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Any visit to Seville should begin with the UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes the Alcazar, Seville Cathedral, and the Archivo de Indias. The Cathedral, one of the three largest in the world, is home to a unique tower which is ascended by ramp instead of stairs — on reconquering the city from the Moors, King Fernando III rode his horse to the top to overlook his conquest. A good part of a day could be spent exploring the lavish cathedral, with 120-foot gilded altar and five naves. Begun in 712, the Alcazar was not completed until the early 14th century. Nevertheless, it was finished in the Mudejar style, a Moorish revival architectural ...

Any visit to Seville should begin with the UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes the Alcazar, Seville Cathedral, and the Archivo de Indias. The Cathedral, one of the three largest in the world, is home to a unique tower which is ascended by ramp instead of stairs — on reconquering the city from the Moors, King Fernando III rode his horse to the top to overlook his conquest. A good part of a day could be spent exploring the lavish cathedral, with 120-foot gilded altar and five naves. Begun in 712, the Alcazar was not completed until the early 14th century. Nevertheless, it was finished in the Mudejar style, a Moorish revival architectural style; the Alcazar is one of the best European examples of this. The Archivo de Indias, an architectural masterpiece in itself, contains vast collections of diaries and other records of the great age of Spanish exploration. For those who enjoy pedestrian adventures, Calle Sierpes winds in serpent-like fashion past interesting small shops towards Santa Cruz, the historic former Jewish neighborhood, with picturesque balconies overflowing with flowers.

Lura Seavey
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Lura Seavey is the author of Fun with the Family in Vermont and New Hampshire and she has contributed to several Thomas Cook guidebooks, including Drive Around Catalonia, Travellers Mallorca, and Travellers Barcelona.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: It is the capital of Andalusia and of the province of Sevilla in southern Spain. It is situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir.
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Seville is beautiful year-round, but late spring and early autumn are ideal.