Seville is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Seville is a fascinating city that pleases all visitors for its culture, its historical heritage, its gastronomy and the infinity of charming corners that this city offers to tourists and residents.
To begin with, we must learn a little about the history of this fascinating city. The Tartessians laid the first stone of the city more than 3000 years ago. Different cultures have left their mark on each of its corners and buildings. It was one of the most important and prosperous cities of the Roman Empire. Named as Hispalis, it was an important city thanks to the olive oil trade with the rest of the cities of the Roman Empire. In the year 426 the Visigoths took the city turning it into a city of the caliphate, until in the year 589 and after the Third Council of Toledo the city converted to Catholicism. It was the starting point for expeditions that allowed the discovery of America.
In the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Reales Alcázares, the Torre del Oro or the Barrio de Santa Cruz we find the best that each culture has left behind in the capital of Andalusia.
Once installed in the city we can dedicate ourselves to visiting the most important corners of Seville:
The most important and imposing building in the city is the Cathedral of Seville, cataloged as the largest Gothic-style cathedral in the world. It is the largest religious temple in all of Spain and the third largest in the Christian world. Its construction needed almost 100 years to finish it. It was built on the remains of the old Arab Mosque and it is for this reason that we find the typical minaret (the Giralda) and the Patio de los Naranjos. Outside we will observe a mixture of Almohad, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. And once inside, Gothic altarpieces, Flemish-style stained glass windows, a carving of the patron saint of Seville (the Virgin of the Kings) and some of the paintings by such important painters as Goya, Zurbalan or Murillo.
The Giralda is another of the symbols of the city. It is about 100 meters high and was built during the Almohad period. At the top you can see that the bell tower is a later addition from the Christian era. Above the bell tower a small bronze statue crowns the whole, it is the famous Giraldillo. To observe the majesty of all this work, there is nothing better than going up to the terrace of the EME hotel.
On the banks of the Guadalquivir river is the Torre del Oro, another of the essential monuments if we visit Seville. Built by the Almohads as a defensive fortress, it owes its name to the golden reflection that the Guadalquivir river projects on its stone, although other theories say that it is the place where the gold was kept. Currently we can visit the Maritime Museum inside.
The Reales Alcázares is another of the emblematic buildings of Seville, it is one of the most visited monuments in Spain. This set of palaces and gardens was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. Initially it was built as a defensive building against possible Norman invasions, later it underwent several renovations in the times of Carlos V and Alfonso X el Sabio.
It is an ideal space to walk and transport us to the Arab era with absolutely fascinating interiors. Game of Thrones lovers may recognize some of the scenes from the series. The city of Dorne was set here.
The Plaza de España is another of the essential monuments in Seville. Built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, this large square with a semi-elliptical shape symbolizes the union between Spain and its respective provinces. We can see on its walls 48 different tiles that symbolize each of the provinces of Spain. It is an ideal place to relax, you can even take a boat ride. The square is located inside the most important green lung of Seville, the Maria Luisa park. Here we will find all kinds of people, from visitors who only walk and contemplate the buildings to Sevillians doing sports. Inside the park we also find two Mudejar-style buildings; the Archaeological Museum of Seville and the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs.
The city of Seville is divided in two by the Guadalquivir river and it is on its shore where we can find the most traditional Seville. The Torre del Oro, the Maestranza theater or the Real Maestranza bullring are some of the monuments that we can see on the right bank of the river. Later the Triana bridge will draw our attention, it is the oldest preserved iron bridge in Spain. It was built during the reign of Isabel II and has been connecting the right bank of the Guadalquivir River with the left bank for almost two centuries and giving way to the famous neighborhood of Triana. A neighborhood that in its beginnings was a fishing area where the tradition and movement of its people through streets full of bars and restaurants stand out.
Triana is the area where we will find the most authentic Seville. We cannot stop visiting the Triana Market to taste the most authentic flavors of Seville or walk through its most iconic streets such as San Jacinto street, Alfarería street or Castilla street. But if we want to make a short stop to recharge our batteries, Betis street is full of bars and on the banks of the Guadalquivir river we will find quiet terraces with splendid views.
Another of the typical neighborhoods of the city is the Barrio de Santa Cruz. This small neighborhood has a network of narrow and winding streets that visitors from all over the world like very much. White houses decorated with flowers and beautiful interior patios are the traditional symbol of southern Spain. Many tourists visit the Santa Cruz neighborhood and sometimes there is a crowd, but we can't help but get lost in the fabulous Callejón del Agua or the Plaza de las Cruces.
Our tour of monumental Seville cannot forget the city center and its Casco Viejo. Here we will find the Plaza Nueva where we will come across the imposing building that houses the Seville City Hall. A building that draws attention for its double façade: neoclassical in front and plateresque in back. At the back of the town hall we will find the Plaza de San Francisco, a fairly lively place with historic buildings such as the Antigua Audiencia, in the Renaissance style, the Laredo building in the regionalist style or the classic building of the Bank of Spain.
Seville is a city that has all the attractions to be visited and learn about its history. It is a destination that never ceases to amaze us even if we believe that we have already seen all its splendor. It is an ideal city for getaways of two, three or more days. Because in addition to what we have recommended in this blog, each visitor will be able to start their own route and not miss out on visiting other points of interest in the city such as the Murillo Gardens, the Lonja del Barranco Market, the Alameda de Hércules, the Parliament of Andalusia, the Basilica and the Walls of Macarena, the Dueñas Palace, the Hospital de los Venerable or the Church of the Annunciation among many other visits.
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