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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Seville

Sevilla, Spain's fourth-largest city, chief town of its province and capital of Andalusia, lies in a fertile plain on the left bank of the Río Guadalquivir. With the abundance of art and architecture which it has inherited from many centuries of history and the lively and bustling activity of a southern Mediterranean town which is also a port, Seville fully justifies the old saying, "Quien no ha visto Sevilla, no ha visto maravilla" ("If you have not seen Seville you have missed a marvel").

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  • (1) Puerto Macarena
  • (2) San Gil
  • (3) Omnium Sanctorum
  • (4) Santa Marina
  • (5) San Julián
  • (6) Convento de Santa Paula
  • (7) Santa Isabel
  • (8) San Marcos
  • (9) Casa de la Dueñas
  • (10) Museo de Bellas Artes
  • (11) Pabellón Sevillanos Illustres
  • (12) San Pedro
  • (13) Santa Catalina
  • (14) Ayuntamiento
  • (15) San Salvador
  • (16) Convento de San Leandro
  • (17) San lldefonso
  • (18) Casa de Pilatos
  • (19) Monolitos Romanos,
  • (20) Santa Maria la Blanca
  • (21) Acueducto
  • (22) Palacio Arzobispal
  • (23) Casa Lonja (Archivo de Indias)
  • (24) Hospital de la Caridad
  • (25) Torre del Oro
  • (26) Palacio San Telmo
  • (27) Estación de Autobuses
  • (28) Teatro Lope de Vega
  • (29) Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares nos Illustres
  • Alameda de Hércules and Vicinity
  • Alcázar
  • Barrio de Santa Cruz
  • Basílica Macarena
  • Cathedral
  • Former Site of EXPO '92
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Palacio Lebrija
  • Plaza de España
  • Plaza Nueva
  • Plaza San Francisco
  • Sagrario
  • San Lorenzo
  • Santa Ana
  • Street of the Snakes

Alcázar

The 14th C Alcázar was built by the Moors. Some of the highlights include the Apartments of Charles V, the gardens, and the Hall of the Ambassadors, which is the oldest of the rooms.

Casa de Pilatos

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Some 500m/550yd east of San Salvador by way of Calle de Aguilas, in the Plaza de Pilatos, is the 16th century Casa de Pilatos, built by Moorish and Christian architects, which is popularly believed to be a copy of Pilate's house in Jerusalem. It shows a charming variant of the Mudéjar style, modified by Gothic and Renaissance features. The house is laid out round a beautiful patio decorated with azulejos and pieces of antique sculpture. The interior is also in Mudéjar style. Particularly fine are the Salón Dorado (Golden Room), with faience decoration and a coffered ceiling, the Grand Staircase and the private chapel. A number of rooms are occupied by a museum of Roman sculpture.
Address: Plaza de Pilatos 1, Spain

San Pedro

From the Plaza de Pilatos in Seville, Calle de Caballerizas runs northwest past the twin-towered Baroque church of San Ildefonso. Beyond this Calle de los Descalzos continues into the long Plaza del Cristo de Burgos, on the northwest side of which is the Gothic church of San Pedro (14th century), with a beautiful Mudéjar tower. Velázquez was baptized in this church.
Address: Calle Doña Maria Coronel 1, Spain

Santa Catalina

A little way east of San Pedro is the church of Santa Catalina, with a tower which was originally the minaret of a mosque.

Palacio de las Dueñas

From Santa Catalina, Calle Gerona runs northwest to Seville's 15th century Palacio de las Dueñas, which has a beautiful Mudéjar-style patio.

Around the Alameda de Hércules

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In Seville, the continuation of Calle de las Sierpes to the north, Calle Amor de Dios, goes past the Plaza del Duque to the Alameda de Hércules, a tree-lined avenue, at the south end of which are two tall granite columns from a Roman temple, set up here in 1574, bearing statues of Hercules and Julius Caesar.

San Lorenzo

To the west of the Alameda de Hércules in Seville stands the church of San Lorenzo, with a beautiful high altar by Montañés and a much venerated figure of Christ, Nuestro Señor del Gran Poder (by Juan de Mesa), in a side chapel.

