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    Parque Maria Luisa

    by gwened Written Jan 16, 2015

    I knew had some photos from 2008 around there so here is the park of Maria Luisa. This is a must to visit while in the city center. It was done in 1914 with the full name of Parque Urbano Infanta María Luisa Fernanda.

    It was created from the private gardens of the Palacio(palace) de San Telmo,given to the city in 1893 by the infanta María Luisa Fernanda de Borbón, duchesse of Montpensier. Inside the park it was built the squares of Plaza de España(see tip), and Plaza de América while the Iberoamerican expo was done in 1929.

    some map location from the city page of Sevilla
    http://www.sevilla.org/ayuntamiento/areas/area-de-urbanismo-y-medio-ambiente/a-servicio-de-parques-y-jardines/b-parques-de-sevilla/parque-maria-luisa/view?searchterm=parque%20maria%20luisa

    It was created in a central axis style comprising the Gurugu mountain and the duck pond, which were the two most important elements already existing before . This axis were incorporated the fountain of the Lions and the Lotus pond, also added the avenues of Pizarro and Hernan Cortes, which run parallel to this axis and the other perpendicular, in order to facilitate the movement of carriages. The Park is so configured with a structure formed by a combination of autonomous character under gardens, organized around ponds, fountains, monuments and pavilions, which would allow further interventions of partial character, without altering the whole. In this way appeared Bowers who came to constitute spaces that share a public park and at the same time intimate field that reflects the courtyards of the Andalusian houses, using own and representative of regional history and local.

    Some of the areas to walk by that I like the most but not all of them are included here are
    Plaza de España
    Monumento a La Raza
    Fuente de los Toreros
    Glorieta Hermanos Machado
    in the Zona de Plaza de América
    Pabellón Real
    Glorieta de Cervantes
    Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares (Pabellón Mudéjar), this is a museum
    Museo Arqueológico,archeological museum
    Fuentes de las Palomas
    Glorieta del Reloj
    The Área between Avenue de Hernán Cortés and Av. de Pizarro
    Monumento a la Infanta María Luisa
    Isleta de los Pájaros
    Fuente de las Ranas
    Jardín de los Leones
    Monte Gurugú
    Between Glorietas and avenue de Pizarro and Av. de la Delicias
    Glorieta Azul
    Glorieta de la Concha
    Glorieta de Doña Sol
    By Avenida de Covadonga
    Glorieta de Covadonga
    Pabellón Domecq
    By Jardines de las Delicias (garden)
    Jardines de las Delicias de Arjona

    Wonderful place indeed. And all this done by Frenchmen Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier,who was the guardian/Conservationer of the bois de Boulogne in Paris

    Parque Maria Luisa pabellon mud��jar gardens in Parque Maria Luisa
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    Fun Organised Tours

    by lomi Updated Sep 14, 2014

    The city is not all historical masterpieces full of Islamic monuments, gardens and Flamenco festivals! I have a hour window for staring & trooping about even the most fascinating historic building and then my eyes start to close.

    See websites below for a full list of fun things to do that can be organised for you.

    City tour by bus: pay €15.50 pp for the tour and you get the following FREE when you purchase a ticket for City Sightseeing Seville: : Start point Paseo de Colon
    Free entry to Torre de los Perdigones
    Free visit to Pabellon de la Navegacion
    4 Free guided walking tours
    Free visit to exposure processional of Stmo. Cristo de las Tres Caidas
    Free entry to Iglesia del Divino Salvador
    Free visit to Castillos de San Jorge
    Free entry to the Semana Santa Museum
    See http://www.city-sightseeing.com/tours/spain/seville.htm

    More fun organised things to do:
    Boat trips
    Bicycles
    Cruise of river
    Childrens activities
    Cooking lessons (http://www.sevillecookingclass.com/#)
    Tapas & wine tasting
    Flamenco concert
    Historical tour
    Horse Drawn carriage
    Walking tour of city
    Day tours you can do from Sevilla (eg visit Jerez, Cadiz, Granada and Ronda)

    http://www.andalucia.com/cities/seville/gettingaround/tours.htm
    http://www.allsevillaguides.com/index.php
    http://www.frommers.com/destinations/seville/690774#sthash.BtQm9rfK.dpbs

    My Top tip to orientate yourself to the city is the hop on and off bus - There are four stops (Paseo Colon, Plaza de España, Glorieta Isla Magica (Isla Cartuja) and Monasterio la Cartuja) and the route takes 1 hour 15 minutes. The bus departs every 20 - 30 minutes from each stop. Tickets can be bought in shops and hotels around the city, valid for 24 hours from first use. 17 euros adults, 7 euros children (5-12 years).

