer

Exterior of the Seville Cathedral seen from the arch of the Door of Forgiveness

Exterior of the Seville Cathedral seen from the arch of the Door of Forgiveness

Ceiling of the Door of Forgiveness

Ceiling of the Door of Forgiveness

Exterior of the Door of Forgiveness - this used to be the main entrance of the mosque

Exterior of the Door of Forgiveness - this used to be the main entrance of the mosque

A depiction of the purification being carried out, perhaps the victims were Muslims

A depiction of the purification being carried out, perhaps the victims were Muslims

A guy with a sword at the entrance door to the Patio de los Naranjos

A guy with a sword at the entrance door to the Patio de los Naranjos

Seal on facade of the door on Calle Alemanes

Seal on facade of the door on Calle Alemanes

The Giralda Tower (old minaret of Almohad Mosque) is 43 feet (105 m) in height

The Giralda Tower (old minaret of Almohad Mosque) is 43 feet (105 m) in height

Upper part of the la Giralda, this minaret resembles to that of Koutoubia Mosque in Morocco

Upper part of the la Giralda, this minaret resembles to that of Koutoubia Mosque in Morocco

The architect Hernán Ruiz, heavily influenced by Italian renaissance architecture, came forth with an ambitious design for increasing the height of the Giralda by 30 meters (100 feet) and turning the top into a bell tower

The architect Hernán Ruiz, heavily influenced by Italian renaissance architecture, came forth with an ambitious design for increasing the height of the Giralda by 30 meters (100 feet) and turning the top into a bell tower

Middle section of the minaret, in 1188, a new architect, 'Ali al-Ghumari, was in charge. Al-Ghumari decided to use baked brick instead of cut stone for the rest of the minaret

Middle section of the minaret, in 1188, a new architect, 'Ali al-Ghumari, was in charge. Al-Ghumari decided to use baked brick instead of cut stone for the rest of the minaret

The outer surface of the minaret was decorated with a pattern of interlaced arches in raised brickwork, and glass panes were set in the windows

The outer surface of the minaret was decorated with a pattern of interlaced arches in raised brickwork, and glass panes were set in the windows

Exterior of the minaret of Seville Cathedral

Exterior of the minaret of Seville Cathedral

Old Roman stones were used at the base of the tower

Old Roman stones were used at the base of the tower

Latin is written on one of the blocks of the tower

Latin is written on one of the blocks of the tower

Horse driven carriages beside the Giralda Tower

Horse driven carriages beside the Giralda Tower

Horse driven carriages start their journey here when they are hired to visit the city

Horse driven carriages start their journey here when they are hired to visit the city

A building next to the tower

A building next to the tower

Top of the Giralda Tower (to the left), seen from the Metropol Parasol

Top of the Giralda Tower (to the left), seen from the Metropol Parasol

Giralda Tower, seen from the nearby Torre del Oro

Giralda Tower, seen from the nearby Torre del Oro

Tower rising above the skyline of Seville on a cloudy morning

Tower rising above the skyline of Seville on a cloudy morning