Before leaving the Cathedral

Before leaving the Cathedral, I feel the need to mention some of the other treasures to be found there. Unless you work in some nations gold reserve building, you will not see more gold in one place in your life than behind the main altar. This was closed off for renovation while I was there. Around the church everyone will see many wonders.

Have to include Colombus, as his son did such a good job. The four figures carrying the coffin are the four kings of conquering Spain (Al Andalus was conquered so its not included). They were the kings of Navarra, Castille, Aragon and Leon. {I haven’t had my laptop for some days now, but will try to repair the pic of the tomb of Colombus when I get it back}

There we go.

Relics were regarded as hugely powerful by the church and great churches gathered them as best they could. Relics of saints were good to get – specially if the saint was a crowd puller, but anything to do with the life of Christ was top league. There was a time when Knights would be given a quest to get some of the True Cross, the Crown of Thorns, the Grail, His last robe, etc. They won fame if they could gain such relics for their church. The crusades caused something of a flood. Relics have been of interest to me since my boys and I had an “Indiana Jones” type half an hour in Piza hunting La Spina. And there it was, the only exposed relic – Espina. The others were covered in purple cloth.

Writing and reading was also central to the church. As the gold poured into Spain, things got a bit fancy.

Finally, just a mention for the timber – mostly “spanish” or Cuban Mahogany. It is so old, it has gone almost black. It drinks in the light and is hard to photograph it, but worth looking at. The carvings of biblical scenes are a wonder in themselves.

Thats not it by a long shot for Seville. The stunning grandeur of the Cathedral, the palace, the archives, the shops, the tobacco factory (nothing to do with tobacco now), the gold tower, the beautiful private courtyards, the lack of crime or litter, the welcome of everyone we met, the carriage rides, the food, the music, the….. Good and bad it is a beautiful place. We went to Cordoba as well so something from there later. Some of these things I photographed. Things like wandering on a beach, driving in a convertable car with the top down doing the ton through the oranges, grape vines, olive groves, mown wheat fields, the old walled in haciendas, (ok, ok, I was on the road, but they were close by), meeting people from home (happens to Irish everywhere in the world), the beggars, tasting different foods, festivals, cycling in Seville, haggling with the leather workers in Mijas (some will not sell to you if you take their first price – you insult them, some need the money), avoiding cyclists on the motorway, shopping in Marbella, finding the best of your favourite food in the array of restraunts, people watching on the streets, night time horse racing, watching the Guardia Civil during an opperation, flamenco displays – you will have to do (and should do) for yourself.  Adios.

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2 responses to “Before leaving the Cathedral

  1. I really enjoyed the photos and the information shared. I have a fascination with religious relics also, although I think I’m more tuned into the history than the actual finds. I haven’t seen anything like what you’ve shared here. I don’t know which part of your trip is the most exciting…it all sounds really exceptional! Debra

    • Thank you for the comment Debra. I found out some 20 years ago that I could spend a large amount of money to get a holiday put together, or a large amount of time putting a holiday together. I much prefer to spend the time as I don’t have that amount of money! Guide books, the internet, people who have tread that path before and people who live there all help. I would hate to spend the fare to arrive and waste time wondering what to do.

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