How I Visited Seville, Spain


It happened so that in September I traveled to Seville, Spain for a special occasion that takes place here only once every two years – the Flamenco Festival and lasts for almost a month with traditional music and dances. I spent a few days there and would like to tell you about other places that I saw during this exceptional visit.

A true inspiration was the Seville Cathedral – the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe. If you happen to stay here be sure to enjoy the greatness of structures from the high point, because of the density of buildings around it. At the beginning of the second millennium this place was a mosque. That’s why middle-eastern motives are there, but the facade of the structure is 100 percent Gothic.

SevilleAlcazar, to me personally, was the most pleasant place to walk around in the city of Seville, Spain. I liked it even more than the Alhambra of Granada. This palace was founded in the 10th century and finished in the 14th century by the Spanish King Pedro I. For many centuries Alcazar has been a royal residency.

Don Pedro Palace boasts with its unique architectural style of insane congestion of fine details called Mudejar. In the Ladies yard a show of a hundred girls was once staged, as a tribute sent by the Caliph of Cordoba. The infamous Dolls’ yard was named after the elements of decor I could experience with my own eyes.

The Center of Seville is located in the Triumphal Square. There I was surrounded by many buildings, ascribed to the UNESCO heritage of humanity, such as India’s Home Archives – a colonial document repository where the journal of Christopher Columbus, as well as original manuscripts of Magellan, Pizarro, Cortes and a total of 80 million other important historical pages are preserved. The building was built in the late 16th century and used as an exchange for the Seville merchants’ guild. The west side of the building overlooks at the Avenue of the Constitution, the southern side at the street of St. Thomas – a great place to stay, as well.

The Constitution Avenue is a 600 m pedestrian street. Two events shaped its present state: preparation for the exhibition of 1929 and the decision of the city authorities to transform the center of Seville in a comfortable place for both local people and its visitors.

seville beautiful nightFrom there I kept moving and stumbled upon and Old Coliseum Theater designed by the brothers Jose and Aurelio Gomez Millan in the best neo-Mudejar traditions. It was built in 1931. As I learned later in the late 60’s the city wanted to demolish the building, as it did not meet the technical requirements, but after protests the city council decided to leave the building as it is.

All in all these were a couple of great days in Seville, Spain. If I ever have another chance visiting this beautiful place I will do it as soon as possible.


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