Top things to do in Sevilla

Seville’s Points of Interest

Every city has something that the majority of people come there to see, or do. Sevilla has many different attractions that tourist love to see, and it is also a great area for Flamenco. The Flamenco shows are excellent sources of entertainment, and you should not visit this region without taking in one of those shows.

Alcazar of Seville

The Alcazar of Seville was originally designed by Moorish Kings in the mudejar architectural style. The structure is still being used today as living quarters for the royal family.

You may not know this but the Alcazar of Seville was where Maria Antoinetta was born. King Phillip V and Elisabeth Farnese were in Seville to oversee the signing of the Treaty of Seville when the babe was born. That treaty of Seville officially ended the Anglo-Spanish war of 1727.

This palace and the grounds surrounding the palace have been used in many films. In the 2005 movie “Kingdom of Heaven, ” this palace was where they shot the scenes for the court of the King of Jerusalem. In 162 Lawrence of Arabia was filmed at the palace, and in the fifth season of Game of Throne, some of the palace scenes were filmed at Alcazar.

There are beautiful gardens, the pond that was designed by Diego de Pesquera in 1576 that is guarded by the figure of Mercury. There are many artefacts that have been preserved and left so that we may see the history that went into this structure.

Plaza de Espana

The Plaza de Espana is a brick structure that is built in a semi-circle. On the north and south ends of the structure, there are towers so tall they can be seen all around the city of Seville. Passing in front of the structure is a canal that is over 500 meters in length. There are four bridges that cross the canal and lead to the Plaza de Espana. These four bridges were erected to represent the original four kingdoms that made up ancient Spain. These kingdoms were Castille, Aragon, Navarre and Leon.

The plaza is very impressive and has been used as movie locations for movies such as Star Wars, and Lawrence of Arabia.

The Plaza is situated on the grounds of the Maria Luisa Park. Carriages drawn by horses will take you on a ride through the park grounds and the ride will culminate at the Plaza.

The plaza measures 50000 meters and has a portico on ground level. The first floor of the plaza has many balconies stretching out in front of it and these balconies make excellent photo opportunities.

There are numerous staircases leading up from the balconies and along the wall, forty eight alcoves with bench seats have been established for the forty-eight provinces in Spain. Inside each alcove, there is a tableau and map painted on ceramic tiles.

Real Alcazar

The real Alcazar is one of the most frequently visited tourist destinations on earth. Inside the real Alcazar, you can be entertained by lectures, or enthralled by a performance of the Spring Theater, or even entrances during one of the infamous Alcazar Gardens Evenings.

From October until March the real Alcazar is open seven days a week from 09:30 until 17:00. From April until September the hours are longer and the real Alcazar is open from 09:30 until 19:00.

It is closed every year on the 1st day of January, the 6th day of January, on Good Friday before Easter Sunday, and the 25th day of December.

A regular adult entrance pass will only cost you 9.50 €. If you are a student between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five, or you are a pensioner in this age bracket the admittance cost will only be 2€, and anyone considered to be disabled, anyone under 16 years of age, and all people born in, or residing in the city will be admitted for no charge. 

Seville Cathedral

The full name of the Seville cathedral is “the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Sea”. This is a roman catholic cathedral located in Spain in the city of Sevilla. This cathedral is the third largest cathedral in the world according to size. It is the largest cathedral that is the seat of bishops. The Basilica of the National Shrine or Our Lady of Aparecida and St Peter’s Basilica are both larger cathedrals by size, but neither of those churches is seats for bishops. This cathedral is also the largest gothic cathedral in the world.

This cathedral was erected during the 16th century. Until that time Hagia Sophia cathedral had always been the largest in the world. On the northeastern portion of the church, there is the Archbishop’s Palace.

This is the burial site of Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Columbus, Fernando III of Castille, Elisabeth of Hohenstaufen, Alfonso X of Castile, Pedro I of Castile.

This structure is considered to be one of the twelve treasures of Spain.

