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Archivo General de Indias

Avenida de la Constitucion s/n, 41004 Seville, Spain (Casco Antiguo)
34 954 500 528
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Ranked #32 of 125 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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Winchester, England, United Kingdom
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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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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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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
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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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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
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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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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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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

Nice display of the expeditions made by the Spanish and Portuguese navigators (yes, Fernão de Magalhães or Magellan as he is remembered) over three centuries, which took them over the Pacific Ocean, was well worth the 2 hours it took to visit it at the Archivo General de Indias. I recomend it and it is a pitty it will end... More

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Bogota, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This was the highlight of my visit in Sevilla. Since nearly all of the vast archival material is inaccessible to the average visitor, one must rely on the quality of the current exhibit. I thought the Pacific exhibit was fascinating and well put together, although I could have done without the movie music playing in the background. The original maps,... More

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