    There's also a "Romantic Tour", which visits the little-known pavilions of the 1929 Expo in and around the Parque Maria Luisa.

    Bus tours
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    Metropol Parasol (Las Setas)

    by SallyM Updated Aug 30, 2014

    I saw a drawing of this structure on my tourist map of Seville, and decided to go and have a look. I was expecting a large sculpture in a square. What I found was massive structure that is a public space in its own right.

    It is a massive wooden structure, designed by the German architect Jurgen Mayer-Hermann, and completed in 2011. The design is in the form of six parasols, but it is known locally as 'Las Setas' as they look more like giant mushrooms.

    There are four levels. The basement is an archaeological museum, displaying the Roman and Moorish artefacts discovered on the site. The ground level is a market and shopping area. The first floor level is a public open space, and above this are viewing platforms. I didn't go up, but the view is supposed to be one of the best in Seville.

    It's probably a bit early to tell whether it will compete with the Eiffel Tower or the Atomium, but it's certainly ambitious.

    Metropol Parasol, Sevilla Metropol Parasol, Sevilla Metropol Parasol, Sevilla
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    Torre de Oro, Sevilla

    by gwened Written Jun 27, 2014

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    the tower of gold so name because in the empire days the gold brought from the Americas were stored here alongside the Guadalquivir river.

    More on it ; Its name comes from the fact that gold brought back from America in the 16C during the races in India would have been retained. The same legend would explain the name of the Tower of Silver. Another hypothesis, it would be due to the Golden appearance which characterized it originally. The work of restoration of 2005 showed that this gloss, originally put on the account of a coating of Golden tiles, was due to a mixture of lime and press straw.

    A bit of history I like
    The last stage of the construction of the walled enclosure took place at the end of the Almohad reign with the construction of the Tower of gold in 1221. It was not part of the main maize that stood along the wall from the proper enclosure and surrounding the Alcazar passing by the Tower of the money before the joining by a coracha, a pan of perpendicular to the principal enclosure wall. Unlike most towers that were rectangular, the Tower of gold, more massive, like the other Palatine towers, has a Dodecagonale. The coracha located between the Tower of gold and silver tower was demolished in 1821. The Tower served as a prison during the middle ages

    The original tower possessed one level. The second level, dodecagonal as the first, was added at the request of the King Pedro I of Castile in the 14C. The circular skylight that forms the third level, dating from 1760, is the work of the military engineer Sebastián Van der Borcht. The tower was restored in 1900, between 1942 and 1944 for the creation of the maritime Museum, between 1991 and 1992 in the context of the universal exhibition, in 1995 and 2005.

    It houses since 24 June 1944 a maritime museum that has a collection of engravings, photographs, letters, models, navigational instruments and historical documents on 633 m2. Four hundred pieces come from the Museo Naval in Madrid. The Museum stresses the importance of the history of Seville and the importance of the river to the city.
    the museum has admission of 3€ with schedules as Mondays to Fridays from 9h30 to 18h45 ; weekends from 10h30 to 18h45 , and closed on all Holidays.

    Torre de Oro, Tower of Gold
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    Plaza de España, Sevilla

    by gwened Written Jun 27, 2014

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    This is a must to visit while in Sevilla so much around it and the parque Maria Luisa. i will give you a taste some history, you come and see it.
    It has been designed for the ibero-American exhibition in 1929, and inaugurated by his Majesty the King Alphonse XIII of Spain. Thousand men were involved in its construction. Work began in 1914 ended in 1928. It was the most expensive construction of the exhibition.

    It lies northeast of the María Luisa Park and is bordered West by avenue of Isabel la Catolica, to the North by the Avenida de Portugal and on the East by the Calle Nicolas Alperiz. It covers an area of 50,000 m², including 19,000 m² for the Palace and 31 000 m² for the square itself and channels. They have a total length of 515 meters.

    One of the most decorated ceramic spanning channels, the place forms a semicircle of 200 meters in diameter, symbolizing the friendship of Spain to its former colonies. She looks in the direction of the Guadalquivir, representing the path to the Atlantic Ocean and America. A unique building along its rounded side. At the center of the square there is a fountain. Between the center and the Palace flow channels, in a semicircle also. Four bridges span representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain.

