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.
I go to Seville (Spain) every year. Many times, repeating the visit to the Seville Cathedral is a priority, because the construction is one of the world’s biggest marvels of engineering and architecture. On each occasion, it’s possible to get a unique perspective of all details, both inside and outside.
A post about the cathedral will come soon to this blog, with lots of photos and tips for your visit. Today, my focus is to highlight a surprise that visitors find right on the ground floor: the impressive tomb of Christopher Columbus.
The tomb of Christopher Columbus
An intriguing story
Researchers have always related Columbus’ remains to controversy.
Dead in 1506, he was buried in Valladolid, Spain. In 1537, the Spaniards transferred his remains to Hispaniola Island, now divided in two separate nations — Dominican Republic and Haiti. Almost two hundred years later, when Spain lost part of that territory to France, another transfer was necessary, this time to Cuba. Then, 1898, the ultimate destination was Seville.
Oh, Damas, that’s a complex story!
Yes, it is, and you may be close to scratch your head, because any search on the internet is enough to find different versions.
The Dominican Republic argues that the body never left the island. However, a DNA test corroborates that the remains in Seville belong to Columbus.
Oh-oh! The Dominican Republic reacted, showing other remains, but researchers could never test them, which makes us consider the truth rests in Seville.
Eternal rest of Christopher Columbus in the Seville Cathedral
Eager to see Christopher Columbus’ tomb?
Good. Here are some pictures I took in the cathedral:
That’s interesting, isn’t it?
Very! Damas, could you show a bit more of around the tomb?
Sure. The photos below bring two points of view: looking at the opposite way, in front of the tomb, and looking up (the ceiling).
Seville, one of my favorite destinations in Spain, is always a wonderful trip!