A repository of some of the Spanish Empire’s most important documents.
Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the General Archive of the Indies (known in Spanish as “Archivo General de Indias) documents the history of Spanish Empire and its reaches in the Americas and in Asia. As you approach the building, it is clear that the architecture is in Renaissance style, the façade made of repeating windows and a lovely faded yellow and brown. The purpose of the structure initially had been to house the merchant guild in Seville for they had been visiting the cathedral to do business.
With a large central patio and a balustrade at the top, the initial impression is delightful. Obelisks stand tall at the corners. Later on, in the late 18th century, the king decreed that the archives of the Council of Indies would be brought to the building. All the documentation regarding the Spanish Empire’s overseas reaches would be consolidated there. Today, you can wander its halls and you might even encounter a stray cannon! Discover the priceless historical archives (at least, those that are displayed) within, well-conserved and sure to be the dream of any aspiring historian. While in Seville, don’t pass it up if you’re keen to discover more history.