Archivo de Indias

Architecture & Buildings

Europe, Spain, Sevilla

The Archivo General de Indias ("General Archive of the Indies"), housed in Seville, Spain, in the ancient merchants' exchange, the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes, is the document repository of extremely valuable archival documents illustrating the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines. The General Archive of the Indies is housed in a structure designed by Juan de Herrera, an unusually serene and Italianate Spanish example of Renaissance architecture. The building and its contents were registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.