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Visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville

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.

A plaque indicates the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
In Spanish, the tomb of “Cristóbal Colón” (we read “Cristobal” here, but “Cristóbal” is the correct spelling).

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 into 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, in 1898, the ultimate destination was Seville.

Oh, Damas, that’s a complex story!

Yes, it is, and you may be close to scratching your head. 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:

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?

Very! Damas, could you show a bit more what’s 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).

In front of the tomb.
In front of the tomb, looking at the opposite way.
The ceiling.
The impressive ceiling makes us look up all the time.

Seville, one of my favorite destinations in Spain, is always a wonderful trip!


GLAUCO DAMAS
» I live in the Algarve (South of Portugal). My first fiction book, for young adults, was published in 2001 in the Portuguese language — a time travel adventure with thousands of readers. I also wrote books and guides about travel and technology. Screenplays are my greatest passion.

» This is the English version of my blog G. DAMAS (Portuguese language, online since 2010). English is not my native language.

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2 replies on “Visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville”

thank you for sharing this! we’re in Sevilla right now and had a chance to see the Real Alcazar, since Game of Thrones was filmed there. but recently heard about how the cathedral has Christopher Colombus’ tomb so that sounds like something we’d wanna check out!

Hello!

I’m sure you’re having a wonderful stay in Seville. Seville is LIFE!

Real Alcázar Palace is splendid. So is the Cathedral, and I hope you visit Columbus’s tomb there. Have a wonderful week. Good luck.

Hey, leave a comment :-)