The Archive of the Indies
Antigua Lonja de Mercaderes, collects all the documents that emerged from commercial exchanges between Seville and America for centuries.
The Archivo de Indias is the most important symbol that we find in Seville of the importance that America had and its discovery for Spain and for Seville that was chosen by the kings as the official port for the entry and registration of merchandise coming from the new continent.
First built to be used as Merchants’ Market, it was reconverted by Carlos III into a file to centralize in it the documentation related to the possessions of Spain overseas between the XV and XIX centuries that until then was dispersed in diverse archives distributed throughout the Spanish territory.
Place of worship of historians and researchers
At the moment it is a place of obligatory visit for all those historians or students of the history of Spain and America because in it they are conserved. The fund is made up of about 43,000 files (set of documents), 80 million pages and 8,000 maps. If you want to write about the history of Seville in the eighteenth century, you will not find a place with better documentation than this. It has unique documents with the signature of great historical figures such as Cristóbal Colón, Hernán Cortes or Francisco Pizarro.
Visit it with us! We have these related experiences
To know the Archivo de Indias and its surroundings you can book one of our Guided Tour in Seville in which our guides will explain all the details. Or if you want to visit on your own you can rent one of our bikes.
Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Sunday and holidays, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
How to get
Tram: Stop Archivo de Indias, line T1
Metro: Puerta de Jerez stop, line L1
5 minutes walk from the center
Cycling: Rent a Bike