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Seville Travel Guide - Sights to See
Seville, the capital of Andalusia is considered by most as the most charming of all Spanish cities. Don Juan and Carmen have given Seville a reputation for romance. Indeed, all the words used to conjure up an image of Andalusa - orange trees, mantillas, lovesick toreadors, flower-filled patios, castanet-rattling gypsies, reach their fruition in Seville. But aside from that, Seville is a rather substantial river port, and contains some of the most important artistic works and architectural monuments in all of Spain.

When Spain entered its Golden Age in the 16th century, Seville was the city that funneled gold from the Mew World into Spain. Columbus docked here after his journey to America. Today, getting around Seville takes getting used to. Nearly all the streets run one way toward the Rio Guadalquivir. Caution: In Seville, beware of pickpockets. Remember that shoulder bags go across the chest {and camera bags), and wallets in front pocket.

The Cathedral: This huge Gothic building, at the Plaza V. de los Reyes, ranks with St. Paul's in London and St. Peter's in Rome in size. Work began on it in the late 1400's and it took centuries to complete. Built on the site of an ancient mosque, the cathedral claims that it contains the remains of Columbus - his tomb mounted on four sculptured men. In addition, the cathedral abounds in artistic works, many of them architectural, such as the stained-glass windows, the iron screens closing off the chapels, the 15th century choir stalls of gilt and velvet, and the Gothic reredos above the main altar - a beautiful carving begun in the 15th century. In the treasury you'll find works by Goya, Murillo, and Zurbaran. Also, there's a touch of the macabre - a display of skulls. {10:30-1:30, 4:30-6:30).

La Giralda Tower: This Moorish tower, at Plaza del Triunfo, is the city's most famous monument. Erected as a minaret in the 12th century, it has seen later additions, such as 16th century bells. Just as Big Ben Tower symbolizes London, La Giralda conjures up Seville. It is that important a landmark. To climb it is to take one of the walks of a lifetime. There are no steps - you ascend a ramp that seems endless. Should you make it to the top, the view is dazzling. The city is literally spread out at your feet. (10:30-1:30, 4:30-6:50.

The Alcazar: This is a magnificent Mudejar Palace, at Plaza del Triunfo, built in the 14th century by Pedro the Cruel. From the Dolls Court to the Maidens Court through the Ambassadors Room, it contains some of the finest work of Sevillian craftsmen. Isabella and Ferdinand, who used to live here, also influenced its architectural evolution, as did Carlos V. On the top floor, the Oratory of the Catholic monarchs has a fine altar in tile. The Mudajar style, as exemplified by the facade was developed by Muslims working in Christian Spain following the final ousting of the Moors from Granada. Thus inspiration of the style is both Gothic and Muslim. This lavish palace in Seville is considered by some to be worthy of comparison with the Alhambra at Granada.

Hospital de la Santa Caridad: This 17th century hospital is intricately linked to the legend of Miguel Manara. Various French writers, such as Dumas and Prosper Merimee have portrayed him as a scandalous Don Juan. It has been suggested that he built this institution to atone for his sins. However, this has proved false. Manara had a "brave and chivalrous youth" but the death of his young and beautiful wife in 1661 caused such grief that he retired from society and entered a monastery. There he spent the rest of his life, burying corpses of the sick and diseased as well as condemned and executed criminals. Today the members of the brotherhood of this monastery, as did their founder, look after the poor, old, and invalids who have no one else to help them. Nuns show tourists through the courtyard, which is festive in colors of orange and sienna, and of different architectural styles. The Baroque chapel contains works by Murillo. As you leave the chapel, look over the exit door. Here you'll find one of the most macabre pictures - that of an archbishop being devoured by maggots. (10-1, 3:15-7).

Tower of Gold: This 12-sided tower overlooks the Guadalquivir River on the Paseo Colon. Its lower base was built in the 13th century. Originally it was covered with gold tiles, but some one long ago made off with them. Recently restored, the tower has been turned into a maritime museum. (10-1. Closed Monday).

Santa Cruz: This area was once the ghetto of Spanish Jewry but is now a rather classy quarter of Old Seville. The streets are no bigger than alleyways, but you'll find flower-filled balconies with draping bougainvillea shading you from the sun. The artist Murillo, used to live in this district. One can enter here from several streets, but the main one is northeast of the Alcazar. Its whitewashed houses are within easy walking distance of almost all hotels. Very interesting!

Park of Maria Luisa: This park was once the private grounds of a palace. In 1929 Seville was host to the Spanish-American Exhibition, and many pavilions from the countries in the western hemisphere were erected here. The principal pavilion is located at Plaza de Espana - a crescent-shaped building, accompanied by an arch shaped lagoon with five arched and tiled bridges leading to it. It's a fantastic place. Beautiful tile work everywhere.

The Archeological Museum: Located in the park of Plaza de America, this museum contains many artifacts from prehistoric times and the days of the Romans and the Moors. (Daily, except Monday 10-2)

The Famous "Tobacco Factory": Did you ever wonder what happened to Carmen's tobacco factory - known as the Real Fabrica de Tabacos. Walk up Calle San Fernando and you'll find the factory, but now it's a college.

Flamenco: When the moon is high in Seville, and the scent of orange blossoms are in the air, it's time to walk through the alleyways of Santa Cruz in search and sound of castanets. Seville is generally accepted as "the place" to see Flamenco.

Casa de Pilatos: This 16th century palace of the Dukes of Medinacell located at I Plaza de Pilatos is open to the public. It combines the styles of Gothic and Mudejar in its courtyards, fountains and salons. According to tradition, this house was supposed to be a reproduction of Pilate's House in Jerusalem. Don't miss the two old carriages, or the rooms filled with Greek and Roman statues. (Daily 10-1, 3-6).

Museo de Bellas Artes: Located at 9 Plaza de Museo, this museum houses one of the most important art collections in Spain. A whole gallery is devoted to one painting by E1Greco of his son. Seville-born Murillo and his rather "sweet" religious paintings are the highlights. Works by Zurbaran are also exhibited. (Daily, except Monday 10-1).
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