Sevilla

I am serious when I say that Rome is absolutely stunning, but I have to admit that seeing and exploring something different from my city has it own charm too.

I travelled to Seville, Spain a few weeks ago and I was just mesmerized by its culture and beauty. What impressed me the most was the architecture of this city. The architecture of Sevilla is a string of historic gems, with styles ranging from Gothic to Baroque, Renaissance and Mudejár and we spent a week strolling (we literally walk for miles and miles every single day) around and admiring the many historic monuments. Here’s what we found..

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Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede – Seville’s Cathedral is still considered the biggest gothic church in the world.  The basilica occupies the site of the great Aljama mosque, built in the late 12th century by the Almohads, the ruling Moorish dynasty, of which the only remaining parts are the Patio de Naranjas, the Puerta del Perdon and the Giralda. This is also the burial site of Cristoforo Colombo.

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Giralda – This is the bell tower of the Cathedral and it was originally built as a minaret during the Moorish period, during the reign of the Almohad dynasty with a Renaissance style. The tower is 342 ft in height and it is considered as one of the most important symbols of the city.

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Metropol Parasol – This huge construction is also called “Setas” and it was built in 2011 so it is one of the most modern turist attraction of Seville. The city planned to build an underground parking at this site but during the construction, builders stumbled upon ancient Roman ruins. Construction was halted for some years before a competition was held to decide an alternative purpose for the site. A German architect won the competition with his mushroom design. Fpr only 3 euros you can enjoy the beautiful view of the entire city and have a free drink!

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Real Alcàzar – This place is for sure one of the things I enjoyed the most during my stay in Seville and I almost forgot to take pictures there so bare with my non sense facial expression in this picture! I don’t even know where to start when it comes to describe this awesome place, well…Just look at these details.

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The royal palace is known as one of the most beautiful in Spain, being regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of mudéjar architecture (a style which is native and unique to the history of Spain, was a meeting point between Christianity and Islam) found on the Iberian Peninsula.  The Alcázar marks one of history’s architectural high points and Unesco agreed, making it a World Heritage site in 1987.

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Plaza de España – Located in the Parque de Maria Luisa, this plaza was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Expo held in 1929. The square and adjacent buildings are a mix of mudejár and renaissance revival styles.

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The Plaza de España is a large semicircle of beautiful buildings that are covered in yellow, blue and white patterned tiles. Large white columns only add to the splendor of the plaza, as does the Vicente Traver fountain in the middle of the entryway. To reach the buildings of the plaza, visitors must cross the moat that surrounds it by using one of four gorgeously intricate bridges. I feel like words cannot describe the beauty of this place, in fact we visited this place for several times during our stay and with the sunset, everything is even better!

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So this is just a glimpse of what Seville can offer! Honestly I didn’t expect this city to be this beautiful and rich of culture so I was pleasantly surprised and I enjoyed (aside from the veeeeeery hot weather)  my stay even more than I could imagine!

Ps. Most of the photographs I posted were taken by my boyfriend. Go and check out his IG profile by clicking here! 💖

 

 

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