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Visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville

This is the English version of my blog GDAMAS (Portuguese language, online since 2010). I'm still working on it. English is not my native language. Please, feel free to correct me.


I go to Seville (Spain) every year. Many times, I repeat the visit to the Seville Cathedral, because it’s one of the world’s biggest marvels of engineering and architecture. On each occasion, I can get a different perspective of all details inside and outside.

I will publish a post about the cathedral here, with lots of photos and tips for your visit. Today, I want to highlight a surprise that visitors find right on the ground floor: the tomb of Christopher Columbus.

A plaque indicates the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
In Spanish, the tomb of “Cristóbal Colón.”

The tomb of Christopher Columbus

An intriguing story

Columbus’ remains have always been linked to controversy.

Dead in 1506, he was buried in Valladolid, Spain. In 1537, the Spaniards transferred his remains to Hispaniola Island, now divided into two separate nations: Dominican Republic and Haiti. Almost two hundred years later, when Spain lost part of that territory to France, the remains were sent to Cuba. Then, 1898, the final destination was Seville.

Yes, it’s a complex story. And not the only one: I found different versions.

The Dominican Republic argues that the body never left the island. However, a DNA test claims that the remains in Seville do belong to Columbus.

Oh-oh! The Dominican Republic reacted, showing other remains. But these have never been tested, which makes us believe the truth rests in Seville.

Eternal rest of Christopher Columbus in the Seville Cathedral

Looking forward to seeing the tomb of Christopher Columbus?

Good. Here are some pictures I took in the cathedral:

The tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville Cathedral.
The tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville Cathedral.
The tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville Cathedral.

Science, through DNA, tries to unravel the past

The tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville Cathedral.
The tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville Cathedral.
The tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville Cathedral.
The tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville Cathedral.
The tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville Cathedral.

That’s interesting, isn’t it?

Just for curiosity, let’s see a bit more:

In front of the tomb.
Looking at the opposite way in the cathedral.
The ceiling.
Looking at the ceiling.

Seville is always a wonderful trip!


G. DAMAS
I live in the Algarve (South of Portugal). My first fiction book, for young adults, was published in 2001 in Portuguese language — a time travel adventure that won thousands of readers. I also wrote some travel and tech books and manuals.
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