Seville Cathedral is known as the Cathedral of St. Mary the See, it is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral and the third Christian temple after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London. A former mosque, the Almohad Mosque, became the cathedral of the archdiocese of Seville following its conquest on November 23, 1248.
The mosque’s religious orientation had previously been toward the south, but the construction of the Main Chapel on the east side of the mosque reversed this. A variety of altarpieces and paintings decorated the walls, facades, and pillars over time. The mosque was badly damaged and on the verge of collapse by the end of the fourteenth century. The cathedral Cabildo decided to demolish the Almohade building to build a Christian cathedral. When built over the course of more than 500 years, the structure has a unique blend of styles that contribute to its unique beauty.