La Giralda, the 94 m-tall former minaret is the only remaining vestige of the mosque that used to stand where the cathedral is now located. It was used as both an observatory and a place to call the faithful to prayer before it was converted to a bell tower. The view from the top is superb.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
PRELUDE: SEVILLA (OCT 5, 2008)
Sevilla is a gem of a city and well worth visiting for a day or longer. Its early history goes back to Roman times. In the 11th century it became a part of the Moorish empire before being wrestled back by the Christians in the mid-13th century. The city is dominated by the massive Gothic cathedral which by volume is the largest in the world, surpassing both St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London.