Torre del Oro
Torre del Oro is a landmark of Seville that will amaze you not only with its majesty, but also with its fascinating history. Torre del Oro was built to protect the harbor in Seville. Despite the fact that the tower looks like a fortress, it is elegant and unusual. Torre del Oro is a Moorish tower with a height of 37 meters. However, the tower was not always like that. Initially, Torre del Oro was a two-tier, and only in the 18th century the third one was added. Separate details of the tower are covered with gold, from which comes the name “Torre del Oro”, which literally translates as “the Tower of Gold”.
You might have seen Torre del Oro, even if you have never been to Seville. If you watched the movie “The Limits of Control”, then you really had such an opportunity. However, we assure you that nothing beats the emotions you get, when you see Torre del Oro live!
Baños de María Padilla – Alcazar
Baños de María Padilla are the coldest place in the palace of King Alfonso X and a perfect one for the summer period in hot Spain. Baños de María Padilla are the rainwater tanks named after María de Padilla, the mistress of Pedro the Cruel. She is considered a symbol of purity in the culture of Seville.
Baños de María Padilla were created in the Almohad era in Spain (in the 12th or 13th century). According to the legend, Pedro the Cruel loved María so much and lost his temper. That’s why he killed María’s husband. Protesting, María poured boiling oil over her face to disfigure herself in Alcazar. Only here, in Seville, you will have a chance to find out about María’s fate.
Plaza de España
Plaza de España in Seville is one of the most important squares in the city and the main attraction for tourists that enjoys great historical and architectural importance. It was built from 1914 to 1928 and inaugurated in 1929 on the occasion of the Ibero-American Expo. It represents Andalusian architecture and was built with ceramics and bricks, typical of the region. Together with the Giralda and the Cathedral, it is one of the things to see in Seville.
Plaza de España has a shape similar to a “U” with a total diameter of 170 meters. Furthermore, it has a total size of 500 thousand square meters. The square is surrounded by two towers and a fountain in the center. The structure has a very high construction cost, so it was among the most expensive sights to build in the city.
Seville’s Plaza de España is a popular destination for tourists and Sevillians. Over the years, the square has been used as the scene for films, including Star Wars.
Setas de Sevilla
Setas de Sevilla, or Metropol Parasol, is a real futuristic masterpiece of Spain. This construction is made of wood and concrete and considered to be the largest futuristic building in the world, as well as one of the most original buildings of modern Spanish architecture.
Setas de Sevilla consists of six huge “umbrellas” or “mushrooms”, whose height is 26 meters. Visitors can take the elevator straight to the roof of Setas de Sevilla and enjoy the breathtaking view of the ancient architecture and beautiful streets. Local people assure, that it is the best place for taking stunning photos.
In Setas de Sevilla you can find many restaurants, cafes, shops, a farmers’ market, as well as various exhibitions, fairs and entertainment events that often take place there. One of the highlights of Setas de Sevilla is the Antiquarium.
It is an archaeological museum, where you can find ancient monuments and historical information about Seville; as well as unique mosaics and murals of Ancient Rome.
La Giralda is one of the most famous symbols of Seville, so you cannot help but visit it. It is the bell tower of the Cathedral. In due time, it was the tallest tower (97.5 meters) and one of the most famous buildings in the city and Andalusia. With its size, la Giralda exceeds in height the famous Tower of Pisa and the mythical Big Ben of London.
The tower owes its name to the bronze sculpture made in the upper part, known as the “Giraldillo”, which acts as a weather vane.
La Giralda is constituted by two perfectly united “bodies”, showing a fine example of the melting pot of cultures present in Seville. The Muslim part of the complex is the oldest one, dating back to 1184, when Abu Yaqub Yusuf ordered the Seville mosque minaret to be built. An interesting fact is that la Giralda has no stairs and is 35 steps wide, letting the sultan ride on his steed and admire the beautiful panorama.
The Giralda bell tower boasts a total of 24 bells, the most important of which is Santa María la Mayor..
Catedral de Sevilla
Catedral de Sevilla is a Catholic cathedral that always attracts a large number of tourists. The reason for this popularity is the beauty and monumental size of the cathedral. Catedral de Sevilla is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe, and is second only to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and St. Peter’s Basilica.
When you see Catedral de Sevilla, you plunge into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. The central nave of the construction is 42 meters, the main chapel is 56 meters, and the total area of the cathedral is 11,520 square meters.
However, the exterior of the cathedral is not the only thing that will impress you. In Catedral de Sevilla, you can find the cross, which, according to legend, is made of the same gold that Columbus brought from America; a mysterious burial, where either Columbus or his son is laid to rest; and many priceless works of art.
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