Historic Attractions in Seville

by Herry Lawford

After Madrid and Barcelona, Seville is likely the third most visited city in Spain. Located in the picturesque Andalusia, Seville displays an amazing architecture, with beautiful churches and a well-preserved historic center. Seville is not only popular with international tourists, but with Spaniards as well. Thousands of people take a pilgrimage to Seville each spring to join the religious celebrations during the Semana Santa (the Holy Week), when Catholics commemorate the passion of Christ.
Throughout its history Seville has experienced radical twists of fate: it is though that the founder of the city is Hercules himself, the Greek hero, but during the middle ages Seville was conquered by the Moors. The Moorish architecture still defines the aspect of present day Seville, however the most glorious period in the city’s history occurred after the discovery of the New World – in those times, tradesmen from Seville had exclusive rights on American import goods. Seville is a diverse city with a thriving cultural life and many interesting activities to experience, but under no circumstances should you miss these historic attractions in Seville:

Alcazar of Seville

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The Alcazar palace is probably one of the most withstanding samples of Moorish architecture. The palace is over one millennium old and has suffered numerous additions. This marvelous construction was designed as to accommodate a king and his court: each room is decorated with either gold, arabesques or delicate stone work. The fortified walls hide wonderful interior gardens, wells and pools.

Cathedral of Seville

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You might be surprised to find out that this grandiose Gothic cathedral is actually a converted mosque. The enormous arches and columns that sustain it are the work of the brilliant stone masons of those times, and the opulence of its golden in interiors was meant to show Castilian supremacy. However, a small part of the old mosque still remains – the minaret known as La Giralda.

Torre del Oro

Just like the Tower of London this construction is a former prison and military watchtower, now turned into a city symbol. The tower is not so tall however its position on the banks of the river Guadalquivir makes it look quite imposing. Another unique characteristic of the tower is its dodecagonal shape (a dodecagon is a geometric figure with 12 sides), which makes it look almost round.

Santa Cruz neighborhood

Like many medieval cities, Seville used to have a thriving Jewish community. The neighborhood of Santa Cruz (or, how the locals call it, Barrio de Santa Cruz), represents today the oldest, most picturesque area of Seville (also the most touristy). You’ll find a lot of medieval houses, small shops and restaurants, narrow streets and the large squares that are typical for Spain.

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