Discover Seville (Spain)
Visit Seville Cathedral and the bell tower
The most important church in Seville. Dominating the Cathedral Square, Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic church in the world and the third largest church in Europe, after St. Peter (the Vatican) and São Paulo (London).
Built on the ruins of a mosque, this 15TH-century church houses artistic features and imperishable historical artifacts.
His greatest glory is the great retarpiece-the greatest ever made-that portrays the life of Jesus of Nazareth, from birth to crucifixion.
Behind it is the choir with its immense tube organ. (It’s worth watching at 10 A.M., from Sunday to Friday, just to hear it play.)
Also notable are the magnificent tomb of Christopher Columbus, works of Zurbarán and Murillo, a chapel that houses the Virgen de la Antigua. -A delicate fresco of the 13TH century, the pennant of Ferdinand III (brought by the Crusaders as they expelled the moors of Seville in 1248), priceless jewellery pieces and intricate silver works.
Explore the Royal Alcázar
The beautiful royal Palace of Seville and the oldest palace in Europe still in use.
The house of the Moorish rulers in the 10th century, this huge palace and garden complex is an impressive blend of Islamic and Christian elements, and one of Seville’s biggest highlights.
From the entrance, pass through the hunting patio to admire the Islamic rendiment at the entrance of the palace of King Peter I and then turn right at the Hall of the admiral, where Columbus would inform Queen Isabel about her discoveries in the new world.
Inside the Royal Palace, highlights include the beautiful courtyard of the maidens, the stunning Moorish dome in the Hall of Ambassadors (the King’s Throne Room), and the Mudejar arches and the pool of the courtyard of the dolls.
Pass through the banquet hall and the tapestries hall, and do not miss the underground pool beneath the palace before exploring the vast gardens of the palace.
The best places to experience traditional and gourmet tapas.
With the exception of San Sebastian in the Basque Country, no other part of Spain is as dedicated to tapas as Andalusia.
Seville has a tremendous variety of tapas bars, from traditional breweries with traditional dishes to fusion and the gourmet tapas bars that have emerged in recent years.
Few places are as traditional as El Rinconcillo, which dates back to 1670 and serves homemade dishes such as salmorejo (thick and tasty gaspacho), 7 types of tortilla (potato omelette) and steamed seafood.
La Brunilda Tapas serves a good variety of traditional tapas, as well as some creative options, such as cod muffins with pear alioli.
The old school Vineria San Telmofaz A particularly good fried octopus, while La Pepona is a modern tapas bar with a constantly changing menu, many wines a cup, and an excellent view over the classic prawns al ajillo (garlic shrimp).
The 19TH century Casa Ricardo offers signs to share; There is no menu, but there are typical Andalusian dishes such as the Whiskey Solomillo al (pork loin with whiskey sauce).
Bodeguita Romero has been run by the same family for generations and its specialties include the smoked sardine montadito (open sandwich) with green mojo (green spicy sauce) and the Pringa sandwich (slow meat stew and chorizo).
Visit the Museo de Bellas Artes
Excellent Museum of Fine Arts. This museum of 20 rooms, beautifully housed in a former convent, has mainly Spanish art from the medieval period until the beginning of the TWENTIETH century.
Although there are some works by artists such as Goya, Velázquez and El Greco, the permanent collection is particularly strong in Spanish masters of the 17th century-the golden age of the Sevillian painting: Murillo, Zurbarán and Valdés Leal.
The highlights include the paintings of the Immaculate Conception of Murillo (her Virgin Mary radiates warmth and innocence, contrary to the courageous realism of her contemporaries) and the apotheosis of Saint Thomas Aquinas, which is believed to be the crucial work of Zurbarán-both Found in Room 5. The paintings of Juan de Valdés Leal, with his dramatic, thoughtful ascension of the Virgin and the Whip of St. Jerome, being prominent pieces.
Other works to be observed include the martyrdom of Saint André, of Juan de las Roelas and Our Lady of Sorrows, by Murillo. The 12-20 Rooms show Spanish contributions to Impressionism, romanticism and other European trends of the EIGHTEENTH century.