Plaza de Virgen de los Reyes is a central square in the old historical part of Sevilla. A great place to start exploring the city, for instance are the Catedral de Sevilla, the Giralda Tower, the Archbishop's Palace, the Convento de la Encarnación, and Real Alcazar located around the square.
At the center of the square is a fountain decorated with an old lamppost. It was created for the 1929 Latin American Exhibition. And there are some small columns linked by huge chains; they surround the cathedral and were in the olden days used to prevent merchants with their horses to enter the cathedral. Today, there are still many horses - and their carriages offering rides to the tourists - around the Plaza de Virgen de los Reyes...
Located on Plaza Virgen de los Reyes, across from la Catedral, el Palacio Arzobispal is the Archbishop's palace. It was built between the 16th and 18th centuries in a richly decorated Baroque style. Its intricately carved stone portal is particularly beautiful. The interior contains paintings by the Spanish artist Zurbarán.
The Arbishop's Palace is where Mons. Amigo, the Arbishop of Seville, lives. It's placed in front of the Cathedral and it was built in the 18th century, so it's considered to be a Baroque building. There are nice stairs indoor and the palace owns an important collection of Sevillian Baroque paintings and sculptures. I'm afraid this place is not open for tourism but there is a historical archive inside where researchers can do their job.
El palacio arzobispal está enfrente de la catedral y es donde vive Monseñor Amigo, el Arzobispo de Sevilla. Fue construido en el siglo XVIII, por lo que se considera obra del Barroco. El monumento tiene una escalera muy bella en su interior. Además, posee una importante colección de pinturas y esculturas del Barroco sevillano. Me temo que este lugar no está abierto para el turismo pero dentro hay un archivo histórico donde pueden acceder investigadores.
It seems like an unwritten law that all tourist groups should come together on this plaza.
And indeed, there's a lot to see!
You can find the Giralda, the Cathedral, the Palacio Arzobispal, the fountain, the horse and carriages, ...
I really liked sitting next to the fountain during the evening and admiring the illuminated Giralda.
The Plaza Virgen de los Reyes is located next to the Giralda. But this square has some other nice things to discover too.
The fountain in the middle of the square is from the start of the 20th century, made by José Lafita. The heads, from which the water comes, on it are copies of roman heads from the Casa de Pilatos. In the right of the picture you see the cathedral, and the white building is the Convento de la Encarnacion. It is dating back to 1591.
Not in the picture is the Palazio Archbispal.
At the Plaza Virgin los Reyes the Giralda is not the only eyecatcher. A large building with luxurious ornaments just asks for attention. It is the Palacio Archbispal, a baroque style palace from the 18th century. The palace is still being used by the sevillian clergy. The main hall is very impressive and has an important collection of paintings. Sadly it is not open to the public.
Just at the plaza Virgen de los Reyes, close to the cathedral and Giralda, and from that square you take direction to Barrio Santa Cruz.
Its colours (blood-red and ocher-yellow) are characteristic of Sevillian Baroque constructions.
Near to the Giralda and Cathedral, heading to Santa Cruz neighbourhood you see the red and yellow ochre facade of the Palacio de Arzobispado (Archbishop). Its 18th century facade are typical of the Sevillian Baroque style.
Situated right next to the Cathedral in the Plaza Virgen de los Reyes is the pinkish colored Archbishop's Palace. I didn't go inside, but it is possible to visit the interior which contains artwork by Murillo among others.
Take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the city.
Sevilla is not an easy city to drive around in, so a great way to see a lot is to take a carriage ride. We saw so many interesting sites and our driver was very friendly and knowledgeable - even took a great picture of us!
Plaza de la Virgen de los Reyes - just by the cathedral - is noted for its monumental lantern. Situated in the plaza is the Archbishops Palace with its late baroque facade.
It’s a lovely place, full of cabs, orange trees and people selling flowers. And it gives you great view of Giralda.