Seville, Spain

To celebrate our anniversary, Kevin and I took a short trip to Seville, Spain last weekend.

Gardens of Catalina de Ribera

Gardens of Catalina de Ribera

As the fourth largest city in Spain, Seville is simply beautiful.  Rich in Gothic and Moorish architecture, tasty tapas, flamenco and bullfighting, Seville offers up a truly Spanish experience.  Here are some of the sights…

Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol in Plaza de la Encarnación

Euro 2012

Euro 2012 – Spain v France

Being in Seville for the Euro 2012 Spain v France Football Match was a real treat.  Hundreds of fans flocked to the Metropol Parasol (a huge, mushroom-like, wooden structure) in Plaza de la Encarnación to watch their Spanish team defeat France 2-0.  The cheers were endless…

Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral

As one of Seville’s main attractions, the Gothic Seville Cathedral is an impressive architectural feat.  Built on the site of the Great Mosque of the 12th century, it is the third largest cathedral in the world, behind St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

La Giralda - Seville Cathedral

La Giralda – Seville Cathedral

The original mosque’s minaret, La Giralda, converted into a bell tower, was preserved during the cathedral’s construction.  It is a beautiful Moorish structure that offers amazing views of the city from the top.

Tomb of Christopher Columbus

Tomb of Christopher Columbus

Inside the cathedral stands the monumental tomb of Christopher Columbus.  The authenticity of the remains inside the tomb, however, are still up for some serious debate between Spain and the Dominican Republic, despite DNA testing.

With its numerous chapels, a great deal of time can be spent inside the cathedral viewing notable works of art, reliquaries, stained-glass windows, as well as the Gothic altarpiece of the Capilla Mayor (high chapel)—referred to by many as the largest altarpiece in the world.

Plaza de España

Plaza de España

Plaza de España

Plaza de España

Originally designed for the Ibero-American Expo of 1929, the recently refurbished Plaza de España (Spanish Square) is currently home to several government offices, including Seville Town Hall.  This semicircular complex of buildings with brightly tiled sections and ornately decorated bridges was featured in the film Star Wars Episode II:  Attack of the Clones.

Real Alcázar of Seville

Real Alcázar of Seville

The Real Alcázar is a royal residence once used as a military fort by the Moors in the 9th century.   With Spanish, Christian, and Moorish architectural influences, this palace offers a myriad of design elements to stimulate the senses.

Puerta del Leon

Puerta del Leon (The Lion Gate)—Main Entrance to Palace.

Palacio de Don Pedro

Palacio de Don Pedro  (Palace of King Peter I)

The Palacio de Don Pedro was the palace of King Peter I in the mid-1300s and is considered one of the most important Mudéjar style buildings in Spain.  The upper floors currently serve as the official Seville residence of the Spanish royal family.

Patio de la Montería

Patio de la Montería (Hunting Patio/Courtyard)

Alcázar Designs

Design elements of Alcázar

Palace Gardens

Palace Gardens

Baños de Doña María de Padilla

Baños de Doña María de Padilla (Baths of Lady Maria of Padilla)

The Baths of Lady Maria of Padilla are rainwater tanks named after the mistress of King Peter.

Plaza de Toros

Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza (Bullring)

Matador

All Hail the Matador!

Plaza de Torres

Plaza de Torres – Main Entrance

The Plaza de Toros (full name – Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Cabelleria de Sevilla) is considered the oldest bullring in Spain as well as one of the finest.

Torre del Oro

Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold)

The Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold), located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, served as a watchtower in the 13th century.

Here’s to a great anniversary in hot, sunny, summery Seville.  Muchas Gracias!

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6 responses to “Seville, Spain

  1. Nice post. I’m planning to walk right across the north coast of Spain in a few weeks, so great to have a bit of visual inspiration!

  2. I love this beautiful building and scence.

  3. Great photography! I especially enjoyed the The Baths of Lady Maria of Padilla picture. It looks and sounds like you two had a magnificent trip in such a beautiful place!

  4. Great photos! Love soooo much Sevilla!

  5. Looks like a fabulous city…the sights, the weather and the food were all perfect, what a spectacular way to spend your anniversary.
    Marcia and Dave

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