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Seville, Spain's fourth largest city and Andalucia's capital, is where the best of what The Moors created is; lush, sensual and flirty. A sexy city where the country side is always close by and you can pick oranges from the trees growing along the street
Say's an old Spanish refrain," Quien no ha visto Sevilla, no ha visto maravilla." ( He who has not seen Seville, has not seen wonderment.)
George Borrow, author of 'The Bible in Spain', considered it "the most interesting town in all Spain (beneath) the most glorious heaven..."
Even through the rare veil of fine December rain Seville is pretty. In the bright Andalucian sunshine she is dazzling.
A fitting setting for Byron's 'Don Juan', Bizet's 'Carmen', and Rossini's 'Barber' to play out their fictional lives. Some of the real lives that got their start here are those of the poets Gustav Adolpho Becquer (1836-70) and Antonio Machado (1875-1939) and the painters Diego de Velasquez (1599-1660) and Bartelome Esteban Murillo ( 1618-82).
Romance has apparently always coursed through the city's veins. The Muslim historian Al-Saqundi, captivated by its charm, once proclaimed: "If one asked for the milk of birds in Seville, it would be found."
St. Teresa was so taken with its beauty and boldness that she confessed she felt that anyone who could somehow avoid sin in Seville would be doing very well indeed.
So how did Seville get to be the most Spanish of all cities in Spain.
Greek legend has it that Seville was founded by Hercules on six stone columns, but archeological evidence points to an early bronze age settlement (apparently built on wooden posts) some 10-11 centuries BCE. The early Iberians were later displaced, first by Phoenicians, then the Carthaginians and next the Romans after the battle of Illipa in 256 BCE during the Second Punic War. Nearby Itálica [the ruins of which can be seen today] became the first major Roman city in Spain - and the birthplace of the emperors, Trajan and Hadrian.By about 50 BCE, Hispalis, as Seville was then known, had become one of the major cities of Bética (Roman Andalusia), and was Christianized during the later stages of the Empire. The city was sacked by the Vandals in 426 CE, and later came under the less violent regime of the Visigoths. The Moors took the city in 711, and transformed it into Isbiliya (from which the name Seville is derived). Islamic Isbiliya lasted until the Christian reconquest by Fernando III of Castilla in 1248.
The height of Seville's splendour came with Columbus’s discovery of the New World. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Seville was the centre of operations during the Spanish expansion in the Americas. Its port was one of the most important in Spain, having the monopoly on trade with the New World colonies. The intense trading activity in Sevilla during this period gave rise to a city filled with royal palaces, noble houses, churches and convents.
Seville was the home of famous and notorious historical figures: the legendary Don Juan learned the arts of seduction here before going on to conquer the hearts of women across Europe, while Columbus set off from a port close to Sevilla to discover the New World. Prosper Merimée's Carmen, who couldn't decide between the officer Don José and the bullfighter Escamillo - the consequences of which you can still enjoy today in the city opera house - was a worker in Sevilla's old tobacco factory. This factory serves today as a university, a fact that might give you a glimpse into the Andalusian talent for improvisation. Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to Britain and other European powers. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall further behind in terms of economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World Wars I and II, but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). In the second half of the 20th century, Spain played a catch-up role in the western international community, with new wealth founded on tourism, migrant workers and, ironically, a lucrative agreement that Franco negotiated with the United States allowing the latter to open military bases in Spain. In fact in 1966 a US warplane accidentally dropped four nuclear bombs on Spain , three of which landed near the tiny village of Palomares in eastern Andalusia, the fourth just off the coast. By some miracle none of them exploded.
Seville was immeasurably enriched when it hosted the World Fair in 1992, coinciding with celebrations marking the fifth centenary of the European discovery of the Americas. The World Fair saw a return to a prominence and prosperity for Sevilla, not seen since its heyday in the 16th and 17th century.
Seville owes much of its charm to history, and you can see and feel elements of it throughout the city - the Roman ruins of Itálica, the Moorish, early Christian and New World expansion era architecture and monuments abound.
Seville is a city rich in history and culture and home to some of the most stunning architectural monuments in the world. And as the birthplace of flamenco music and dance and the site of one the country's oldest bullrings Seville is perhaps the most Spanish of Spain's historic cities and a must for any visitor to Iberia.
Seville Art and Culture
A mixture of artistic traditions
Seville has witnessed the passage of the most diverse civilisations. Hispalis was founded by the Tartessans and next to it, in the year 207 B.C. the Romans built the remarkable city of Italica
Founded by the Roman General Publius Cornelius Scipio, the city witnessed the birth of two Roman Emperors:Trajan and Hadrian. The long Muslim rule, from the year 711 till 1248, left indelible marks in this city. The end of the Cordovan Caliphate in the 11th century gave rise to the splendour of the Taifa Kingdom of Seville, especially under the rule of al-Mutamid, the Poet-King..... Read More
The contrast between the ancient and the modern is visible in all areas of life in Seville. This unique contrast is visible in its tradition yet modern outlook, its economy, culture as well as nature. The city has so much to show you, so much rich history displayed in its buildings and public places and the whole city is a living museum, a very beautiful musieum filled with treasures and jewels. .....Read More
Doñana Nature Reserve and the Sierra Norte Nature Reserve are close by. Isla Mágica Theme Park, Aquópolis Seville Guadalpark Water Park, and Mundo Park are great places to take the kids..
Some of the best things to see in Seville are in The Old Quarter which as the name suggests dates back quite a few years. Triana and La Macarena in particular contain many monuments and buildings dating from the Moorish Conquest.
You can't miss La Giralda, now part of the cathedral it's the tallest tower in Spain Ancient minaret of the Islamic Mosque and erected in 1184, its foundations use stones from Roman monuments.
The Torre del Oro or Golden Tower houses the Naval Museum. Built between 1221 and 1222.
Near the Barrio Santa Cruz is the magnificent Plaza de España, a must see and thing to do for all visitors.
In Seville during Semana Santa or Easter Week, is a religious festival and there is also the Feria de Abríl (April Fair) a truly magnificent event.
The celebration of Seville in April
The Sevillian spring in all its splendour
(At night of Monday “pescaíto” is celebrated traditional and “alumbrao”)
The origins of the Fair of April go back to 1846, year in which Narciso Bonaplata and Jose Maria de Ybarra signed a proposal requesting authorization to celebrate an annual fair.
Since then one has become the most emblematic celebration of City of Seville, collection point of Sevillians whom, during one week, the social gathering and the friends become in centre of the life of the Sevillians....Read More
Spain - Barcelona - Seville - Valencia - Madrid
Seville is one such city of Spain where the festive mood never ends. Semana Santa is a tradition which is repeated year after year; a time when the pious and curious join together to participate in the procession and converge on the streets and squares which take on the ambience and aura of an open air temple.
Semana Santa (holy week/easter) has been one of the most significant celebrations in Seville since centuries. The Cofradias ...Read More
Roda de Andalucía New year's eve festival
12 lucky grapes for all present and fireworks at the doors of the Town Hall
Avenida de la Constitución, 2
Tel. +34 954787578
Plaza del Triunfo, 1 - 41004
Tel. +34 954210005
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