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    Alamillo Bridge

    by TooTallFinn24 Written May 25, 2012

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    We first noticed the striking Alamillo Bridge as we arrived at our hotel room in the outskirts of Seville. Even during the daytime it was striking to see this bright white harp like figure above the surrounding buildings.

    The Alamillo Bridge was the direct result of the 1992 World Universal Exposition in Seville. When plans for the expo were announced in 1986 the City began preparing a series of detailed infrastructure plans to connect the City with Cartuja Island which was the location for the expo. Four bridges were proposed with the most striking being the Alamillo Bridge.

    The bridge was designed by Santiago Calatrava, a well known Valencian architect known for his creative designs. The bridge crosses the Meandro de San Jeronimo north of the old city.

    According to Seville, A View on Cities, "The Alamillo Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge with a 200 meter (656 ft) long span painted in Calatrava's trade-mark bright white color. The most distinguishing aspect of the design is the 142 meter (466 ft) tall pylon, which is gracefully slanted at an angle of 68 degrees. The pylon is filled with concrete and acts as a counterbalance for the 35,5 meter (117ft) wide bridge deck, which is anchored by just 13 pairs of cables." To me the most striking aspect of this bridge is that there is no support at the back at the pylon which gives the bridge its sleek and imaginary design and the soft highlights of the bridge at night.

    Main Bridge Pylon Alamillo Bridge

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    Spectacular views of Seville

    by tim07 Updated Dec 28, 2011

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    To get to the top of the tower there are no stairs, instead a series of 35 ramps. These were built wide enough to allow two guards on horseback to pass. From the top you are rewarded with close up views of cathedral and spectacular views of Seville.

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    Las Setas de la Encarnación...

    by PrincessMonja Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    Las Setas de la Encarnación (Encarnación's mushrooms), this is the local nickname of the Metropol Parasol in Seville. This amazing place was designed by Jürgen Mayer-Hermann and was finished in April 2011. This Guardian Article has some great photos of it. The building is multipurpose, it has a viewing platform that you can visit the walkway opening hours are 10.00 hrs - 14.00 hrs and 18.00 hrs - 24.00 hrs it costs 1.20 euro (free if resident in Seville).

    The building also houses a market, cafes shops and has a fantastic museum in the basement, the Museo Arqueologico Antiquarium. This museum contains Roman and Moorish remains, dating from the first century BC to the 12th century AD, which were discovered when the area was being excavated to build a car park. This museum has been done beautifully and is well worth a visit. It's opening Hours are
    Tues - Sat: 10:00 - 20:00
    Sun: 10:00 - 14:00

    The entrance is 2€. free for Students (check as there is often an age restriction on student discounts), Retired, Disabled, and Seville Residents.

    Have a look at this website for more info.

    Metropol Seville You can walk along the top of the mushrooms... The contrast of old and new in Seville On top of the Metropol Parasol
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    Hospital of the Venerable Priests

    by stevemt Written Oct 22, 2011

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    This is one of the most Baroque Palaces in Seville

    Well worth a visit. The Chapel especially has to be seen to be believed.

    It is now the headquarters of the cultural foundation Focus.

    The is an entrance fee EXCEPT sunday afternoon when it is free - I was lucky :)

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    THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE IN SEVILLE(1)

    by lotafro Updated Sep 19, 2011

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    To really save some money, visit the open markets “el mercadillo”, there’s one in Castilleja de la Cuesta on Wednesdays another in Triana (the Expo fair-grounds) on Saturdays and one in Parque Alcosa and Hytasa warehouse district on Sundays but way too far to travel unless you’re up for it. It’s best to go early to beat the crowds. Plaza Duque and La Magdalena have an open market starting mid- week/ends; it’s mostly full of trinkets, but not too bad and much smaller in size. If you dig name-brand clothes and not name-brand prices, check-out the factory outlet malls. There’s one close to the airport, one in Bormujos, and another in Dos Hermanas. There is also a new shopping center (Aire Sur) right next to IKEA in the town of Castilleja de la Cuesta. (Note: Just because it's not in the central Seville doesn't mean it's far).

    Don’t want to spend all your money in El Corte Ingles??, there are other alternatives. For grocery shopping there’s Dia, Mercadona, M.A.S., Plus, Hipersol/Supersol, Aldi and Lidl but if you’re fortunate enough to make friends with someone who has a car, ask them to take you to Carrefour or Hipercor; they usually have a wider variety. There are ethnic shops – Hiper Oriental has everything for asian cuisine and tipical African products can be found in Nervion opposite the Corte Ingles and the other is in the center close to Plaza Duque.

    Exercise doing high impact aerobics at Sevilla Gym on Calle Amor de Dios in La Alameda. The are however a few Arabian style baths for a very romantic and or relaxing experience. Aire de Sevilla is in the city center on Calle Aire (behind the Giralda) and there is another La Medina in the town of Bormujos.

    If you’d rather take dance lessons -hip-hop, jazz, flamenco, salsa, caporiera, break dance, African, classical, etc… check out Paso a Paso en Montequinto right across from the subway stop.

    Good luck!

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    Baños árabes - Hammam

    by PrincessMonja Written Jul 5, 2011

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    This is the most wonderful place to relax and escape the busy city. You can enjoy a gentle float in the different baths, along with the steam room and jacuzzi, or you could also have a massage.

    One of my favourite things to do when I lived in Sevilla was to visit just to go to the tearoom where I would have a pot of "geisha tea" and indulge in a few arab pastries - bliss...!

