joi, 9 aprilie 2009

the charm of seville

Seville is a city full of charm. A city with diverse cultures and civilizations that have lived throughout its rich history. In Seville it is easy to find monuments from different eras such as Arabic, the Renaissance, Baroque and modern.

The Cathedral and the Giralda

The entrance to the Cathedral and Giralda is not cheap but it is worth it. Seville has one of the few cathedrals in the world where the private rooms are open to the public. La Giralda is a large tower attached to the cathedral, and you can climb up and see the entire old city.

Plaza of Spain

La Plaza de Palacio of Spain is extremely beautiful, an example of modernist architecture. The most incredible fact is that the square was built with slabs and tiles, including bridges across the canals that surround the square. And another curiosity. Along the base of the square there are several ceramic works that illustrate scenes from all the Spanish provinces. Admission is free.

Torre del Oro

La Torre del Oro is a thirteenth century tower, from the Almohad period, which is named after the color of gold slabs covering the whole surface (its name literally means "The Golden Tower). It now houses a naval museum.

El Puente del Alamillo

For those who like modern architecture, the Puente del Alamillo is a must see. It is a huge bridge connecting the island of La Cartuja, site of Expo 92, with the old city. Over the bridge primarily pass cars, but there is also an area where pedestrians can walk.

Real Fábrica de Tabacos

This former tobacco factory was built 500 years ago and became famous for its mention in Bizet's opera Carmen. To prevent thieves, the building was surrounded by moats which can still be seen. It even had a jail inside, for those who were caught in the attempt.

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