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Attractions & Sightseeing

Real Alcázar of Seville

The Alcazar is a Royal Palace in the city of Sevilla. Built for the Christian king, Peter of Castile, on the site of a former Muslim Residential Fortress. In 1987, the Alcazar was registered in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located nearby the General Archive of the Indies and the Cathedral of Sevilla, the neighborhood of the castle some of the most beautiful in Andalusia. Some parts of the fifth season of Game of throne were filmed in the Alcazar.

Seville Cathedral

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See is the main Cathedral of Seville. Consecrated in 1507, it is the third largest church in the world and the largest gothic church. As well as its neighbor, the Alcazar Castle, it was registered in the UNESCO World Heritage SIte in 1987. The neighborhood near the cathedral, spanning from El Arenal to the barrio of Santa Cruz, is one of the most beautiful in Andalusia.
Seville Cathedral took over a century to complete after construction first began in 1401. The Church Elders had aimed to build the most beautiful and magnificent cathedral possible and few would argue that they achieved their aim. None were still alive of course to see its completion. The site was that of a former 12th Century mosque that had been built by the Moors. Remnants of that still stand today; Patio de las Naranjas, Puerta del Perdon and the Giralda. The total area is in excess of 11,500 square meters which matches St. Peter’s in Rome and the Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida in Brazil. At 42 meters high, the Cathedral of Seviile dominates the immediate skyline. The Cathedral resists the temptation to be too elaborate and, in some ways, its simplicity adds to its impressiveness. Only in the "Retablo Mayor" you will find decorations that could even approach the level of being excessive.

Giralda

The Tower of Giralda is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Seville. Initially the minaret of the former mosque of Seville, it has been turned into a bell tower in 1248 when the mosque of Seville was turned into a cathedral. As well as the Cathedral, this bell tower is inspired from the Moorish and the gothic style. It has inspired a lot of architects in the world, especially for the construction of the Ferry Building in San Francisco or the Freedom Tower in Miami.
The Giralda has been the tallest building in Seville for more than 800 years. It stands at 103 meters and was originally the minaret of the Aljama Mosque on what is now Seville Cathedral. The Giralda, built in 1195, became its Bell Tower and not surprisingly such as important structure has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Giralda translates into ‘’she who turns’’ and the name identifies the fact that there is a weather vane right at the top of the Tower. The Giralda is a fine example of Almohad architecture and subsequent towers were built in such important North African cities as Rabat and Marrakesh. Its prominence meant that not only was it used for the ‘’call to prayer’’ but also as an observatory. It is claimed that the Moors thought seriously about destroying it as they knew the City was about to be taken by the Christians; happily, they did not act on those thoughts.

Plaza España

The Plaza de España is a square in Seville. It has been built for the Ibero-American exposition held in 1929. This Plaza is a landmark of Seville with some great inspiration from Moorish and Renaissance style. Located at the margin of Maria Luisa Park, the Plaza de España showcased the industry and technology of Spain during the exposition. It has been used for two films: Star Wars and Lawrence of Arabia.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the touristic district of Seville. Merging the three wonders of Seville, this area is the must visit area of the city. Beside the cathedral, the Alcazar and the General Archive of the Indies, Santa Cruz is a Jewish neighborhood with narrow street and orange tree giving it a real charisma. Like every touristic district, Santa Cruz is full of handcrafted souvenirs shops.

Bullring

The Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Seville is the famous bullring of the city. With an internal capacity of 12,000 people, this bullring is one of the largest in Andalucia and Spain. Built in 1749, the circular bullring replaced the former Bullring of Seville. Now it is also the house of a guild of traditional cavalry training.

Guadalquivir

The Guadalquivir, stretching over 657 km, is the fifth longest river in the Iberian Peninsula, and it is also the only navigable river in Spain. Situated in Andalusia, the open part goes from Cadiz to Sevilla. This navigable part also includes the Doñana National Park. The Guadalquivir is also hosting a species of fish unique in the world. The particularity of this fish is that he doesn't have the right number of chromosomes.