Town Walls

On the north side of the old town of Seville, between the Puerta de Córdoba and the Puerta de la Macarena, extends a considerable stretch of the old town walls, built on Roman foundations.

Basílica Macarena

To the left of the Puerta de la Macarena can be found the Basílica Macarena, with an image of the Virgen de la Macarena by Pedro Roldán. In a museum attached to the church are displayed the jewels and ornaments with which the image is decked on special occasions, together with the costumes worn by celebrated bullfighters.
Address: Calle Macarena, Spain

Museum of Fine Art

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In the western part of the old town of Seville, reached from the Plaza del Duque by way of Calle de Alfonso XII, is the 17th century Convento de la Merced, now occupied by the Museum of Art, which has the finest collection of pictures in Spain after the Prado in Madrid, particularly of the works by 17th century Spanish painters.
Address: Plaza del Museo 9, E-41001 Seville, Spain

Parque de María Luisa

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To the south of the Tobacco Factory in Seville, in the Avenida de Isabel la Católica, is the main entrance to the large Parque de María Luisa, laid out by the Infanta María Luisa Fernanda de Borbón.

Plaza de España

The semicircular Plaza de Espana in Seville.
The Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929-30 was held in Seville's Parque de María Luisa, and a number of the buildings still remain - the Palacio Centrale, with two 82m/269ft high towers at the corners, in the semicircular Plaza de España and the Pabellón Mudéjar, Pabellón Real and Palacio del Rinacimiento in the Plaza de América.

Museum of Folk Art and Costume

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In the Pabellón Mudéjar the Museum of Folk Art and Costume, has a large collection, displayed on two floors, of 19th century costumes, folk arts and crafts, furniture, domestic equipment, etc.
The building that houses the collection was originally built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition.
Address: Pabellón Mudéjar, Plaza de América, 3, E-41013 Seville, Spain

Archeological Museum

The Archeological Museum displays in its 27 rooms prehistoric, Phoenician, Greek and Roman antiquities, including a magnificent statue of Diana, gold jewelry and finds from Itálica.
The main floor displays archeological items from sites across the province of Seville.
Address: Plaza de America, E-41013 Seville, Spain

On the Banks of the Guadalquivir

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The banks of the Guadalquivir to the south west of the old town of Seville hold several attractions of note.

Paseo de Cristóbal Colón

On the southwest side of Seville's old town, along the left bank of the Guadalquivir, here canalized (Canal de Alfonso XIII), is the Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, beginning at the Puente de Isabel II. On this stretch of the river, extending south along the Avenida de las Delicias, are the port installations.

Plaza de Toros

Bullring in Seville.
Not far from the Paseo de Cristóbal Colón in Seville is the Plaza de Toros, with seating for 14,000 spectators, the largest and one of the most important bullrings in Spain. There is also a bullfighting museum.

La Maestranza

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Along the left bank of the Guadalquivir in Seville stands the La Maestranza cultural center which was built for the World Exhibition.

Hospital de la Caridad

On the east side of a square half way along Seville's Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, between the Puente de Isabel II and the Puente San Telmo, stands the Hospital de la Caridad (1661-64), founded by Miguel de Mañara, who is supposed to have been the prototype of Don Juan. The church, entered from a pillared courtyard, has five azulejo pictures on the facade and contains pictures by Valdés Leal (just inside the entrance) and six paintings by Murillo in the aisles.
Address: Calle Temprado 3, Spain

Maritime Museum

Torre del Oro in Seville, which houses the Maritime Museum.
Just beyond the Hospital de Caridad, on the banks of the river, rises the hexagonal Torre del Oro (1220, with additions in 1760), originally a Moorish defensive tower clad with gold azulejos and later, in the reign of Pedro the Cruel, used as a treasury and a prison. It now houses the Maritime Museum of Seville.
Address: Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, Spain

Palacio de San Telmo

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In the Avenida de las Delicias in Seville, beyond the Puente San Telmo, is the Palacio de San Telmo, built in 1743 as a naval college and now a seminary for the training of priests (Universidad Pontificia), with a handsome Baroque doorway.
Address: Avenida de Roma, Spain

Tobacco Factory

To the east of the Palacio de San Telmo in Seville, on Calle de San Fernando, is the former Fábrica de Tabacos, a Baroque building (1757) which is now occupied by University lecture rooms.

