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General Archive of the Indies (Archivo General de Indias) Tours

General Archive of the Indies (Archivo General de Indias)
There was a time after Spain’s first journeys to the Americas that Seville
served as one of the most important commercial cities and ports in Europe. For that reason, in 1572, this Renaissance-style building — now called the General Archive of the Indies — was erected, with the goal of serving as a merchant’s exchange.

Come 1785, when Seville’s role as a trade hub fizzled out, the grand building was finally converted into a space meant to unify all the country’s documentation related to its overseas empires in the Americas. These days, this includes 9 kilometers of shelving with over 43,000 volumes and 80 million pages, and is composed of documents such as exchanges between Christopher Columbus and the Spanish King and Queen, as well as other writings by explorers. Though the extent of what visitors can actually view is quite limited, entrance to the building is free, and therefore worth a quick wander, especially since it’s located right next to the main cathedral.

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The General Archive of the Indies is situated in a stunning building just opposite the main cathedral and is therefore easy to visit while touring Seville. Much of its exhibits are in Spanish, so you may wish to make this stop on a guided tour in order to better understand the space.
Address: Avenida de la Constitución, 3 (Edificio de la Lonja), Seville, Andalucia 41071, Spain
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays and holidays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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What are General Archive of the Indies (Archivo General de Indias) hours of operation?
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General Archive of the Indies (Archivo General de Indias) hours of operation: Monday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays and holidays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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