Photo | Flying Buttresses

Seville, Spain

Sevilla 2007 (64)From the yard of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Sea, the flying buttresses of the structure are framed beautifully by the trees  that surround the church.

“The cathedral was built to demonstrate Seville’s wealth, as it had become a major trading center in the years after the Reconquista in 1248. In July 1401 it was decided to build a new temple, as the ancient Muslim mosque was in bad shape after a 1356 earthquake. According to the oral tradition of Seville, the decision of members of the chapter was: “Let a church so beautiful and so great that those who see it built will think we were mad”. According to the minutes of that day, the new church should be: “a work such as good, which like no other.” Construction began in 1402; it continued until 1506. Church workers gave half their salaries to pay for architects, builders and other expenses.




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RBZSeville June 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I really like the picture. It is now possible to visit the cathedral on the heights and see the flying buttresses at close range. It is a very impressive visit, especially if you suffer from vertigo. I hope you understand I used the help of “Google Translator”.


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