Day 54, 20 May 2009
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Took a tour to Seville to see Alcazar – originally founded as a fort for the Cordoban governors of Seville in 913. Used as the palace for later monarchs who each added their own touches – an example of hybrid Christian-Islamic Mudejar architecture (have to love architecture).
- The old Jewish quarter (Barrio de Santa Cruz) – with its maze of tiny white picturesque alleyways shaded by orange trees (full of fruit)
- Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla) (completed 1507) – huge: 23,500 m2, 126m long, 83m wide and 37m high; almost as big as St Peter’s Basilica, said to be third largest church; largest gothic; includes tomb of Christopher Columbus
- Climbed the 90m Giralda (completed 1198) – The Cathedral stands on the site of the great 12th century Almohad mosque, with the mosque’s minaret (the Giralda) still towering beside it. With 34 ramped flights and no steps it is a good climb – worth the climb for the fantastic view.
- Many of the buildings from the 1929 World’s Fair including: Plaza de America (with a large flock of white doves) and Spanish Square (which is round) aka Plaza de Espana
The area between Cadiz and Seville reminds me of the Victorian countryside but with Spanish looking villas - even eucalyptus trees.
Seville is a lovely city and I think Spain would be a nice place to live. I’d like to spend more time in this country.