Barrio de Triana

On the right bank of the Guadalquivir lies the Barrio de Triana, a working-class district which has been from time immemorial the potters' quarter of Seville, producing the best azulejos in the city. From here, near the Puente San Telmo, Magellan set out on his voyage round the world.

Santa Ana

On the left bank of the Guadalquivir river in Seville, near the Puente de Isabel II, stands the Mudéjar-style church of Santa Ana, built by Alfonso the Wise, which contains a "Virgen de la Rosa" by Alejo Fernández, a fine retablo and an interesting treasury.

Festivals

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April Fair

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The April Fair in Seville is a six-day secular festival, during which sevillanas are sung and danced in the streets.
The festival takes place beginning two weeks after Semana Santa and presents a good opportunity to see locals dressed in traditional costume.

Romería del Rocio

The Romería del Rocio, in Whit week, is one of the most celebrated pilgrimages in Spain, in which groups of pilgrims from Seville, Huelva, Cádiz, Jerez and other towns travel on horseback, on mules or in ox-carts to Almonte in Huelva province to pay honor to Nuestra Señora del Rocio in her azulejo-clad church in the presence of the Archbishop of Seville.

Holy Week

The Semana Santa celebrations in Seville are one of the most impressive festivals in Spain. Particularly striking are the processions of the brotherhoods (cofradías, hermandades) from the different quarters of the town, clad in penitents' garb and carrying richly decked figures of saints (pasos), and the main procession in the night before Good Friday and on Good Friday morning. The ceremonies in the Cathedral during Holy Week are of particular splendor.

Surroundings

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Santiponce, Spain

Leave Seville on the Huelva road and after crossing the Guadalquivir turn right into N 630, which runs north to the village of Santiponce (8km/ 5mi), with the much dilapidated monastery of San Isidoro del Campo, founded by Guzmán el Bueno in 1298. The church has a very beautiful carved Gothic altar and contains the tombs of the founder and his wife.

Italica, Spain

A short distance beyond Santiponce a road goes off on the left to the Roman site of Itálica, a town founded about 205 B.C. by Scipio Africanus the Elder, later the birthplace of the Emperors Trajan and Hadrian.
The remains include an amphitheater with seating for 25,000 spectators and traces of houses and fountains. The fine mosaics which were found here are now mostly in the Archeological Museum in Seville; only a few remain in site.

Carmona, Spain

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From Seville N IV runs east, passing the airport and continuing through a fertile upland region to Carmona (alt. 215m/705ft), the Roman Carmo and Moorish Karmuna, 30km/19mi from Seville. This little country town, dominated by its Alcázar and still ringed by its Roman walls, lies on a bare ridge rising above the rich Vega de Corbones. On the right of the main road through the town is the church of San Pedro, with a tower resembling Seville's Giralda. Other features of interest are the church of Santa María (15th-16th century), with a high white interior; the Plaza Mayor, surrounded by handsome old houses; and a number of old noble mansions in the town's picturesque little streets.

Roman Cemetery

A signpost on the left on the N IV from Seville points the way to the nearby Roman cemetery in Carmona, where more than 900 tombs have been brought to light, some of them with forecourts and benches for the funeral meal. The most interesting are the three-room Triclinio del Elefante, which takes its name from a stone figure of an elephant, and the large Tumba de Servilia, a beehive-shaped family tomb.
Address: Avenida Jorge Bonsor 9, E-41410 Carmona, Spain

Osuna, Spain

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92km/57mi southeast of Seville on N 334 lies the historic old town of Osuna (alt. 450m/1,475ft), known to the Romans as Urso and to the Moors as Oxuna. Its main features of interest are the ruined palace of the Dukes of Osuna; the collegiate church (1534), with a "Christ on the Cross" by Ribera and the family vault of the Osuna family; and the four-towered former University (1549-1824; now occupied by a school), which is mentioned in "Don Quixote".

Airport

The San Pablo Airport is located 10km north east of the Seville city center. It services both national and international flights.

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