Tourist Detonation: Beautiful Seville
Seville is the largest city and capital of Andalusia. It lies in the plain of the River Guadalquivir. Spanish poets, like Federico Garcia Lorca, found inspiration in this beautiful city.
The city is divided into the Old Town, and the metropolitan area. Needless to say, all its architectural wonders can be found in Old Town.
Seville was founded by the Romans, under the name of Hispalis. Its mythological founder was Hercules. Important, Roman archeological sites can be found in Santiponce aka Itakica and Carmona.
Some sites include parts of a roman aqueduct, a temple in Marmoles Street, La Alameda de Hercules, and an underground anticuarium discovered in the Metropol Parasol and the city walls were built by Julius Caesar.
In 712, it got conquered by the Moors. Many of the Catholic churches in Seville got converted to mosques. The arabesque, medieval architecture stands as prime example of Muslim architecture.
Perfect examples that survive the test of time are Patio del Yeso in Alcazar, the city walls, the main section of Giralda and the bell tower of the Seville Cathedral.
Their influences are still present in modern urban architecture. Modern architects still use the same decorative herbage, small fountains in the courtyards and flowing letters.
After America was discovered, Seville became one of the economic centers of the Spanish Empire. Its ports had a monopoly of trans-Atlantic trade, during the Golden Age. Ferdinand Magallan left from the port of Seville in his quest to circumnavigate the globe.
Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote de la Mancha, also lived in Seville from 1596 to 1600.
More recently, Seville was had to experience the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. They also hosted the Ibero- American Exposition of 1929 and the Seville Expo of 92.
The motto of Seville is a bit whimsical in the sense that it means: You have not abandoned me. This motto was given by the King Alfonso X. While the rest of Spain rioted, Seville stayed true and loyal.
The city became isolated during the rule of the dictator, Francisco Franco. Seville became relevant again, after the Dictator died. After the 1970s, Seville made plenty of modern architecture. It grew as a metropolitan city during the 70s and 80s.
Tourist must know the climate in Seville. The summers are warm and dry. The winters are wet and cold. Seville has the second hottest summers in all of Europe.
Temperatures go as high as 104 degrees. Winters tend to be relatively cool, with temperatures as low as 41 degrees. The hottest months is August, the coldest one is January.
Like any European city, Seville has a lot of historical landmarks. Most of them are churches. The best places to look at are St. Mary’s Cathedral, Alcazar a Moorish palace, Torre del Oro a watchtower, The Royal Tabaco Factory, the Metropol Parasol and La Macarena neighborhood.
Aside from these locations, Sevilla has many wonderful parks and gardens and few interesting Museums.
Holiday wise, tourists must remember that Seville is a catholic city. They celebrate with all the pomp and splendor all the catholic holidays.
Being part gypsy, they also have La Feria de Sevilla or the Seville Fair. During the fairs, all businesses spend their time dancing and singing traditional gypsy music. The flamenco music and dance is the centerpiece.
The fair is permanently grounded in the District of Los Remedies. Each street in that district is named after a famous bullfighter.
Sevilla also has a bullfighting season. The season starts on April 20 and it ends in October 12. If tourists have morbid curiosity about this event, they should come and have a peek.
Beside those days, there are special catholic related bullfighting events like the San Miguel Bullfights, Corpus Christi, and one in Easter Sunday.