Ferdinand and Isabella, labeled the Catholic Monarchs on most plaques, had a special Royal Chapel built in the city they loved for their burial place. Granada’s significance for the royals was that it was the last bastion of Moorish and Islamic power in Iberia, and it fell before their armies’ might. Having united Spain and allied it with most of the other European nations, they were able to claim Granada as their own and launch Columbus to America from Seville in 1492. They loved the city of Granada above all.
We have now seen the tomb of Christopher Columbus in the grand Seville Cathedral and the tombs of his benefactors in a royal chapel beside the Granada Cathedral. History came alive today for me as I was caught up in the grand sweep of time. WEG