One destination that truly surprised me during my travels is undoubtedly the Andalucian city of Sevilla. With its charming squares, picturesque neighbourhoods and impressive historic architecture, Sevilla, or Seville, is one of those cities that will sweep you off your feet within moments. I strolled around in a constant state of awe, and when I parked myself at one of the many tapas bars to feast on delicious tapas and vino (and people-watching), I was instantly drawn by the city’s magnetic vibe. I’d heard a lot about Sevilla’s beauty but seeing it for real just blew me away!
Sevilla was founded as the Roman city of Hispalis in the 8th century A.D. on the banks of the Guadalquivir river. The city was later ruled by the Moors for more than 800 years, signs of which are more than evident till today. The city became an important trading centre after the discovery of the Americas (Christopher Columbus left for his maiden voyage to the Americas in 1492 from a nearby port whilst Ferdinand Magellan began his voyage to circumnavigate the globe from Sevilla in 1519), ushering in Sevilla’s Golden Age, a period of immense wealth and the city blossomed as a cultural centre. During this period under the Castilians, the city developed rapidly. Many magnificent buildings were constructed, much of it in the Mudéjar (a blend of Moorish/Arabian and Gothic influences) and Gothic styles, such as the Seville Cathedral and the Real Alcázar (Alcázar Palace). More architectural wonders, such as the impressive Plaza de España, were constructed in the 1920’s when the city hosted the Ibero-American Exposition.
The historic architecture of Sevilla
These days, the architecture of Sevilla is a string of historic gems, with styles ranging from Gothic to Baroque, Renaissance and Mudejár. I spent three days (which by the way is way too short to truly appreciate this city) strolling around and admiring the many historic monuments. Here’s what I found:
Enjoy a skip-the-line guided tour of the Sevilla Cathedral and Giralda Tower.
Iglesia Del Salvador
Iglesia de San Ildefonso
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Teatro Lope de Vega
Hotel Alfonso XIII
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Plaza de España
…and something more contemporary: Las Setas
These are just a few of the many architectural gems in Sevilla. I spent three days there and wished I could’ve stayed longer to discover more of the architecture of Sevilla. I’ll be returning soon for sure!
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