    The Palace and two of its bridges; It is a single building of impressive size along the semicircle of the place. It consists of a central building and two wings. In each of the two wings is integrated a secondary building and each of the two ends of the Palace rises a tower of 80 meters. The five buildings are interconnected by imposing covered galleries. It is built in brick, marble and is decorated with painted ceramics. His style is a mix Renaissance, Gothic and mudejar. Along its walls are a series of benches and ornaments of painted ceramics (tiles) representative, alphabetically, 48 of the 50 provinces of Spain (missing the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla). Each province has its map, the coat of arms of its capital and mosaics telling points of their history.

    The Palace presents, in addition, many bas-reliefs. Among them are six windows of renaissance style, the arms of the city of Seville, 24 Eagles with the arms of her Majesty Charles V, 48 medallions containing the bust of illustrious Spaniards (one above each province) and 3 meter four statues flanking the two small arrows of the central building.

    Awesome , a must to stroll here with the family as the locals do.

    the palace at Plaza de Espa��a from lake to palace building
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    Plaza de Toros la Maestranza,Sevilla

    by gwened Written Jun 27, 2014

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    As much as it may be not suitable for all, it is nevertheless an intricate part of the history of Sevilla, Andalucia and Spain, the bullfights or corridas. the Maestranza in Sevilla is one of the two tops with Madrid Monumental that are a must to see and undertand.

    the plaza all began in 1730 with a bit of history I like. The plaza de toros de Sevilla or the bullsfight arena is owned by the Real Maestranza de Caballería, (Royal cavalry of mastery) which a corporation found by gentlemen belonging to old noble families that does several activities of benefit to the city and preserve the building as well as showcase the taurino bullfight art. The big brother of it is the King of Spain, that is represented in the corporation by the lieutenant of the big brother in the board of directors.

    The origins of it really goes back to the conquest of Sevilla by king Fernando III El Santo (the Saint) in 1248. The chevaliers who accompany the king formed a cofradia or brotherhood of calvary that is the roots of what we have today as the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla.

    you have the schedules and the possibility to purchase in advance here
    https://www.lamaestranza.es/venta_carteles.asp

    another local site in English where you can purchase in advance
    http://www.entradas-toros-sevilla.com/Bullfight_Tickets_Sevilla.htm

    and the boutique for purchases even online is here
    https://www.plazadetorostienda.es/es/

    the arena La Maestranza main door of la Maestranza
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    Cathedral of Sevilla

    by gwened Written Jun 27, 2014

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    A magnificent Cathedral and a must see while in Sevilla; it was built between 1402 and the 16C whreabouts.Gothic style with its belltower call the Giralda ( a women figurine on the very top, also a symbol of Havana). It was an ole moorish minaret from the grand mosque of the Almohade sultanate that was at the current site of the Cathedral.

    It is one of the largest Catholic cathedrals of the world - given the fact that the Rome Basilica is not a cathedral - and the largest in Spain. In comparison, It measures 132 meters long - what is lesser than the cathedrals of Cologne (144,58 meters) and Amiens (145 meters) - and 83 meters wide; the vaults of the central nave amounted to 42 meters, a height comparable to that of the cathedrals of Cologne (43 meters) and Amiens (42 meters), but lower than that of the cathedrals of Milan, Palma and Beauvais (48.5 meters). It has about 30 side chapels!!

    inmense, magnificent, beautiful ,I can go on so much to tell not good at these long narrative. some bits and you must come to see it.

    Inside, with the longest nave of Spain, is decorated in lavish way, with profusion of gold. In the main body of the building stands the choir, which occupies the centre of the nave.

    It opens in the Capilla Mayor, which is dominated by the colossal Gothic altarpiece comprising 45 carved panels depicting scenes from the life of christ. This masterpiece of unique and truly extraordinary of the sculptor Pierre Dancart is the book of a lifetime: it is the largest and richest of the world altar painting and one of the most sumptuous pieces of carved Gothic art.

    The Cathedral of Seville also has a large collection of pieces of jewelry, painted tables and statues, as well as the tomb of Christopher Colombus. The wood is mahogany from Cuba.