This cathedral contains fifteen doors amongst its four facades, and each of those doors has a distinguished reason for being there. The doors have been designed by famous artist like Lorenzo Mercadante, and Pedro Millan. The artistry is magnificent and the sculptures scattered throughout the cathedral are priceless artefacts.

Barrio Santa Cruz

This neighbourhood in Seville contains many of the oldest churches I the region. It has the Jardines de Murillo on one side, the real Alcazar on one side, the Calle Mateos Gago on one side, and the Calle Santa Maria La Blanca/San Jose on the other side.

When Fernando III de Castile rescued the city from the Muslim rule this portion of the city was the Jewish neighbourhood. He rounded up the Jewish people and concentrated them inside this one neighbourhood.

The neighbourhood is made up of many narrow streets and alleys. There are many plazas and squares scattered amongst the neighbourhood. These plazas are each worth viewing. They are:

  • The Plaza de Santa Cruz with its 17th century wrought iron cross.
  • The Plaza de Los Venerables is chock full of beautiful terraces and bars.
  • The Plaza de las Cruces has three crosses seated on top of three columns.
  • The Plaza de Dona Elvira is filed with colourful tiles, orange trees, and beautiful benches to sit on.
  • The Plaza de Los Refinadores boasts a sculpture of Don Juan.
  • The Plaza de Alfaro is beside the city wall.
  • The Plaza de la Alianza is also beside the city wall and offers you the heady fragrance of the flowers that are kept in the residential gardens near there.

 

Parque de María Luisa

This public park is situated along the banks of the Guadalquivir River. The grounds of the park were once a part of the gardens belonging to the Palace of San Telmo. These garden areas were given to the city in 1893. You will find luscious areas of foliage, benches to sit on and enjoy the views, and educational panels scattered throughout the park to educate you on the area, the history, and the wildlife. There are several historical monuments to visit while you stroll through the park, and you do not want to miss seeing the Fountain of Lions or the Water Lily Pool while you are there.

Metropol Parasol

This wooden structure is composed of six panels. It was built in 2011 by the German architect Jurgen Mayer and it is the biggest wooden structure in the entire world. It measures 490 feet by 230 feet and is over 85 feet high. It houses an open-air plaza that is open to the public and is designed for public events to be held there. There are a fine dining establishment and several amazing terraces that offer spectacular views of the city.

Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza

This is the oldest bullfighting arena in Spain. It was constructed during the late eighteenth century. You may see the bull fights here during the festival called Feria de Abril, or you can simply visit the museum and enjoy the history of the structure.

Casa de Pilatos

This palace is where the Dukes of Medinaceli call home. The palace was constructed in the fifteen hundred by Pedro Enriquez de Quinones and later his son Fadrique Enriquez de Rivera. The building is magnificent and decorated with precious tiles called azulejos. The gardens are amazing, and the entire structure is a historical monument that is mind blowing in beauty with a courtyard that has twenty-four busts of various Spanish kings surrounding a fountain. There is a staircase decorated with the precious azuleios tiles and a ceiling that rivals the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.

Torre del Oro

This watchtower in Seville was built during the Almohad dynasty. It has three levels and is formed from mortar, lime and pressed hay that gives it a golden hue so it is called the golden tower by the locals.

It was at one time a prison, and it was one of the points where a large chain was attached during the middle ages to block the river from assault. The other anchor point on the river is long ago demolished, but the large chain would be stretched across the river so that ships could not come into the town. This tower has great historical significance in the city.

Giralda 

Giralda is actually the bell tower located in the Seville Cathedral. It has been in the position since the medieval times and is considered to be a historical monument in the city. It stretches 104.1 meters into the air and was completed in 1198. The copper spires on top of the tower catch the sunlight and create a dazzling display. 

General Archive of the Indies

This structure is home to the merchant’s exchange of Seville. These documents are historically very valuable and very rare. The building houses over 43,000 books containing more than 80 million documents pertaining to the historical development of Spain.

Sevilla Historic City Center

The historic city centre is the epitome of beauty, architectural strength, and cultural richness. There are delightful monuments of historical significance that date back to the medieval times housed in this centre.

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