While in Sevilla, i had the opportunity to tour the stunning cathedral with nursemyra. This breathtaking structure (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede), third largest in Europe, behind St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London, is a gothic architectural masterpiece.
One of the main reasons i travel is to broaden my perspective on the human condition. And one area where perspective is helpful for me is “old”. As in “what is old?” In the United States, “old” is relatively new in the grand scheme of things. A house over 200 years old can be named an “historic” site, whereas the same house in Europe would simply be considered a “fixer upper”.
My trip to Cambodia last year, which included a visit to Angkor Wat, helped me internalize the concept of “old” in terms of human civilization. The visit to the Cathedral in Sevilla also helped, as the structure was begun in the 12th century, first as a mosque, and later evolving into a cathedral during the 15th-16th centuries.
Based on a brief conversation with the lovely nursemyra during our visit, i came to realize that Australia shares the architectural newness with the United States. As we gazed in awe at incredibly detailed, ancient carvings inside the cathedral:
nursemyra: That’s fucking old…
daisyfae: Yeah… really fucking old…
It was shortly thereafter that we decided we should write our own tour book.
Coming soon to a bookseller near you: “nursemyra and daisyfae’s guide to really old shit”.