Archivo de Indias

Archivo General de Indias de Sevilla

Archivo General de Indias de Sevilla.

The building of the Archivo General de Indias in Seville is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Cathedral and the Royal Palace. It was built between 1584 and 1598 on project of Juan de Herrera to establish itself as Casa Lonja de Mercaderes, in order to move the merchants activities from the steps of the Cathedral, since in rainy days even the deals were closed inside the temple .

After a period in which it housed various uses, including a painting school founded by Bartolome Esteban Murillo in 1660, the building was finally designated to centralize all documentation relating to the administration of the Spanish colonies in America. In 1785 the Archivo de Indias was born.

The Archivo de Indias remains today some 43,000 files, with some 80 million pages and 8,000 maps and drawings, making this place a fundamental reference among Americanists and researchers.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 16:45. Holidays from 10:00 to 13:45. Daily guided visits at 12:00 and 13:00.

Free entry.