Sights in Seville

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Town Hall in Sevilla

Town Hall in Sevilla

Z. Dimi

During your Seville trip, monuments and museums should always be a part of your programme. Strolling around the town, with its narrow streets and squares, its gorgeous gardens, and just taking part in the hustle and bustle will also very much be a part of the pleasure you take out of your Seville vacation. The historical centre of political, religious and economic power has traditionally been concentrated in a very reduced area through the passing of centuries and civilizations. This makes visiting the must-sees particularly easy. Head for the Cathedral and you will find yourself at the centre of this area.

The huge Alcazar and its marvellous gardens was started by the Arabs and much transformed after the Reconquest by the Christian kings. A few steps away, the Cathedral which was built on the site of the former main mosque still retains its impressive minaret, the Giralda, today used as a bell tower, and its Moorish ablution court, the Patio de los Naranjos.

On the other side of the Plaza del Triunfo, the Archives of the Indies still house today the complete collection of all documents relative to the discovery and conquest of the New World. A few hundred metres away by the riverside, the Torre del Oro (Golden Tower), nearby there is also a (less known) Torre del Plata (Silver Tower), is another witness of Arab Sevilla, while nearby the Hospital de la Caridad (Charity Hospital), which is still an old gentlemen's home, has a splendid patio and a church with a magnificent collection of pictures by Valdes Leal and Murillo.

Do not leave this part of town without a visit to the famous Plaza de Toros, the bullring, certainly one of the most beautiful in Spain.

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Giralda

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Former minaret of the old Moorish mosque that became the tower of the cathedral and dominates Sevilla. Nearly a hundred metres high and great views from the top.

type:Parks, Gardens and Zoos
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address:Part of the Cathedral, Avenida de la Constitucion

Archivo General de Indias

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This magnificent building holds all documentation of the early explorers' travels to the New World, and is open for the public. Among their most valued possessions are original maps made by the explorers in the 15th and 16th century.

type:Palaces
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address:Avda.Constitución,
tel:+34 (954) 225 158

Reales Alcazares

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Arabian style palace built and rebuilt over several centuries. Fine collection of Moorish objects.

type:Palaces
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address:Agua, nearby Jardines de los Reales Alcazeres
open:Tue-Sat 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mon closed.

Hospital de los Venerables

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type:Museums
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address:Pz.Venerables, 8
tel:+34 (954) 562696

Archeological Museum

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The Museum of Archaeology (Museo Arqueologico Provincial) features everything from gold (21 pieces from the Tartesic culture from the 5th century B.C.) and jewelry dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries, as well as artifacts from Greek, Roman, Iberian, and medieval times. Visitors to the Museum of Archaeology will also find mosaics and other artwork such as marble sculptures.

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tel:+34 95 4786 474
address:Plaza de America
open:from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays.

Cathedral

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The third-largest cathedral in the world with its famous Giralda tower. Justin : The Giralda was built as a minaret, around the same time as the Koutoubia in Marrakesh and the Tour Hassan in Rabat (both in Morocco). All three are really great towers, but the Giralda is the only one you can climb. You are not allowed in the other two.

type:Cathedral & Churches
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address:Avenida de la Constitucion
open:Mon-Fri 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Plaza de España

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Plaza in the Mara Luis Park designed by Seville's modernist style architect, Hannibal Gonzalez.

type:Architecture
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address:Mara Luisa Park

Museum of Fine Arts

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Entrance is free for EU citizens so take your passport as proof.

The building is an old convent and quite pretty. However, if you like art, I think you will be very disappointed.  Apart from the fact that the paintings are nothing special, 99.9% of them are pictures of Christ and related themes.  If you don't like religious artworks, you will be bored as hell. Takes about and hour to view everything.

type:Museums
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tel:+34 (954) 221829
address:Pz.del Museo, 9
open:9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., closed Mondays and holidays.

Casa Pilatos

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Palace, originally owwned by the Marquis of Tarifa, with impressive mosaics and frescoes.

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address:Calle Aquilas
open:Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Antigua Estación de Córdoba

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This former train-station is a master piece of Sevillian archtecture.

type:Architecture
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address:Frederico Rubio 11

Puente de Triana

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The Bridge of Triana built by the French architects Steinacher and Bernadet.

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address:River Guadalvir, nearby Torro del Oro

Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza

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Sevilla’s bullring nearby the Guadalquivir river.

type:Bullring
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address:Adriono & Paseo de Cristobal Colon

Museum of Carriages

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address:c/ Cazalla de la Sierra
tel:+34 (954) 884

Palacio de la Audiencia Real

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address:Plaza de San Francisco

Cruzcampo brewery

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Oldest Spanish brewery since 1903. There is no museum, but in the morning at weekdays between 10:00 and 13:00 you can visit the Cruzcampo-shop

Heineken took over Cruzcampo in 2000. That year the brewery produced 1.045.300.000 litres of fine beer.

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openingHours:Weekdays 10:00-13:00
url:www.cruzcampo.es
address:Avenida de Andalucía

San Jose

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type:Cathedral & Churches
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address:Velazquez Tetuan 11
open:Daily 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Iglesia de Santa Cruz

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address:Federico Ribio plaza

City Hall (Ayuntamiento)

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Town Hall in Sevilla
Town Hall in Sevilla
photo by: Z. Dimi

City Hall (Ayuntamiento) is located in the heart of the commercial center and it is an excellent example of Diego de Riano’s work. This original Diego de Riano is free to explore, but visitors can also take advantage of a guided tour – also free.

type:Public Buildings
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address:Plaza Nueva
email:http://www.sevilla.org
tel:+34 95 4590 101

Giralda Cathedral Museum

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type:Museums
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tel:+34 (954) 214971
address:c/Catedral
open:Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Museum of Sacred Art

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type:Museums
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address:c/Iglesia Colegial
tel:+34 (954) 810444
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