Posts tagged ‘Andalusia’

Seville – Real Alcázar

The Alcázar of Seville (Spanish: Los Reales Alcázares) is among the most beautiful buildings I have seen so far. It is still the residence of the Spanish royal family when they visit Seville. Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site, next to the Cathedral and the Archive of the Indies, in 1987. Read more

Cathedral and La Giralda bell tower, Seville, Andalusia, Spain.

Seville – the Cathedral and La Giralda

When planning their cathedral, the rulers of Seville had clear ideas and, according to tradition, they  stated:

Let us make such a church that in the future they will consider us crazy.

In fact, with 115 m length and 76 m width, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See ( Spanish: Catedral de Santa María de la Sede) is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. In terms of size it is the third largest church on earth after St. Peter’s in the Vatican and St. Paul’s in London. In 1987 it was registered, together with the Real Alcazar and the General Archive of the Indies, by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Read more

Seville – Plaza de España

Plaza de España is an architectural complex located in the Parque Maria Luisa of Seville. It was the principal building of the Ibero-American Exposition that took place in Seville in 1929. The building is semicircular in shape and represents the embrace of Spain to its ancient colonies and looks towards the Guadalquivir river that symbolizes the road to follow to America. Read more

Seville – Sunset on the River

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From the historic center of Seville, going up the Guadalquivir river for a few hundred meters, you will meet two landmarks of modern Seville. Torre Sevilla (left), completed a couple of years ago, is the only skyscraper in Seville. The Torre Schindler panoramic tower, built for the Expo ’92 Universal Exposition, has a ship-shaped floor plan and stands in the river water.

 

Triana Bridge and Guadalquivir river at night in Seville.

Seville – Guadalquivir River

Seville owes its fortune to the river that runs through it, the Río Guadalquivir. The river is navigable from Seville to its mouth on the Atlantic Ocean. After the discovery of America, the river harbor of Seville was considered the safest port to bring the riches from the New World, beginning its Golden Age. Read more