Archivo General de Indias, Seville

#5 of 38 in Museums in Seville
World heritage site · History Museum · Hidden Gem · Library
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.
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  • This is an easy one to see because it is opposite the main entrance to the Real Alcazar. You can even see it from the line while you wait to go into the Alcazar. It’s the grand red brick and stone...  more »
  • In the 16th and 17th centuries all trade between Europe and the Spanish overseas Empire was managed and governed from this building. In 1785 the building ceased its functions and was converted into...  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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