This romantic part of town,...
This romantic part of town, formerly the district of Moors and Jews, is located right in the historical center of Seville. You may have a walk through the narrow shady lanes, inbetween beautiful buildings with courtyards plenty of flowers, and visit some of the town's major monuments:
The impressive cathedral with its tower, Giralda , Seville's landmark. The king's palace Alcazar in its typical Moorish style, surrounded by high walls. The Archivo de Indias , a Renaissance building which serves as an archive of all the documents related with the discovery of America. The Archiepiscopal Palais. All those buildings are located at one single large square.
The World Exposition EXPO'92 has brought many changes to Seville. No fewer than 70 kilometers of new streets were built, a new train station, Santa Justa, and the high-speed train AVE connects Seville with Madrid in less than 3 hours.
Also Guadalquivir river, which had been detoured around the city for centuries, was now brought back into its original river-bed. Some impressive new bridges, which are among the city's most important monuments of this century, have been constructed:
Puente del V Centenario, Pasarela de la Cartuja, Puente de las Delicias, Puente de Chapina, Puente de la Barqueta, and Puente del Alamillo.
Other buildings which were made for the EXPO '92 are the Maestranza Theater, face to face to the bullring, the Cartuja Auditorium and the Congress Palace with its huge golden cupola. The old train station of modernist style, Antigua Estación de Cordoba, was restored and serves today as an exhibition hall.
The 'Cartuja Island' was the exhibition ground of the EXPO, today you find here large gardens and an artificial lake. Many of the pavilions are still in use, and there are numerous performances here, such as concerts, theaters, etc.
The most interesting historical building at the territory is certainly the Cartuja Monastery. Christopher Columbus was buried here. Lateron it was the seat of an important producer of traditional ceramics, while today, after having been restored, it serves as a museum