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Av. de la Constitución, s/n, Sevilla, 41004 | +34 954 50 05 28, Spain
Archivo de las Indias in Seville
Courtesy of Turismo de Sevilla

Housed in the two-tiered former Merchant’s Exchange Building dating back to 1598, the Archivo General de las Indias are the Spanish Empire’s extensive records detailing its turbulent history in the Americas and the Philippines. Ancient artifacts, art exhibitions, and 5.5 miles of archives including letters sent by Christopher Columbus to the King and Queen during his travels are all accessible. The stately Renaissance-style edifice has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987, and boasts a magnificent multi-hued marble staircase, a spacious inner patio, and is free of charge, but often overlooked (read: rarely overcrowded) in favor of its more famous neighbors the Alcazar and the Cathedral.

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