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Archivo General de Indias

Avenida de la Constitucion s/n, 41004 Seville, Spain (Casco Antiguo)
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Ranked #34 of 132 Attractions in Seville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, History Museums
Traveler Description: The Archivo General de Indias The Archivo General de Indias is located by the Cathedral and it is the place where all the records of the New World... more »
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Seville, Spain
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It is located in front of the Cathedral and very close to the Alcazar. The building is beautiful, but I expected to see original documents from the early times of America's colonization. Nothing of that is displayed. Tourists have access to a small part of the building, which is beauty, but there are very few things to view inside. Access... More

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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We had an unexpected opportunity to check this place out as everything else in Seville was closed (it was Monday). This turned out to be a cooler experience than I had anticipated since we were able to see real documentation signed by Christopher Columbus and a great short movie on the role of this building in the country's history. My... More

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Winchester, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

A beautiful building, very interesting presentation about the trade history of Seville but sadly most of the exhibits had been temporarily removed (not sure how long for). However, with free entry, this attraction is worth any length of visit.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I like archives and it was unexpected to visit one during vacation. An impressive building with a square floor plan and a large central patio. And ofcourse valuable documents of the history Spain and the overseas American colonies.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This often gets left behing but it's a stunning building on the inside and completely integral to Spanish History. Just go for a small break between the Catedral and El Alcazar

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Brisbane, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Definitely worth a visit. We learnt interesting facts about Spain's history & the new world. It's worth sitting for 15 minutes to watch the movie which explains it all. The building itself makes the visit worthwhile. It's very elegant

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Despite this being and impressive looking building from the outside and it's history, you need to watch the film about it's history to appreciate it. Otherwise it's just a big storage facility. The film is 15 min long, in Spanish with English subtitles.

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Madrid, Spain
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

This was easily the best history exhibition I have ever seen in my life. It blew my mind to read the original letters signed by Pizarro and Cortés addressing the king of Spain. Lots of unexpected treats like the drawing of a couple of mermaids claimed to be seen by Grijalva off the coast of Peru or a sketch of... More

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Sandvika, Norway
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

I would really like to visit the archives and I circled the house without finding any information on the opening hours or why it was closed on the 16th April (or maybe it was open earlier than around 4?). The website of this archive also give no information of the opening hours. A missed opportunity.

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Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The Archivo General de Indias has wonderful architecture that is quite impressive. It is also a good place to visit because there are very interesting exhibitions here. And it is always free to the visitor. Much of the history of the city can be found here.

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