Seville

Arrived in Seville from Madrid. We stayed in the old town and visited the Plaza de España, 150-alcazarthe Isabel II (“Triana“) bridge, the Torre del Orothe Alcázar castle, the Cathedral and Giralda, the Iglesia de la Anunciacion and the Metropol Parasol.150-cathedral

Seville is the capital of Andalusia. Andalusia is a region of hills, rivers and farmland bordering Spain’s southern coast. Seville was under Moorish rule from the 8th-15th centuries, a legacy that shows in its architecture, including such landmarks as the Alcázar castle in Seville, the capital city, as well as 150-plazaCórdoba’s Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral and Granada’s Alhambra palace. After the discovery of the New World by Columbus, Seville was the center for all trade from the Americas. This introduced the Golden Age.

Seville Old Town

Seville’s Old Town dates back to the 6th or 7th Centuries or earlier. Much of the Old Town is still intact. The whole district is pedestrian only. Many of the streets are small alley ways. This photo shows our hotel on the left (our room was two stories above).

Seville Old Town

Seville Old Town

Guadalquivir river

The Guadalquivir river is the only major navigable river in Spain. Currently it is navigable to Seville.  The voyages of Columbus and other navigators from the New World ended here. The view is from the Isabel II (“Triana“) bridge. The neighborhood of Triana is on the left and Old Town on the right.

Guadalquivir river

Guadalquivir river

Alcázar of Seville

The Alcázar, a royal palace originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings is an example of mudéjar architecture.It was developed during the 11th to 16th centuries. We got to tour the upper levels which is still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence. Queen Isabel met with Christopher Columbus here to plan his voyages. A painting commemorates the occasion.

Alcázar entrance

Alcázar entrance

Alcázar Courtyard of the Maidens

Alcázar Courtyard of the Maidens

Alcázar Columbus

Alcázar Columbus painting

Alcázar detail

Alcázar detail

Alcázar detail room

Alcázar detail room

Alcázar detail ceiling and arch

Alcázar detail ceiling and arch

 

Alcázar detail ceiling

Alcázar detail ceiling

Alcázar gardens

Alcázar gardens

Alcázar stained glass, Leon and Castille

Alcázar stained glass, Leon and Castille

Seville Cathedral

The Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. It was completed in the early 16th century and was built with the riches of the New World. Christopher Columbus is buried here. The Giralda is the bell tower, the former minaret of the mosque that stood on the site under Muslim rule.

Cathedral exterior

Cathedral exterior

Giralda

Giralda

interior columns

interior columns

roof resting on columns

roof resting on columns

detail of columnar structure

detail of columnar structure

ceiling

ceiling

bells

Giralda bells

 

Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located at La Encarnación square and claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world. The structure consists of six parasols in the form of giant mushrooms (“Las setas” in Spanish), whose design is inspired by the vaults of the Cathedral of Seville and the ficus trees in the nearby Plaza de Cristo de Burgos.

Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol

Iglesia de la Anunciación

Detail from the Iglesia de la Anunciación.

Iglesia de la Anunciación

Iglesia de la Anunciación

Seville Snapshots Gallery

Some snapshots of us in Seville. Click any photo to enlarge.