Top Attractions in Seville
Top Attractions in Seville
Visitors have a wide option of choosing from adventure sports to the kind of events which fill up Seville with zest and fervour. Experience the myriads of festivals which take place in the city and celebrated by people like there is no tomorrow. Seville is known as the self-proclaimed capital of tapas bars and restaurants, an abode to innumerable tapas eating and drinking joints with special dishes and preparations. In addition to food and festivals, like most of the other Spanish cities, Seville is also huge on Football with stadiums dedicated to individual players. Last but not the least, Seville has a rich history and the monuments and the museums here offer an insight into the great artists who owe their origin to this land. From free tours to skydiving, Seville will keep you busy during the day and night. There is so much to do in this city for every one that visiting this beautiful city is an experience in its own with the place having an apt amount of potential to turn your yearly holiday into a memorable trip.
The inside of Sevilles Alcazar is simply magical and even though it was constructed during the dark ages of Europe, the design of the castle has nothing sad or dark about it. Declared as a World Heritage site in 1987, Alcazar was originally founded as a fort for the governors of Seville in 913. The building has stood through 11 centuries and during this tenure, it has been reconstructed a lot of times. Alcazar has large gardens which consist of pools and fountains and there is a raised gallery with porticoes which were fashioned long back during the 16th century. Don't miss out on the gardens which lie east beyond a long wall, which is considered heavenly by most of the visitors.
Plaza de Espana:
Plaza de Espana is one of the most magnificent buildings and its fountains and minicanals are the highlights of this place. The brick and tile confection which prominently includes Seville tile work is simply a treat for the eyes. The visitors can even hire row boats to ply through the canals in order to gather a comprehensive view of the entire place. Please note that the row boats can only be hired after paying a minimal price of €5.
Parque de Maria Luisa:
One of the best options to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Parque de Maria Luisa is a delightful place to visit. With duck ponds and paths carved under the cooling shade of the trees, it is an ideal picnic spot with amazing ambiance and frequently visited by the locals. The park has a variety of sites to offer and the fountains and mini-canals render it into a complete picturesque picnic spot. The southern end of the park hosts The Museo Arquelogico which is an amazing repository of Roman sculptures. It is an excellent place for children as well as it is wide and open wherein the kids can play and run around. Even though the entry is free of charge, the goodies offered inside are not. The visitors can have quad-bikes to roam around the park conveniently but they are charged at €12 for 30 minutes.
Basílica de la Macarena:
Home of the most revered virgin in Seville, this basilica gives the best impression of the zeal inspired by the Semana Santa. The highlight of this basilica is the statue which was gifted or donated by the famous matador of the 20th century, Joselito El Gallo, known as the Macarena Virgin of Hope adorned with a golden crown along with lavish vestments like five-diamond and emerald brooches. The church also houses a museum which has been recently renovated to accommodate visitors and contains an imperative aspect of the iconography. Opposite to the churchs building is Sevilles 12th-century Almohad walls which is the longest surviving stretch as well. The entry to the church is free of charge but the visitor needs to pay €5 for checking out the museum.
Catedral la Giralda:
Touted as one of the largest Christian churches in the world, Catedral stands on the site of the 12th-century Almohad mosque while the minaret of the mosque which is known as the Giralda, stands beside in all the glory. The scale of Catedral is majestic and is one of the most awe-inspiring buildings to look at. After 100 years of strenuous labour, the church was completed by the year of 1502 and till today, in terms of volume, it is considered as the largest. The church is gothic in every possible sense as the exterior of the cathedral has a ton of gothic embellishments whereas the southern and northern chapels hold abundant sculpture and paintings. Marvel at the tomb of Christopher Columbus which is located inside the Puerta del Principe renowned as Door of the prince.
Torre del Oro:
Built in 1220, Torre del Oro or the Golden Tower is one of the most photographed landmarks of the city. Located close to the historic center of the city, it stands as a part of the citys defense walls and used to overlook the port and regulate its access. A long chain connected this golden tower with another tower in the city and would act as a hindrance and prevent the ships from entering the city. Nowadays, people love reaching the top of the tower as it offers breath-taking views of the river Guadalquivir. The tower is made up of Golden tiles and there is a naval museum inside the tower which spreads across various floors as well. Standing tall on the banks of the river, it is a popular tourist attraction of the city.
Claiming to be the largest wooden building in the world, Metropol Parasol opened in 2011 and this honeycombed roof is supported by 5 massive pillars which depict the shape of a mushroom. Because of this shape, the locals also refer it as Las Setas de La Encarnacion' which means the mushrooms of Plaza de la Encarnacion. The Roman ruins have also been carefully inscribed into different parts of the building. The phase of construction of this building uncovered remains from the Roman Period spread in an open space of around 4879 square meters and this entire area is covered by a glass membrane. Have a birds-eye view of the city from level 2 and enjoy some mouth-watering dishes at the restaurant.
Museum of Fine Arts:
Sevilles Museo de bellas Artes is one of the imperative structures of the city which depicts the pertinent role of this city during the Golden Age of the 17th century. The building is housed in the Convento de la Merced and the entire flow of this museum is chronological with prominently dark and religious work. The most pleasing room is the former convents church and there are numerous paintings reflecting the work of masters of Sevillan Baroque. Other important artists and their works here include Murillo whose Inmaculada Conception Grande (painted in the year of 1650) is displayed at the head of the church. In addition to this, Pacheco and Zurbaran along with sculptor Juan Martinez Montaness works are also on display here.
Palacio de Lebrija:
Covering an area of about 2000 square meters, the building is divided into 4 parts. Originally, Palacio de Lebrija was built as a manor house in the city of Seville. After the complete restoration of the structure, the Palace has reopened its rooms to the public. There are guided tours which take you through the length and breadth of the palace wherein you can see and admire the collection of Greek and Roman ruins.
Casa de Pilatos:
Labeled as the most beautiful mansion in the city, Casa de Pilatos is occupied by the ducal Medinaceli family and is considered haunted by most of the locals here. The mansion is a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance style and has some amazing tilework majorly on the stairway to the upper floor. The visit to the upper floor is allowed only under supervision because this floor is still occupied by the Medinaceli family. Amongst the artwork, you can find Medinaceli portraits which have been carried from centuries.