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Seville Sightseeing

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An April 2007 trip to Seville by LenR

Cathedral Santa Maria de la Sede Photo, Seville, Spain More Photos
Quote: Many people rate Seville as the most interesting city in Spain. Personally I would go for Barcelona or Madrid but there is no doubt that Seville is more manageable and it certainly has many attractions. These are some of the best.

Interesting Buildings

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Grand buildings are everywhere Photo, Seville, Spain
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The cathedral and the Alcazar are clearly Seville’s most spectacular buildings but the city is graced with many other notable architectural masterpieces. Some are old, some are distinctive and all are worth a short piece of your time.Archives of the Indies.This is now housed in a dignified Renaissance building adjacent to the cathedral. You will not miss the building but may be uncertain as to its use. The archive includes drawings, documents, plans of South American towns and much more. The building dates from the 14th-century.City Hall.This stretches between Plaza Nueva and Plaza de San Francisco in the heart of the commercial district. The two facades are quite d...Read More

Plaza de España

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Attraction | "Plaza de Espana and Parque de Maria Luisa."

Plaza de España Photo, Seville, Spain
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In 1929 Seville hosted the Spanish-American Exhibition. A number of buildings were built for the exhibition in the Maria Luisa Park, among them the Plaza designed by Anibal Gonzalez. He mixed a style inspired by the Renaissance with typical elements from the city: exposed brick, ceramics and wrought iron.The Plaza de España is one of Seville’s's most easily recognised buildings but I must confess I had not heard of it until we arrived in Seville. We walked here from downtown Seville one afternoon. You pass the University of Seville which was once the tobacco factory where the mythical Carmen worked as a cigar roller, then into the Parque de Maria Luisa. On the Park's edge was built t...Read More

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Plaza de España
Glorieta de Anibal González, s/n
Sevilla, Spain 41013
+34 95 4239909

Barrio de Santa Cruz

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Narrow decorated street Photo, Seville, Spain
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For something completely different, I strongly recommend an exploration of this lovely neighbourhood. This was originally Seville’s old Jewish Quarter and was much favoured by the city’s nobles in the 17th century. Even today some of the white and ochre houses still rank amongst Seville’s most expensive properties.There are several points of interest here but for me the highlight is just walking the twisting cobble alleyways and sitting in the delightful squares. Ochre-framed windows hide behind solid rectangular grills while at night wrought-iron lanterns cast shadows on the whitewashed walls. You can sit outside a bar, enjoy some tapas and watch the world go by, or wander through centuri...Read More

Real Alcazar de Sevilla

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Real Alcazar de Sevilla Photo, Seville, Spain
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This palace/fortress was built over many centuries but it is often credited to Pedro I. In the 14th-century this Christian King built his own palace on the site of Seville’s former Moorish alcazar (fortress) and much of it remains today. It appears that Pedro was not a particularly likeable man as he had a dozen friends and relatives murdered in his efforts to remain king. Pedro’s palace was designed and built by Moorish workers bought in from Granada and this gives it a very Moorish appearance. It now serves as the official Seville residence of Spain’s king and queen when they are in town. Much of it is open to the public and it has become Seville’s most popular tourist site. Whatever els...Read More

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Real Alcazar de Sevilla
Patio de Banderas s/n.
Seville 41004
+34 954 50 23 24

Cathedral Santa Maria de la Sede

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Attraction | "Seville’s Cathedral "

Cathedral Santa Maria de la Sede Photo, Seville, Spain
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You can’t miss Seville’s cathedral when you are in the city. It is in the centre of the action and rivals St Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London for size. It is always difficult for me to date old buildings but it helps to know that this is the largest Gothic building in the world. It was, in fact, built in the 15th-century on the site of the great mosque begun by Yusuf II in 1171. Fortunately the minaret and the outer court of the mosque were retained and you still see these today.The exterior of the building is not as impressive as some other cathedrals but if you walk around the building the size will certainly impress. It is built in pure Gothic style with flying buttresses and ro...Read More

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Cathedral Santa Maria de la Sede
Plaza del Triunfo, Avenida de la Constitucion
Seville, Spain