Art, culture and history are ever-present in the city of Seville
. The biggest city in Andalusia has been beautifully preserved over the years, while still remaining relevant. There are plenty of great attractions to experience in Seville
Legend has it that when the Cathedral of Seville
was being constructed in the 1400s, the plans were meant to be so large so that when people saw it, they would think the builders were insane. Finally completed in 1528, this incredible structure is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.
Located on one of Seville
's business city streets, The Palacio de la Condesa Lebrija (Palace of the Countess of Lebrija) is considered the "best paved house-palace in Europe" due to its incredible collection of roman mosaics, which paved practically the whole of the ground floor.
What do Star Wars Episodes 1 and 2 have in common with Seville
? The landmark Plaza de Espana
was used as a location in 1999 for Star Wars Episode 1 and in 2002 for Star Wars Episode 2. Built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, Plaza de Espana is a stunning example of Renaissance Revival architecture. Today, the Plaza de Espana mainly consists of government buildings, Seville
Town Hall and 'Alcoves of the Provinces.'
The Real Alcazar
is one of the most representative monumental compounds in the city and the entire country of Spain. It is one of the oldest European royal palaces that are still standing and still in use. The Real Alcazar is comprised of a group of buildings from different time periods and each building takes on a unique architectural style.
Museums and Galleries
Founded in 1839, The Museo de Bellas Artes
is still considered by many to be a crown jewel of Spanish history. The art in this museum dates from the medieval times to the modern times. Beyond the incredible art found within the walls of the museum, every Sunday, the square just outside hosts an open-air market.
The Archaelogical Museum
and The Popular Arts Museum
are within close proximity of each other in Maria Luisa Park. The Popular Arts Museum boasts a serene pond surrounded with railings amongst a beautiful garden. Inside the museum are collections of costumes, lace, ceramics, work tools, musical instruments and many other items.