    Beautiful baths The smallest bath The tearoom The larger bath One of the baths
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    Noria Panorámica de Sevilla

    by bliss7 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Noria is a giant wheel, behind the Plaza de España, at the Prado de San Sebastian. There are air-conditioned booths on this wheel, you pay about 8 euro for a "ride." But it is not really a ride... you go around, reach an amazing height, and get to see the entire city from a bird's perspective. It is especially nice that the Plaza de España is right next to the Noria. There is also a great view of the Catedral, Giralda, y Alcazar. If you have time, definitely check this out. It can also be quite romantic, especially if you go at sunset, and the operators let you stay at the top for a bit. ;)

    Vista desde la Noria Vista de la Catedral y Giralda Vista de la Plaza de Espa��a Que linda! I love those purple trees!
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    SANTA CRUZ....

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Santa Cruz is what used to be THE JEWISH QUARTER of Seville and the area which is the most interesting, characteristic and atmospheric.

    It is here where you will find the most important MUST SEEs such as the Cathedral, El Alcazar and the GIRALDA.

    It was also here that my hotel was situated: see TIPS and in the photograph you see the steps that lead to my room: it used to be an old mansion and still has its wonderful characteristics such as e.g. the stairways / steps: full of colourful AZULEJOS WHICH IS SO LOVELY!

    I PREFER THIS HOTEL TO A MODERN ONE!

    FLIGHT OF STAIRS ALBANICO HOTEL SEVILLE...
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    BULL FIGHTS IN SEVILLE....

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There is a wonderful ARENA for bull fights in Seville and to see more photos of it (I had a guided tour) go to my TRAVELOGUES.....

    I once was in SEVILLE when the FERIA THE ABRIL started with special bull fights.

    I didn't go there because after having seen 1 bull fight in Spain I didn't feel like watching one again!!

    Who is interested: the tourist office has a program with all the days that bull fights will be held, you just have to ask for it......

    BULL FIGHTS IN SEVILLE...
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    HORSE AND CARRIAGE.....

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Isn't it always a pleasure to go sightseeing by horse and carriage??

    They are anxiously waiting for you to make you enjoy SEVILLE...

    You can find these carriages in several places e.g. on the PLAZA in front of the CATEDRAL and in the PARQUE DE LUISA near the river Guadalquivir........

    Let your eyes feast on SEVILLE.....

    HORSE AND CARRIAGE TOURS SEVILLE....
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    THE ROYAL MONASTERY OF SANTA PAULA....

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The entrance of thos Royal Monastery of the nuns of the Hieronymian Order opens onto the Calle Santa Paula 11. It was not really easy to find the entrance and the street.

    (You have to knock hard on the door and after some time a very old, short nun will answer the door by opening a minute window in the door and ask what you want....after that she will open up and show you the stairway that leads to the museum and another, very kind nun, will lead the way over the outer patio, the COMPàS...)

    Of course you will admire the façade of the church a work of excellent quality with angels, medallions and AZULEJOS....(tiles)

    The complex is surprisingly beautiful and dates back to appr. 1500 AD.

    The church here is rich as is the order just because they were always protected by the Christian Monarchs.

    The Museum possesses numerous pictorial works, sculptures and gold-work!

    DON'T FORGET TO VISIT the nuns' special room, their "shop" where they sell (as many Monasteries do....) sweet, special cookies, and all kinds of home-made jams.....I bought some apple/mint jam and cocos cookies which were delicious!

    THE ROYAL MONASTERY OF SANTA PAULA, SEVILLE...
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    Sevilla, Spain

    by Danalia Updated Jan 11, 2011

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    Sevilla celebrates two important events: Semana Santa (Wholly Week)and two weeks later- 'La Feria de Abril', in which for one long week the celebrationare in an open square and including: music, dancing, concerts, eating and drinking.
    Also try the nightlifeof Sevilla , that as many of the Spanish people like to pass their time in the streets or in the local bars or cafeterias.

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    Puentes de Sevilla/Bridges of Seville (4/7)

    by Redang Updated Dec 17, 2010

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    Next bridge receives two names: Puente del Cristo de la Expiración or the Cachorro (the Puppy). This bridge resolves communication with Triana, while also being the natural exit towards the province of Huelva.

    Puente del Cachorro (Sevilla, Spain)

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    Iglesia de San Luis

    by MM212 Updated Oct 21, 2010

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    Completed in 1731, la Iglesia de San Luis is one of the few churches in Seville not to have been built on the site of a mosque. It is thus completely devoid of mudéjar elements, and is considered the prime example of barroco sevillano architecture, the rich Baroque style associated with the city. The church was originally built for the Jesuits and was named Iglesia de San Luis de los Franceses (Église Saint-Louis des Français), but the Jesuits were expelled from Spain in 1767 and thus abandoned the church.

    Iglesia de San Luis
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    City tours - bus and river

    by ELear Updated Apr 29, 2010

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    One good thing about getting a “hop-on, hop-off” city bus tour of Seville is that you get to see impressive things that otherwise you wouldn’t see because they’re too far from the centre (where the tour bus can’t go anyway). I’m thinking particularly of the Expo 92 site, especially the STUNNING Alamillo Bridge. You can get on at the Torre de Oro. If you just stay on the bus a complete tour takes about an hour and a half.

    You can also get a river cruise from the Torre de Oro, which makes for a fun three quarters of an hour. They go as far as the Barqueta Bridge in one direction and the 1929 World Fair Argentine pavilion in the other.

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