General Archive Of The Indies

From: Seville Travel Guide

See also: Seville CathedralReal AlcazarMuseum Of Fine Arts Torre de Oro

General Archive Of The Indies
The Archivo General de Indias is an archive library that was set up by Royal decree of Charles III in 1785 to house the historic documents of the Royal and Supreme Council of the Indies.

The building was designed by Spanish architect Juan de Herrera in 1583, whose other works include the impressive Valladolid Cathedral, in Valladolid, Spain and the building was in 1987 UNESCO declared along with its contents a World Heritage Site.

It is within the General Archives that you will find documents from Conquistadores including soldiers, explorers and adventurers who were in the service of the Spanish and Portuguese Empire, with items such as the journal of Christopher Columbus included in the many volumes of material housed here.

The building also regularly houses temporary exhibitions and there are often tours regarding the exhibitions available as well.

The General Archives of the Indies are located within the historic city centre, opposite the historic landmark of Seville Cathedral.

Travel Guide
The General Archives of the Indies can be reached by taxi, bus and tram which stop nearby (T1, C4, C5, 03, 40, 41, EA).

General Archive of the Indies, Avenida de la Constitucion, 41004, Sevilla, Spain.

Attractions Also In The Area
Located opposite the General Archives of the Indies is Seville Cathedral and the Real Alcazar. And within roughly a mile are the Flamenco Dance Museum, Torre de Oro and Museum of Fine Arts.