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Visitor's Guide: Seville

Archivo General de Indias

Memoirs From the 'Discovery' of America
  • Neighborhood: Arenal
  • Category: General History
  • Hours: Sep to Jun - Mo to Fr from 08:00 AM to 03:00 PM,Jul to Aug - Mo to Fr from 08:00 AM to 02:30 PM


The Renaissance style, quadrangular floor is perhaps the most important characteristic of the Archivo General de Indias (General Archives of the Indies). In 1785 King Carlos III decided to transform the city's fish market into an archive for documents and testimonies from the New World, which up until then had been scattered throughout various territories. In this building, a meeting place for researchers, nearly 40,000 documents that deal with the first expeditions to the New World, from the moment of the "discovery" to the 19th Century, are carefully filed, making the archive a cornerstone for research of this historical period. A visit here is a trip through the development of trade between Seville and the New World, especially with the 'Old and New World Commerce' exhibit.

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