Seville is one of my favorite cities in Spain. In terms of breathtaking architecture, Seville has a lot to offer tourists. Here are five architectural sights that you shouldn’t miss on your next visit to Seville.
Easily the most popular attraction in Seville, Alcazar is a large medieval palace that combines facets of Spanish Christian and Moorish architecture. Between the beautiful grounds and the interesting descriptions/exhibitions, history and architecture buffs could easily spend an entire day here.
Barrio Santa Cruz
Located adjacent to Alcazar, the historic Barrio Santa Cruz neighborhood is the perfect place to take a stroll. It’s charming by day and incredibly romantic by night. Inhale the scent of Jasmine flowers mixed with oranges as you wind through the labyrinth-like streets. Palaces and courtyards are tucked into the most unlikely places, making the experience feel like an architectural treasure hunt. Eventually you’ll end up in the enchanting Murillo gardens, which were donated to the city (by the Alcazar) in 1911.
Plaza de Espana
This impressive square is one of Seville’s architectural wonders. Designed by Aníbal González, it was originally constructed in 1929 for the Latin American Expo (Exposición Ibero-Americana). Since then, it has undergone renovations, but remains a stunning example of early 20th century Spanish architecture. The buildings in Plaza de Espana now serve as government offices.
Cathedral of Seville and Giralda Tower
Even though they are both part of the same structure, both the Cathedral of Seville and the Giralda Tower have earned their status as stand-alone tourist attractions. Located in Plaza de Triunfo, the impressive Giralda Tower (95.5 meters hight) originally served as a minaret for a mosque and now serves as a bell tower on the Cathedral of Seville. The Cathedral of Seville, which was completed in the 16th century, holds the title as the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, as well as the third-largest church (in general). It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989.
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