A Travellerspoint blog

Seville - Heart of Andalucia is a tourist's dream

12th century La Giralda is attached to the cathedral; it was originally part of a mosque from the time of the Moors

12th century La Giralda is attached to the cathedral; it was originally part of a mosque from the time of the Moors

Plaza de Espana; in 1503 Seville was awarded an official monopoly on Spanish trade with America

Plaza de Espana; in 1503 Seville was awarded an official monopoly on Spanish trade with America

Seville Cathedral was completed in 1502 and was the largest Gothic cathedral in the world; amazing to consider that even today it remains the largest church in the world by volume!

Seville Cathedral was completed in 1502 and was the largest Gothic cathedral in the world; amazing to consider that even today it remains the largest church in the world by volume!

Tomb of Christopher Columbus inside the Seville Cathedral

Tomb of Christopher Columbus inside the Seville Cathedral

You enter the Alcazar through the Patio del Leon which was the garrison yard of the original palace

You enter the Alcazar through the Patio del Leon which was the garrison yard of the original palace

Plaza de Toros seats 12,000 and during the Seville Fair hosts one of the most famous bullfights in the world

Plaza de Toros seats 12,000 and during the Seville Fair hosts one of the most famous bullfights in the world

It took more than 100 years to construct the Seville Cathedral; it remains one of the most grandiose buildings from medieval times

It took more than 100 years to construct the Seville Cathedral; it remains one of the most grandiose buildings from medieval times

Alcazar interior; the Alcazar, Cathedral and Archives together are a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Alcazar interior; the Alcazar, Cathedral and Archives together are a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The stunning attention to detail in the Alcazar is just overwhelming; every element was well designed creating a spectacular sight

The stunning attention to detail in the Alcazar is just overwhelming; every element was well designed creating a spectacular sight

The Torre del Oro is a 13th century watchtower that controlled ships using the Guadalquivir River

The Torre del Oro is a 13th century watchtower that controlled ships using the Guadalquivir River

The Plaza de Espana is one of my all-time favorite places.  I just love the symmetry and attention to detail.  The beautiful tile work is so perfect.

The Plaza de Espana is one of my all-time favorite places. I just love the symmetry and attention to detail. The beautiful tile work is so perfect.

Don Quixote, written in 1605, is widely considered the first modern novel; Cervantes is regarded as the best Spanish writer in history

Don Quixote, written in 1605, is widely considered the first modern novel; Cervantes is regarded as the best Spanish writer in history

Every Spanish province has a unique tiled portion along the Plaza de Espana; great to wander gazing at the different parts of the country

Every Spanish province has a unique tiled portion along the Plaza de Espana; great to wander gazing at the different parts of the country

Town Hall; Seville is the capital of Andulusia with 1.5 million people in the metro area making it Spain's 4th largest city

Town Hall; Seville is the capital of Andulusia with 1.5 million people in the metro area making it Spain's 4th largest city

I really appreciated the innovativeness of the covered streets since it was blazing hot

I really appreciated the innovativeness of the covered streets since it was blazing hot

Plaza de Espana; Seville has the only river port in Spain; it's 50 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean

Plaza de Espana; Seville has the only river port in Spain; it's 50 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean

Puerta del Perdon de la Catedral; a plague in 1649 caused the death of half the city's population

Puerta del Perdon de la Catedral; a plague in 1649 caused the death of half the city's population

Great, box-like choir fills the nave of the Seville cathedral; largest altarpiece in the world is also here

Great, box-like choir fills the nave of the Seville cathedral; largest altarpiece in the world is also here

Seville is the hottest major metropolitan city in Western Europe with average highs of 95 degrees; even in October the heat was brutal

Seville is the hottest major metropolitan city in Western Europe with average highs of 95 degrees; even in October the heat was brutal

Impressive that the Alcazar didn't sustain damage from the Lisbon 1755 earthquake

Impressive that the Alcazar didn't sustain damage from the Lisbon 1755 earthquake

View from the Giralda; the high-rise is the Seville Tower designed by Cesar Pelli

View from the Giralda; the high-rise is the Seville Tower designed by Cesar Pelli

The Plaza de Espana was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition; many of Seville's landmark buildings were also built for the expo

The Plaza de Espana was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition; many of Seville's landmark buildings were also built for the expo

Jardines de Murillo; in 1519 Ferdinand Magellan departed Seville for the first circumnavigation of the earth

Jardines de Murillo; in 1519 Ferdinand Magellan departed Seville for the first circumnavigation of the earth

The Alcazar is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe; the Spanish royal family uses the upper floors as their royal residence in Seville

The Alcazar is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe; the Spanish royal family uses the upper floors as their royal residence in Seville

Built primarily in the 1300s (during the Dark Ages in Europe), the Alcazar is considered one of architecture's high points

Built primarily in the 1300s (during the Dark Ages in Europe), the Alcazar is considered one of architecture's high points

The Alcazar is regarded as the finest example of Mudejar architecture in Spain

The Alcazar is regarded as the finest example of Mudejar architecture in Spain

Monstrance for the Holy Friday only leaves the Seville Cathedral one day a year during Semana Santa

Monstrance for the Holy Friday only leaves the Seville Cathedral one day a year during Semana Santa

Seville just selected as one of Lonely Planet's 10 cities to visit in 2018

Seville just selected as one of Lonely Planet's 10 cities to visit in 2018

Posted by VagabondCowboy 05:29

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

This blog requires you to be a logged in member of Travellerspoint to place comments.

Login