There are many things to do in Seville, and one of then is to dicover the history and the culture of Spain and its former colonies, while making a visit to the Indian Archive of Seville.

Nowadays, the Archive is located in the beautiful building that used to house the market. Along with the Reales Alcazares and the Cathedral, the Archive is part of the architectonic complex of the Plaza del Triunfo in Sevilla (located right on the Constitucion Avenue). It is opened to public on Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm, and on Sundays and Holidays from 10 am to 2 pm.

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Facade of the Archivo General de Indias. Photo by Juan @flickr.

The Archivo General de Indias of Seville is an institution created at the late 18th century by the King Carlos III, who decided  to preserve in one single place all the documents related to the territories that until that moment where known by the generic name of “Indian”, including a big portion of the American continent and the Phillipines.

After concentrating in a single building all the documents of the Indian Council, the Secrataries  of State, the Consulates of Seville and Cadiz, and the General Captaincy of Cuba, and other private documents, the Indian Archive now has more than 80 million pages of original documents, including also maps, plans, mails and thousands of written testimonies that tell the history of the New Spain (America) and the colonies in Asia.

Beside allowing to consult its documents, the Indian Archive of Seville oftenly programs temporary free exhibition about different subjects of the history of the former Spanish colonies.For more detailed info, you can consult its  website.

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