Seville is the largest city in the region of Andalusia. If you are planning to come and you still don’t know which are the main attractions, in this post I give you the top 10 places to see in Seville.
This is one of the main attractions to see in Seville. It’s the residence of the Spanish royal family when they visit Seville. Its construction was carried out in several stages. It preserves elements of Mudejar, Mannerist, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
The entrance is through the Lion Gate decorated with some mosaics of this animal. Inside, in some rooms, they display tiles and other fragments that belonged to the Real Alcázar. Some of the rooms and patios that you can see in your visit are the Hall of Ambassadors, the patio of the maidens, and the Gothic Palace.
The general admission is €11,50 ($14.22 USD). In my opinion, it’s not as impressive as the Alhambra in Granada, but it’s a must esee in Seville. On this site, you can get more information about the tickets, as well as make a virtual tour to the Alcazar.
Plaza de España
The construction of this square began in 1914 and ended in 1929. It is a semi-circle-shaped square. There is a fountain in the center surrounded by a water channel crossed by four bridges. The bridges symbolize the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. On the walls of the square, there are 48 benches. They represent the 46 provinces of the peninsula and the 2 archipelagos.
The buildings that surround the square, house the sub-delegation of the government of Spain. Before they housed the delegation of the central Government in Andalusia and the Seville Military Museum. There is also a theater inside. Nevertheless, the original purpose of the buildings was to be part of the University of Seville. For that reason in the benches of the provinces, there are some alcoves where they placed books.
The Plaza de España is beautiful and is an ideal place to visit with your family. It is definitely a place to see in Seville. Besides, colorful tiles decorate the bridges and benches making the square a very attractive place. The buildings around in Renaissance and Baroque architecture add to its beauty. It is a place where you can take a photo, take a ride on the boats and feed the swans and ducks.
Although I didn’t see the cathedral inside, I can say that it will be enough to see it from the outside. Its Gothic architecture and its size draw attention. In fact, it’s the gothic church with the largest surface in the world. its Construction began in 1401 on the land where they demolished the old Aljama Mosque. The Giralda and Patio de Los Naranjos survived the destruction.
Later they remodeled adding Renaissance and Baroque elements. The Door of Forgiveness conserves some elements of the Almohad style of XII century. You can access the Patio de Los Naranjos through this door. In Muslim times it was the place where they made the ritual ablutions.
The bell tower, better known as La Giralda, although it belongs to the same complex as the Cathedral, is an attraction in itself that you can see in Seville. It was the minaret of the old mosque, a part that survived the destruction. The upper part of the Giralda was built later in a Renaissance style because the tower suffered damage in an earthquake.
Torre del Oro
La Torre del Oro (Gold Tower) is a tower located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. It was part of the defensive walls of the Real Alcázar and the city of Seville. Its name come from its golden reflection in the river. In the Almohad era, they called it Borg-al-Dsayeb.
It is documented that its construction began between 1220 and 1221 on the orders of Governor Abù l-Ulà. Later they built a second body in the 14th century and the upper body, topped with a golden dome, in the year 1760.
Inside is the Naval Museum of Seville, which you can visit paying an entrance fee of €3 euros. In this site, you can find more information about the schedules.
Maria Luisa Park
The Maria Luisa Park is right next to the Plaza de España, in fact, this square is part of the park. Although, the square has its own fame and prestige. It is one of the most important green areas that you can see in Seville. The Park opened to the public in 1914. It takes its name from the Infanta Maria Luisa Fernanda de Borbon, wife of the Duke of Montpensier.
Originally they were part of the gardens of the Palace of San Telmo, the residence of the Duke and the Infanta. In 1893 the Infanta donated a large part of the gardens of San Telmo to the city. The park is quite extensive and has several decorative structures such as the monument of Bequer and the island of the birds.
Also in this park is the old Mudejar Pavilion that houses the Museum of Arts and traditions of Seville. In front of this beautiful building is the Archaeological Museum. Admission to each of these two museums is €1.50 ($1.85 USD). For citizens of the European Union, the admission is free.
The Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure which looks like mushrooms. That’s why the local people nicknamed it as the Mushrooms of Seville. It houses a traditional market, a show square, and the Antiquarium, which is an archaeological museum.
General Archive of the Indies
The Archivo General de Indias is a building near the Cathedral. They created the archives in 1785 under orders of King Charles III. The purpose was to gather together all documents related to the conquest of America. The building which houses it, La Casa Lonja de Mercaderes de Sevilla, was built between 1584 and 1598.
It’s the largest archive on the activities of Spain in the Americas and the Philippines. It contains important documents such as autographs texts by Cristopher Columbus, Hernán Cortés, and Francisco Pizarro. In 1987 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Visiting hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is free. More information about the schedules on this site.
Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza
Since 1707 there was a square bullring in the Arenal neighborhood in Seville. However, in 1733 works began to build a circular bullring since the previous one was in poor condition. After several stages of construction, they completed it in the 19th century. Its architectural style is late-Baroque.
Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts of Seville is located in the square of the same name. It was founded by royal decree in 1835 as the Museum of Paintings. The building which house it is the old Convent de la Merced Calzada.
Its collection of artwork came from the confiscation of monasteries and convents. Mainly includes Baroque and Seville painting of the 19th century. Some of the artists in the collection are El Greco, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Juan de Valdés Leal, and Murillo. The latter has a statue at the entrance of the museum.
Many works of this museum got lost due to mismanagement of the directors, as they sold off many important paintings. Fortunately, it has also received many donations and acquisitions in the 20th century. The ticket costs €1.50 and if you like art, you will enjoy this museum. On this site more information about schedules and the collection.
Here ends my recommendation of the 10 places to see in Seville. The advantage is that several of the most beautiful places in Seville are either free or very cheap. So you can see many in your visit to this beautiful Andalusian city.
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