Join us in Seville to experience the beating cultural heart of the Iberian nation
Seville is the capital of Andalusia, a historic region in Southern Spain. It’s famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. Major landmarks include the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giralda.
Just observing the heritage in the streets and in the province’s towns is enough to get an idea of the importance that Seville has had throughout the ages. Since the times of when the city of Italica was one of the main centres of production in the Roman province of Hispania Baetica to the Seville of the Golden Age, when it became the “Great Babylon of Spain” after the discovery of America, by way of the Muslim Isbilia, a small, independent taifa kingdom, this region has always enjoyed great prestige, thanks to a unique climate, a privileged environment and the singular personality of its people.
Time in your hands
Seville not only attracts travellers and tourists, but also entire cultures, which have settled this land throughout history. Seville and Andalusia have been loved by Phoenicians, Tartessians, Romans, Arabs, Christians … various stories have even located Atlantis a few kilometres away from Seville.
In every corner of the centre of Seville, you will breathe history, and there are many corners that will give you feeling that you are walking together with the past residents of the old town of Seville, which is one of the oldest in the world, and the oldest in Spain.
Hispalis, Ishbiliya, Seville…
In the middle of this journey through time, look up at the Giralda and think about the historical periods that this tower has dominated for almost a millennium … a mixture of styles, cultures and civilisations that enrich us: the highest tower in the world at the time of its construction and one of the most successful “fusion” architecture constructions in history.
A walk through history
When you come to Seville you will also be making a journey through history, here are a few tips for you to try out:
- On a slope just west of Seville was the impressive Tartessos treasure of Carambolo
- 5 minutes from Seville is Italica, the first Roman city that was founded outside the cradle of the Empire
- The most erudite exponent of Visigothic Hispania was born in Seville: San Isidoro, precursor of the modern encyclopaedia thanks to his ‘Etymologies’
- Numerous churches of the city were mosques in the Arab period, conserving wonderful elements of that style, such as the cathedral: visit the Patio de los Naranjos, the authentic sahn of the main mosque
- Did you know that Seville experienced its own unique game of thrones among the children of the Christian king Fernando III? In the Tower of Don Fadrique you will feel like you’re at the heart of those struggles
For more information, please visit: https://www.visitasevilla.es/