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The cathedral in Seville is the largest medieval Gothic building in the world and the view from the belltower, once a minaret, brings to life the differences between the Spain of Al-Andalus and the Spain of the Inquisition.
The courtyard, the Patio de los Naranjos was once where Muslims cleansed themselves before entering the Mosque when it was built in the 12th century. Central fountains feed an ingenious reticulation system. It is a celebration of symmetry, balance and harmony, light and order. The cathedral which now covers the site is decorated in gargoyles and inside is very dark and full of glorified images of misery and pain.
I was very glad indeed to get out in the the winter sun and see it from this distance and get this perspective- the place chilled my bones.
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