Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Una Giralda

If you look on the right sidebar of this page, there will be quite a few pictures running on a slideshow, many of which show views from the Giralda of the connecting Cathedral of Seville.

Like so many religious buildings around this part of the world, the Seville Cathedral was originally a mosque, and the Giralda tower (named for the weathervane on top called a giraldillo) was its minaret. The cathedral itself is the largest Gothic cathedral and third largest church in the world.

First the Cathedral, and then the Girald and both are the kind of places that makes you “not quite sure whether twice seven is twelve or twenty-two.” So, so tall, and the best part? There aren’t any stairs; it’s a ramp to the top, winding around the square core of the tower. The ramp is wide enough for two mounted guards to pass one another on horseback. And the windows at every turn offer beautiful overlooks of the city and cathedral.

Afterwards, I got home to my housemates: two Spaniards, two Irish, two Belgians, and two other Americans. And I ate an enormous baguette which costs only 35 euros. It was a good day.

And sorry the pictures aren't bigger. That is my newest blogging challenge.

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