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SEVILLE

 

THE CAPITAL OF ANDALUSIA

1. Plaza de España
This includes the Parque de María Luisa and Plaza de America, together with the Archaeological Museum and Museum of Arts and Popular Customs of 1929, which are both open to the public. The Parque de María Luisa, with its fascinating history and attractive gardens, extends over 340,000 m2 and lies just a short walk away from the Cathedral and Arab Castle (Alcázar), following the pedestrian area of San Fernando or the Gardens of Murillo if you go via the District of Santa Cruz.

It was the site of the Iberian-American Exhibition (1929), and to mark the occasion, two beautiful plazas were built in a regional style: the Plaza de España, made of brick and attractive ceramic panels, and the Plaza de América, where we can also find the Archaeological Museum, which features the Carambolo Treasure (a pre-Roman treasure horde), and the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs, with its fascinating ethnographic collections.

Plaza de España
Sevilla. Plaza de Espana
Sevilla Plaza de España
Sevilla. Real Alcazar. Estanque de Mercurio y Galeria del Grutesco.
Sevilla. Real Alcazar. Patio de las Doncellas.
Sevilla. Real Alcazar. Jardines

2. UNESCO World Heritage Monuments

  • The Royal Castle (Real Alcázar): this palace complex was built over different historical periods, starting in the 10th century. In a way, it is a microcosm of the history of Seville, the scene of royal weddings like that of King Carlos I of Spain and V of Germany or the marriage of our present King Felipe VI's sister.
  • Cathedral and Giralda Tower: This huge monument is both the biggest Gothic building and the largest Catholic Cathedral in the world. The views of the whole city centre from the Giralda Tower, which is open to the public, are breathtaking and there are also remains of the courtyard of ablutions of the ancient Mosque, now known as the Patio de los Naranjos.
  • Archivo de Indias: This is one of the most important historical archives in the country and the only one dedicated exclusively to the discovery and colonization of the Americas.
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3. Flamenco in Seville

Seville is the cradle of Flamenco, and every two years, the Flamenco Biennial is held on September evenings with many of the city's most attractive monuments as the venue. However, Flamenco can also be enjoyed in Seville throughout the year, with its tablaos (Flamenco bars), peñas (Flamenco clubs), Flamenco dance museum and a number of establishments where artists improvise a song or a dance on the spur of the moment.

Sevilla. Museo-del-Baile-Flamenco-Sevilla-Clase practica Flamenco.

4. Holy Week
During Holy Week, which has been declared a festival of international tourist interest, over 60 different brotherhoods organize solemn processions of penitence to the Cathedral, which cues a fiesta for locals and visitors alike in the city centre, both by day and by night.

During the rest of the year, these religious sculptures can be viewed in the brotherhood chapels, especially the Macarena and Cachorro, which have their own museums, and others such as Gran Poder and Esperanza de Triana, both of which have a devoted following.

Semana Santa Sevilla
Feria de Abril de Sevilla

5. April Fair
Two weeks after Easter comes the April Fair or Feria de Abril, when the city grinds to a halt to enjoy a week of singing, dancing and general merriment.

Each day, at noon and just after, there is a parade of horse riders and carriages, full of colour and style.

At night, with the enclosures illuminated with over 200,000 light bulbs, the party keeps on swinging until the wee hours of the morning. The Fair and Easter Week are also when national bullfighting festivals take place in Seville.

6. Museum of Fine Arts
This museum houses what is considered the second most important art collection in Spain, and the building, the former Convento de la Merced, is also a fine example of the Mannerist style. It features outstanding works from the Sevillian Baroque period with internationally renowned artists such as Murillo, Valdés Leal and Zurbarán, as well as dramatic canvases of the late Renaissance and the popular Sevillian style of the 20th century.

Sevilla. Museo de Bellas Artes. Claustro. Fine Arts Museum Cloister
Sevilla. Museo de Bellas Artes. Sala
Sevilla. Setas de Sevilla

7. Las Setas ('The Mushrooms')
This wooden structure, popularly known as 'The Mushrooms' is the largest wooden structure in the world, and stands in the heart of Seville, in the Plaza de la Encarnación. A pedestrian walkway goes over it, and is the best way to appreciate the structure with views from 28.5m above the ground. Below, at ground level, there is a market, a plaza covering 3000 m² and an archaeological museum (Antiquarium) in its original ground-floor location.

Sevilla. Setas de Sevilla. Plaza Encarnación.
Sevilla. Setas de Sevilla. Mirador
Calle Vida

8. District of Santa Cruz
Next to the Alcazar and the Cathedral, this district was the former Jewish Quarter of the city, with enchanting narrow streets and charming hidden squares like the Plaza de Doña Elvira or Plaza de la Alianza (Santa Cruz).

What better place to enjoy a few tapas or sit down to eat at a good restaurant?

Fuente C. Juderia.
Plaza Doña Elvira

9. District of Triana
Triana lies on the west bank of the river, and has many attractive sites to visit: churches such as the parish church of Santa Ana (C.13th), the Chapel of the Sailors, with its famous image of the Virgen Esperanza de Triana, or the Basilica del Cachorro, home to the magnificently realistic image of Christ.

The Triana pottery centre has a permanent exhibition displaying the traditional wares of this district, and right next to the bridge there are several attractions such as the statue of Belmonte, the Chapel of Carmen, the Food Market and the Castle of San Jorge, with its archaeological remains.

Cerámica Triana. AF6 Arquitectos. Jesús Granada
Puente Triana y vista de calle Betis
Cerámica triana interior. AF6 Arquitectos. Jesús Granada

10. The River Guadalquivir
The city owes its origin to the river and many interesting monuments line its banks. The Torre del Oro (C.13th), with its Naval Museum, is very close to the Hospital of Santa Caridad, with its baroque church, featuring paintings by Murillo and Valdés Leal and sculptures by Pedro Roldán.

The Maestranza Bullring with its museum, the Maestranza theatre, also lie close to the river banks, together with the Cristina gardens, the San Telmo Palace and the New York docks, with its restaurants, pergolas and delightful paths for walking or cycling.

Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza
Barrio de Triana, Sevilla