Archivo General de Indias, Seville

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Archivo General de Indias is home to 15 million pages of documents, including Christopher Columbus' journal, the Bull of Demarcation by Pope Alexander VI, dividing the world between Spain and Portugal, and more. The historic building itself dates to 1572, when Philip II commissioned El Escorial architect Juan de Herrera to design a building for the Consulate of Merchants of Seville, who had a habit of meeting in the Cathedral to escape the hot sun. In the 18th century, Carlos III ordered the building converted to an archive for all documents generated by the conquest the Indies and America. Admission is free and includes rotating exhibitions where you can see original documents and maps on display, along with English translations, as well as films explaining their history. To visit Archivo General de Indias on your trip to Seville, use our Seville travel planning app.
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  • Well located and free, this is definitely worth a brief visit. There is an extensive collection of historical records, some of which are on display in the cabinets. There was a photography exhibition....  more
    Well located and free, this is definitely worth a brief visit. There is an extensive collection of historical records, some of which are on display in the cabinets. There was a photography exhibition....  more »
  • Festive Renaissance style building which houses the archives of Spain's colonial past. Greed was possibly the most important driving force of the Spanish explorers. Goods collected -often stolen or.....  more
    Festive Renaissance style building which houses the archives of Spain's colonial past. Greed was possibly the most important driving force of the Spanish explorers. Goods collected -often stolen or.....  more »
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  • This place is worth a visit and is a good scape from the afternoon heat on Seville streets. Besides, it is completely free!! The only thing I was a bit disappointed with was that I expected to see the Tordesillas Treaty, which is one of the most important documents for the colonization of South America, but it was not in the exposition.
  • A lovely spacious archive focusing on Spanish colonialism in Latin America. The architecture is impressive, however the inside is quite bare and a lot more could be done to show off more of the rich history that the archives hold. I’d say if you’re in the area it’s worth popping in, but I wouldn’t travel out of your way to visit unless you have particular interest in the field.

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