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Seville

Seville is a city located southwest of the Iberian Peninsula, the capital of “Andalucia” , it is also capital of the homonymous province. It is only 20meters above sea level, in full Vega and Countryside of the Guadalquivir River, and it shores.

Seville, is a city that has a lot to offer for your holidays. Sun, light, a warm climate, joy, culture, history, folklore and party are all united under a mostly blue and cloudless sky and Seville’s city centre is full of bars, restaurants and terraces.

According to legend, Seville was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation. It was called Hispalis under the Romans and Isbiliya with the Moors. Its high point in its history was following the discovery of America.

Seville lies on the banks of the Guadalquivir and is one of the largest historical centres in Europe, it has the minaret of La Giralda, the cathedral (one of the largest in Christendom), and the Alcázar Palace. Part of its treasure include Casa de Pilatos, Torre del Oro, the Town Hall, Archive of the Indies (where the historical records of the American continent are kept), the Fine Arts Museum (the second largest picture gallery in Spain) , plus convents, parish churches and palaces.

The most famous images of Seville are of the group of historic monuments consisting of the Cathedral, the Giralda Tower, Los Reales Alcázares and the Archive of the Indies, all of which are all UNESCO World heritage buildings.

It has hosted two international exhibitions (1929 and 1992) and is the administrative capital of Andalucía. The quarter of Triana on the other side of the river, La Macarena, Santa Cruz and San Bartolomé, the street of Las Sierpes, plus La Maestranza bullring, María Luisa park and the riverside walks are all representative images of Sevilla.

For all its important monuments and fascinating history, Sevilla is universally famous for being a joyous town. While the Sevillians are known for their wit and sparkle, the city itself is striking for its vitality. It is the largest town in Southern Spain, the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro.

The Sevillians are great actors and put on an extraordinary performance at their annual Fería de Abril, a week-long party of drink, food and dance which takes place day and night in more than a thousand especially mounted tents. But above all it allows the men to parade on their fine horses and the women to dance in brilliantly coloured gypsy dresses.

Immediately before that is Holy Week, Semana Santa, a religious festival where hooded penitents march In long processions followed by huge baroque floats on which sit Images of the Virgin or Christ, surrounded by cheerful crowds.

In Sevilla, you will want to visit the old city, with the Cathedral and the Giralda tower at its heart. (You can climb the steps inside the tower for a magnificent view of the City). Very close by are the royal Mudéjar palace known as the Alcazar with marvellous gardens and the Santa Cruz quarter, with cramped streets, flowered balconies, richly decorated facades, hidden patios… Other sights not to be missed are, in the old city, the Casa de Pilatos, a large sixteenth-century mansion where Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance styles blend harmoniously amidst exuberant patios and gardens and, crossing the Triana bridge over the large Guadalquívir River, the lively popular quarter of Triana with charming narrow streets around the church of Santa Ana and traditional ceramic factories.

Seville has several excellent museums representing a wide range of subjects, historical period and style. Bullfighting fans will enjoy the small museum at the bullring, while the Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares is devoted to a more general tradition of arts and culture. The archaeological museum covers a period dating back to Palaeolithic times, while the Casa de Pilatos and the Council Hall are examples of fine stately homes.

Palaces, such as the Alcazar and the Palacio San Telmo are magnificent in their opulence while the fascinating tobacco factory which inspired the famous Carmen gypsy heroine is, today, part of the city’s bustling university campus.

The Neo-Baroque theatre of Teatro Lope de Vega dates back to the mid sixteenth century and its faded opulence creates the perfect setting for live performances.

With its rich artistic heritage, it’s not surprising that Seville has a number of art galleries. These range from the beautiful Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum), which has a fine collection of art by Spain’s most celebrated painters, to smaller exhibition spaces with more contemporary shows. Other historic buildings housing notable works as well as frequent exhibitions include the Casa de los Venerables in Santa Cruz (frescoes by Valdés Leal) and the Hospital de la Caridad in Arenal (works by Murillo, Valdés Leal and Roldán).

The Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo is housed in the magnificent 15th-century Monasterio Santa Maria de las Cuevas on the island of La Cartuja – Columbus stayed and worked here before his voyages. Its permanent collection is mostly by 20th century Andalucian artists, while temporary exhibitions offer contemporary paintings, photographs, installations and performance art from international artists

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