Seville has abundance of museums and other historical and cultural tourist attractions make it more than worth a visit. Seville is one of Spain’s most beautiful old city with such a rich history. Wherever we go, it will find a lot of monuments, buildings, and magnificent old church. Architectural relic of the Middle Ages maintained complete with narrow and winding streets.
Seville is the capital of Andalucia and the cultural and financial center of southern Spain. Sevilla is the fourth largest city in Spain. Located in the Sierra Morena mountains and large Betis river or Guadalquivir (taken from Arabic, el Guad Kevir) making Sevilla as a very strategic city in Spain. This city was built by the Roman architecture by the Romans who conquer Seville in the year 500, and the Arab architecture that took the city than Rome in the year 712. Arabs, ruled Sevilla than 712 to 1248 years or more than 5 centuries. Not surprisingly, this city is one than most beautiful cities in the world due to the blend.
Here are top tourist attractions in Seville:
1. The Cathedral of Seville
The Cathedral of Seville, with a length of 127m, a width of 83m and a height of 43m, is one of the largest church buildings in Gothic style. In the cathedral, there is the tomb of Columbus. The interior is stunning with gilt covering naves (it has five), chapels, altars and numerous works of art. Fabulous art can be found in the Sacristy and other sections of the Cathedral. Built on the site of former mosque, the Seville Cathedral dates from the 15th century. It is noted for its enormous size and it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. La Giralda
To the east of the Cathedral, there is the rest of the mosque which is still maintained, namely a minaret (small tower) called La Giralda. The building has a height of over 90 meters, still standing strong, and can even be climbed. The tower was built of brick on the orders of Caliph Almohad named Yacub Yusuf al-Mansur between the years 1184-1198. At the top of the minaret are propellers mounted on the 16th century, when the Christians are very actively change the impression of the mosque into a church. Until now, La Giralda along with the rotors used as a symbol of the city of Seville.
3. The Alcazar
Alcazar is the palace of Arab king who ruled Sevilla from the 13th century until the 16th century. Can be seen here, the beauty of wood sculptures by artists brought from Syria, to calligraphy on stone marble and granite are very spectacular. Many patio in the middle of the building, combined with fountains complement the beauty of the palace. This building can be said to be a small version of the Al Hambra in Granada.
4. Torre del Oro (Gold Tower)
Torre del Oro (Gold Tower), which is on a fortress tower that connects the dock Alcazares and strategic location. Torre del Oro name derived from the existence of the floor was once made of gold. The tower was built by Governor Abul-Ula in the year 1220-1221 and is one of the last buildings from Almohad dynasty. This building was originally a guard tower and a fortress on the banks of the river. But this time the building was used as the Maritime museum. Together with the Giralda, the tower is also a landmark of Seville.
5. Plaza de España
Plaza de España is an impressive public spaces in Seville. Plaza de España is a semi-circular brick building, Renaissance/neo-Moorish in style, with a tower at either end (tall enough to be visible around the city. In front of the building there is a Venice-style canals that can be passed by the boat. You can rent small boats to row in the canal.
6. Parque de Maria Luisa
Parque de Maria Luisa. This is an area of 400,000 m2 with the main green area and the famous park of Seville. While waiting for sunset, this beautiful park is very convenient to relieve fatigue. Sitting in the centre of the city is a huge expanse of parkland planted with a wide variety of trees from all over the world. You can rent bicycles and even take a horse-drawn carriage ride. It’s named after Princess María Luisa who donated some of the land and plants from her palace gardens to start the public park.
7. Casa de Pilatos
Casa de Pilatos is one of Sevilla’s most often visited tourist attractions. This 16th century mansion contains royal carriages, Greek and Roman statues and paintings by Goya. The home is filled with antique furniture and decorated with vases that would be notable even in the finest museums. Equally stunning are the views of Sevilla from the patios. Standing amid architecture that is an interesting mixture of Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance influences, Casa de Pilatos reflects the blend that is Sevilla itself. Stroll around the gardens briefly with the scent of oranges and you’ll never want to leave.
8. Archivo General de Indias
The Archivo General de Indias is nice to visit. This is an archive with 8 km of shelves and approximately 80 million pages. Here you relive the adventures of explorers Columbus and Cortes through a variety of documents that provide a good insight into the history and discovery of America. Archivo General de Indias is the place where thousands of historical documents related to the Spanish Colonies in America and Asia are kept. It is considered a Cultural Heritage of Humanity and a paradise for historians.
9. Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza
This is a large bullfighting arena. The historic building in baroque style is one of the finest arenas in Spain. The arena has 15,000 seats and also includes a museum. Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza
is one of the most important bullrings in the world. Bullfighting critics claim a matador has not really made the grade until he has triumphed here. All the great bullfighters like Belmonte, Manolete, Paquirri, Curro Romero and Espartaco have delighted crowds attending special events during the April Feria and on Easter Sunday.
10. Museo de Bellas Artes
Considered by some as the second most important fine arts museum in Spain after the Prado in Madrid. The museum building is a former mercy convent renewed in the 17th century and the fifteen exhibition rooms show a comprehensive picture of Sevillian art from the Gothic period to the early trends of the 20th century.