About Seville we can say that is the capital and main urban settlement of Andalusia and the fourth largest city in Spain. But Seville is much more than that, being a center of artistic, historic, cultural and social landscape of Spain. Here are many sights of typical Spanish culture, from palaces and impressive churches, the pavilions, gardens, buildings and markets.
Real Alcazar is the Seville Royal Palace, built by Muslim kings and considered the most important architectural work in the Iberian Peninsula. The upper section of the building still houses the Spanish royal house. It is the oldest royal castle, it is included on the UNESCO heritage list. Halls castle itself, its magnificent gardens and terraces combines several architectural styles such as French, Italian and Arabic. The building is seen as an architectural gem of great importance and unrivaled beauty.
Plaza de España
Plaza de España is a market in Seville, located in Maria Luisa Park and originally built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. The square has a semicircular shape and is occupied with administrative buildings and museums. It is built of red bricks and colored tiles, with many buildings with columns, a canal that surrounds the small square and beautifully decorated bridges.
The impressive St. Mary’s Cathedral in Seville strikes by its colossal dimensions. This Roman Catholic cathedral is considered the largest church not only in Spain, but also the third largest church in the world and the largest religious building in the world built in the Gothic style. This religious building is also famous for the fact that here is the tomb of Christopher Columbus. The cathedral is built in Gothic style, with elements of Islam.
Giralda is an emblem of the city and the place where the Seville Cathedral bell can be found. The tower was built originally in the medieval period, as the minaret of a huge mosque, at its 104 meters, the giant tower is part of UNESCO. The combination of architectural styles made from this tower an inspiration to other famous buildings in the world.
Maria Luisa Park
Maria Luisa is the name of the principal park in Seville, which is along the river Guadalquivir. The park is shaped like a huge botanical gardens, with wide boulevards, pavilions, lakes, decorated fountains, plus lush flowers and palm trees, exotic fruit trees, Mediterranean plants and floral arrangements. The park is rich in artistic monuments such as Miguel de Cervantes, Gustavo Adolfo Becquer and the famous Fountain of Lions.
Metropol Parasol is the largest wooden structure in the world. The building consists of six mushroom-like roofs, inspired by Seville’s cathedral spires. Metropol Parasol is organized into four levels. The Antiquarium Museum can be found in the basement, the actual market on the ground floor, we find a terrace on the first floor used as a location in organizing events and on floors two and three terraces with excellent views over the city.
Seville is one of the most fascinating cities you’ll visit, due to both strong Spanish heritage presented in the city and also due to Arabic influence. This city steeped in history will impress you with its unique cultural richness.