Archivo General de Indias
Archivo General de Indias
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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An archive containing some of the most important historical records of Spanish colonialism in the Americas.
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  • GovindinCali
    California71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic building with limited number of actually displayed documents
    Free to enter. Beautiful old building housing invaluable documents from Spain's maritime history. The documents displayed are a very small selection of those contained in the repository and is changed over time. The second floor is beautiful with old paintings of Spanish conquistadors and officers. Need no more than an hour to cover this point of interest
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • permia
    62,060 contributions
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    Fitting home for millions of pages
    Over about the four centuries that Spain voyaged and built its empire and amassed enormous wealth at the expense of the countries occupied and their first inhabitants, much paperwork was generated. Somewhere in the region of 80 million pages were produced, documenting and recording every aspect and detail of these exploits. Needless to say a fitting repository was required to store all these. And here it is. Completed in 1646, it is certainly suffused with grandeur.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 3, 2024
  • HolidaymakerfromHove
    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom2,312 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Archivo, Seville……..
    We visited on our way to the cathedral hoping to see letters signed by Christopher Columbus. Sadly these are not currently on display. That said the building is magnificent and we were glad we visited. Free to enter. Visit when visiting the cathedral as very close. Recommended when in the area.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 23, 2024
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Marco_Polo499
Milan, Italy272 contributions
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Feb 2020
In the 16th and 17th centuries all trade between Europe and the Spanish overseas Empire was managed and governed from this building. In 1785 the building ceased its functions and was converted into an archive of all existing documentation relating to the discovery, conquest and government of the overseas territories: hence the name “Archive of the Indies”. The documentation is still preserved here and includes the originals of several treaties that have changed the history of the world as well as the originals of the reports sent by the discoverers of the New World to the kings of Spain. For all these reasons, the building has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The building is grandiose and prestigious, as appropriate for a place where large amounts of money were exchanged and great deals were made, but it is not as exciting as it is stated in the advertisements aimed at visitors to Seville: it is just a huge office building of the late 16th century, in Renaissance style. Inside there is very little to see, and visitors are only allowed to limited portions of the building, namely the courtyard (beautiful but not so special), the monumental staircase leading to the first floor (really impressive), and possibly a room of the ancient archive (an immense empty space with hundreds of empty folders lined up along a wall): the whole visit can be completed in 15 minutes. Unfortunately there is no information posted inside the building, no flyers are distributed to visitors, and there is not even a shop where you can buy a brochure; in this way, the visitor is kept absolutely unaware of the history of the building, of its role in shaping the fate of the Americas and of the wealth of documents preserved in its archives. Miserable.

The building still houses the historical archive of the Indies which contains 8 million pages of documents, all of them obviously inaccessible to ordinary visitors. It is also used as a venue for cultural exhibitions: some are very interesting (for example the recent one concerning the Magellan's journey around the world of 1512); others are much less.

All in all, the building is scarcely interesting, and the complete absence of educational information makes the visit perfectly useless. My advice is to visit only if an exhibition is in progress, otherwise forget it.

Practical info. The Archive is located just in face of the Cathedral. It is open from 9:30 to 17:00; is closed on Monday and Sunday afternoon. Entrance to the building and exhibitions is free. In the morning there can be long waiting lines due to the presence of school groups. The poor infrastructures include: an elevator (which can only be used by disadvantaged people and only with the assistance of staff), a bathroom, a few seats at the entrance. The staff is nice, but has only security functions.
Written May 8, 2020
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Diptraveller
Geneva, Switzerland52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
My husband and I visited General Archives of the Indes in December 2021. We thought the exhibition about the sinking of the galleon Juncal fascinating. The curator used the ship as link to tell the history of the Spanish Exploration of the New World, of which Seville was the center. We spent a couple of delightful hours there.

In addition to the Exhibition, the Archive also had a few historical documents on display: the original Treaty of Tordesillas (which devided the world between Portugal and Spain) and the report of the Magellan expedition - the first circumnavigation journey around the world.

We loved everything about Seville, but the Archives were the highlight of our trip!
Written January 8, 2022
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jckc
Roanoke23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
My husband and I visited the Magellan exhibit at the archives. It was a fascinating exhibit, artistically presented and very informative. Everything is in Spanish and English. The English titles are in blue and in the darkened rooms might be challenging for some to see, but they are there. We did wait in line to enter. I think it was due to many (beautifully behaved) school groups in an early morning tour. Everything was smooth sailing (!) once we entered.
Written February 1, 2020
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom55,911 contributions
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Mar 2019
The building is more interesting than the documents inside relating to the history of the Spanish empire. They are in Spanish. However it is a free museum so worth a quick browse.

The building was completed in the 16th century, it is a wonderful example of Spanish Renaissance architecture.
Written January 26, 2020
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ahungrykiwi
Wellington, New Zealand8 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
Queued outside for half an hour until nearly at the door. Just before 1pm a security guard smugly denied us entry despite it not closing until 2pm, which means actual closing time is over an hour earlier, which is not posted anywhere visible. Bitterly disappointed and guard’s attitude made me angry.
Written February 9, 2020
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Ronald L
Denver, CO2,901 contributions
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Feb 2022
Visited Archivo General de Indias, which is basically a building full of archived records, with many dating back to the age of exploration. Entrance is free. On the second floor you can see displays from the age of exploration with information on the ships and explorers. Unfortunately, everything is in Spanish.
Written March 7, 2022
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James G
Somerset, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
(Note: This is a review of the exhibition, NOT the museum as a whole.)

"In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue..." Which was pretty much the sum total of what I knew about a voyage that was, in fact, epic.

This is a world class exhibition, and a *must see* if you are in Seville.

Magellan's story is told on several levels - politically, geographically, and personally - via stunning multimedia, exhibits and documentation.

There is English signage, too.

Three years, five ships, over two hundred men. Only one ship returned. With 18 crew. Magellan didn't make it.

It's a story that needs telling, and this exhibition does so brilliantly well.

Highly recommended.

(There was a short queue when I went, mainly due to get through security: I'm told it can get v busy, but the galleries are spacious.)
Written February 12, 2020
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GovindinCali
California71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Free to enter. Beautiful old building housing invaluable documents from Spain's maritime history. The documents displayed are a very small selection of those contained in the repository and is changed over time. The second floor is beautiful with old paintings of Spanish conquistadors and officers. Need no more than an hour to cover this point of interest
Written July 18, 2023
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542mabo
Algeciras, Spain79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
This impressive building holds archives and documentation regarding empire building and navegation records. It's really impressive, not only the material on show but also the building's scale. Really worth a visit and is centrally located.
Written May 31, 2021
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Nayantara71
Colchester, UK115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Well located and free, this is definitely worth a brief visit. There is an extensive collection of historical records, some of which are on display in the cabinets. There was a photography exhibition at the time. The building itself has much to offer, with a beautiful courtyard, exquisite ceilings, and old, carved furniture.
Written September 11, 2022
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