Promoted by Carlos III in 1785, its function was to unify the administration of the Spanish colonies in a single space since until then had archives in Simancas, Cádiz and Seville.
However, the construction of the building dates back to the reign of Felipe II, beginning in the year 1584. During this period it was well known as the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes of Seville the and was built since traders started their business around the Cathedral. In the days of rain, the market took place in the cathedral which led to the Council to build the columns with strings which still remain today.
Refurbished in 2008, the archive has more than 9 kilometers of shelves where they safe 43,000 files with 80 million pages and some 8,000 maps related to economic, social, political, religious, artistic history… of Spanish authorities in America and the Philippines.
For visitors who love history it is, without doubt, a unique space where to enjoy a heritage of incalculable value.
How to see the General Archive of the Indies?
Timetable for General Archive of the Indies:
- Winter (16/09 – 15/06): Mon-Fri 8:00 to 15:00
- Summer (16/06 – 15/09): Mon-Fri 8:00 to 14:30 pm
Prices to view the General Archive of the Indies:
- Free entrance.
Hotel near the Archivo General de Indias
Get your hotel or apartment close to the Archivo General de Indias, in the historic centre of the city and enjoy an unforgettable stay.