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Seville: The Essential Sights

Aug 17, 2007
Seville is the intoxicating capital of southern Spain, a place of rich historic and cultural heritage, where contrasting Roman, Moorish and Christian influences combine to create a unique, unforgettable experience for the curious visitor. If you are planning a holiday or weekend break in the city, be sure to seek out some of the sights below.

Barrio Santa Cruz

Whitewashed buildings. Orange trees along the plazas. Windy cobbled streets. This picturesque part of town is understandably a favourite with tourists, in that it encapsulates all that is most romantic and beautiful about the city. Stroll through the gardens, explore the hidden and labyrinthine alleys, take tapas in one of the many cafes and watch an unhurried world pass gently by.

If you have only ever visited Seville in your imagination then the Barrio Santa Cruz is probably what you had in mind

Seville Cathedral

Built on the site of a great 12th century mosque, the Cathedral is the largest Roman Catholic church in the world, so prepare to be staggered by its sheer size and opulence. It is also notable for its altarpiece - a masterpiece of Gothic carving fashioned from mind-boggling quantities of gold.

The cathedral also houses a famous tomb - and one that undoubtedly deserves a visit - that of certain Christopher Columbus. And if you want to enjoy some fantastic view of the Seville, make the effort to climb to the top of the Giralda - the cathedral's magnificent minaret - the most visible, and many would say, the most memorable landmark in the entire city

Alcazar

The Alcazar of Seville was built under Christian rule and yet the Moorish influences are so plainly evident that in may ways it is reminiscent of the Alhambra in Granada. The vast halls and courtyards are a joy to pass through, as are the gardens, whose blend of horticultural styles mirrors that of Seville's varied architecture.

Casa de Pilatos

So named because it is said to resemble the home of Pontius Pilate, the combination of Moorish style courtyard, Gothic balustrades and Roman statues gives this house a charm and ambience that is pure Seville.

Museo de Bellas Artes

A real treat for art lovers, this recently renovated museum houses an outstanding collection of works from the likes of Velasquez, El Greco, Murillo and Torregiano.

Remember, Seville is the one of the last places on earth you'll find people in a rush. And you should be no exception! Don't feel you have to see everything at once - especially when the temperatures are fierce. So when the sun beats down don't be afraid to toss the itinerary away and indulge in one of those delicious siestas Andalucian style. Adjusting your pace to that of the laid back Sevillanos is in itself an essential part of the experience when visiting this endlessly fascinating, charming city
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Matt Davies is the co-founder of a website specialising in the short term rental of Seville Apartments to tourists. He also runs an online gift store in Spain: Regalos
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