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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 greatest wonders of engineering and architecture. Consequently, on each occasion, I can get a different perspective of all details inside and outside.

I will publish here a post about the cathedral, with lots of photos and some tips for your visit. But today I want to highlight a surprise that visitors find right in 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 controversies.

Dead in 1506, Columbus 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 body was 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 of it.

Even worse, there’s a little problem in the plot. The Dominican Republic argues that the body has never left the island. However, a DNA test allegedly claims that the remains in Seville actually belong to Columbus.

Oh-oh! The Dominican Republic reacted, showing other remains. But these have never been tested, which makes us to believe that 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 at 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 little more:

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

Seville is always a wonderful choice in tourism…


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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