Seville's cathedral, Santa Maria de la Sede, is the third largest church in Europe and largest Gothic cathedral in the world. The construction of the cathedral lasted over a century from 1401 to 1506. The cathedral is built on the site of a grand Almohad Mosque. The Moorish entrance court (Patio de los Naranjos); and the Giralda, originally a minaret, converted into a bell tower are reminiscent of the old mosque. Seville's cathedral was built to demonstrate the city's power and wealth after the Reconquista.
Book tickets in advance?
It is little cumbersome to buy tickets online. A better idea is to buy the combo entry ticket
at the ticket counter located in Church of El Salvador.
Combined Cathedral - Alcazar ticket?
Unfortunately there is no official ticket to combine Seville Alcazar and Seville Cathedral though they are next to each other.
The Roof Tour or the Cubiertas Tour is one of the best guided tours of any Cathedral in Spain. But for a regular Cathedral and Giralda tour, the audio guide is highly recommended. It helps you appreciate art in the various Chapels, and you don’t need a personal tour guide.
You can visit the Seville Cathedral on any day of the week and if you are religious the mass on Sunday is free and a great way to meet the local residents. But there are also other churches of Seville if your main interest is to meet locals. The Cathedral does tend to attract lots of tourists even for Sunday mass.