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Seville is the third largest city in Spain  and the capital of Andaluca. Its Old Town contains three UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as a number of structures from the times when Seville flourished during the Moorish era, the Golden Age of Discovery, and the post-Civil war period. (thomas weyrauch, wikimedia commons)

 

The main sights are easily reached on foot from the main street, Avenida de la Constitucion, and Plaza Nueva.
 

The Torre del Oro was a military watchtower built by the Almohad Dynasty in the 13th Century to control access on the Gualdalqivir River. It served as a prison during the Middle Ages.
 

Paralleling the river is Paseo de Cristobal Colon where the bullfighting ring is located. One of the most pleasant activities is to join local Sevillanos in their evening strolls through the streets and along the river.
 

On the west bank lies the district of Triana, a unique community originally inhabited by sailors, potters and tile makers, artisans and construction workers. It has its own festivals and flamenco competitions.

Seville's Cathedral of St. Mary with its Giralda bell tower dominates the city. Completed in the early 16th Century, it is the third largest church in the world.  The cathedral has 15 ornate doors and 80 chapels.

As seen here at Plaza Alianza, an assortment of squares and fountains, and re-purposed historic mansions, ducal palaces, churches, chapels and hospitals can be seen along the many streets of the Centro, Alameda and Macarena districts.

 

The real centre of Seville is the densely packed pedestrianized zone of narrow streets and public squares north of the Cathedral.

Seville's medieval Jewish quarter, Barrio de Santa Cruz,  is a tangle of quaint winding streets and flower-bedecked patios.
 

The Royal Alczar has been the residence of many generations of caliphs and kings. At its heart is the Patio of the Maidens surrounded by beautiful arches, plaster-work and tiling.

 

The Alcazar is resplendent with mudjar tile, plasterwork and architecture, the Islamic influence  on Gothic and Renaissance art.

 

The Alcazar has a vast garden and orchard.  In the 16th Century the Muslim wall was converted into the Italianate- style Grotto Gallery.

The Murillo Gardens were developed the 20th Century to reflect classic gardens with a Moorish revival influence. In the gardens is a large monument in commemoration of Columbus. 

Seville retains the strongest tradition of bullfighting in Spain. We enjoyed observing the local customs associated with bullfighting days of wearing special clothing and eating special meals.
 

The Metropol Parasol is the largest wooden structure in the world. Constructed in 2011, its shape commemorates the vaults of the cathedral and nearby ficus trees. The top levels are observation decks, and below ground is the Antiquarian, a display of Roman ruins found onsite during construction.
 

Plaza de Espaa in Maria Luisa Park was constructed for the Ibero-American Exposition World's Fair in 1929. Tiled fountains, ponds, pavilions and alcoves represent the regions of Spain. (dominik tefert, wikimedia commons)

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