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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 .
Archivo General de Indias Reviews
Es un gran palacio. La entrada es gratuita. Tienen exposiciones temporales. En este momento se puede visitar la de la vuelta al mundo de Magallanes y Juan Sebastán Elcano. more »It's a great palace. Admission is free. They have temporary exhibitions. At this time you can visit the one of the round-the-world world of Magellan and John Sebastan Elcano.
Not the man—he seems like he was a real jerk. But the exhibit upstairs in the Archivo General de Indias is one of the most interesting and inviting exhibits that I have ever seen. So many brilliant to... more »
Fascinating, informative and loads of amazing archival material. The building itself is spectacular, an imposing one designed to impress. Don't miss the audio visual presentation. It tells the story of its chequered history over more than one hundred years.
Worth a quick visit if you have time. If you don’t, it’s not that important to see. Nice, small museum with a short 10 min movie. Also, the entrance is free.
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