    Cathedral of Sevilla right side with the minaret Giralda the front of Christopher Colombus tomb the side of Christopher Columbus tomb Giralda well shown old minaret tower
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    Jerez door

    by solopes Updated Feb 23, 2014

    A small fountain well positioned marks the beginning of Constitution avenue, the main touristy street in Sevilla.

    It is surrounded by several palaces, such as the Hotel Alfonso XIII, the Tobacco factory, or the "Casa da Moeda".

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    Strolling around

    by shavy Updated Jan 25, 2014

    Seville has a reputation as a sleepy town, as being a little more old fashioned than other Spanish cities. The city is not known for the open exuberance of a city like Madrid, but Seville has an atmosphere that is special and worth experiencing

    As simple as it sounds, it is true that it is difficult to surpass the experience of walking aimlessly through Seville’s streets
    Some may find the cramped and winding streets of Seville overly confusing and frustratingly closed off at first, but it doesn’t take more than an hour or two of wandering before you’ll develop a certain meditative sense of calm a unique feeling of peace

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    Plaza de América

    by ValbyDK Written Sep 28, 2013

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    Plaza de América is an open square located close to Parque de María Luisa and Plaza de Espana, in an area where you'll find many impressive pavilions built for the 1929 Latin American Exhibition. And the square itself is also surrounded by a few of them, each built in different architectural styles: The Royal Pavilion (now used as offices for the city's administration), the Provincial Archaeological Museum, and the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs...

    I didn't visit any of the buildings, just went for a walk around the square; trees, flowers, ponds, fountains, and many pigeons...

    The Archaeological Museum The Museum of Popular Arts and Customs Plaza de Am��rica Plaza de Am��rica
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    Los Caños de Carmona

    by ValbyDK Written Sep 20, 2013

    "Los Caños de Carmona" (the pipes of Carmona) was an ancient Roman aqueduct, originally built almost 2,000 years ago, but renovated several times during the years. It was used to bring water into the city, and the primary source of the water was located in the area of Carmona, which is a small town east of Sevilla.

    Around Sevilla are a couple of places where you can see some remains of the old aqueduct - my photo is from the Avenida de Luis Montoto.

    Los Ca��os de Carmona
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    GADENS OF MURILLO

    by draguza Updated Jul 1, 2013

    The Gardens of Murillo were given to the city in 1911. At one time they were the vegetable gardens and orchards of the Real Alcazar. They are named after the painter Bartolome Murillo who lived nearby in the 17th Century. In the gardens is a tall monument to Christopher Columbus. It incorporates a bronze of the Santa Maria, the ship in which Columbus sailed to the Americas in 1492.

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    Typical color for Spanish buildings

    by shavy Written Jun 29, 2013

    Seville is one of Spain's major cities and is also the capital of the Andalusia region. With an enormous amount to offer both the tourist and business traveller, Seville is a friendly and captivating place to visit. The busy city centre is well pedestrianised and many of the best attractions are within easy walking distance

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    Capitania General

    by GentleSpirit Written May 6, 2013

    In colonial times the Captain General was basically the Governor or Viceroy. During the Franco dictatorship the Captain General was still the governor, but this time it was a military commander of a region. Seville was one of the more important commands during this time.

    The Capitania General is located directly behind the Plaza de Espana, facing the Plaza del Ejercity (Plaza of the Army). For an essentially military building, is was quite beautiful, with some lovely tile work on the facade. Interestingly, there is what they call a forest of arches there, you just can't see if from the plaza.

    The building itself was finished in 1928

    Captaincy-General of Seville Side view with the arches
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    Night Tours at the Alcazar in 2013

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Jan 28, 2013

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    A friend I met in Sevilla forwarded me this information about a new offering at the Alcazar beginning in February. 2013

    "The Alcázar will be organizing night tours from February 7th on. The tours will include full explanations and some historical scenes will be played by professional actors in order to provide the visitor a full experience of the Alcázar main events.

    It will also be a great opportunity to visit the Alcázar lit up, a highlight only a few can feel every year and until now limited to those attending to special events such as concerts or plays organized in summertime."

    The tour will cost 12 euros/person and it will last 1h15 approximately. From February 7th until March 31st they will be hold on Thursday and Friday (7.30pm to 9pm). And from April 1st until September 30th also on Thursday and Friday but from 9pm to 10.30pm. This is about 3 euros greater than what I paid for general admission in May of 2012.

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