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Hotel Europe in the Centre of Seville
July 232016

The Hotel Europa is one of the best hotels in the Centre of Seville. It is located in Jimios Street, parallel to the Avenida de la Constitución, i.e., in the historic centre of the city and 200 meters from the Cathedral of Seville.

This completely enviable location makes it a perfect hotel for those who want to discover the main monuments of Seville or enjoy leisure and night life of the city.

Hotel rooms in Seville

One of the main features of this hotel is the building itself. It is a typical 18th-century Sevillian Manor House completely restored to suit the needs of the guests. This makes booking a hotel in Seville is a different experience.

You can enjoy the best classical decoration of Seville in these rooms making your stay even more comfortable. In addition, enjoy the experience of staying in a place with two typical Sevillian patio inside, from the reception you will feel catapulted into another time.

Sights near the hotel in the Centre of Seville

As mentioned, one of the main advantages of the Hotel Europe Seville is that it is in the historic centre of the city, just 150 metres from the main monuments such as the Cathedral, the Giralda and the Archivo de Indias.

As you can see on the map the location of the hotel in enviable:

In addition to the monumental buildings, also you will be just 3 minutes from the plaza de toros de la Maestranza of Seville or the Town Hall and the Church of el Salvador, must see places if you are traveling to Seville.

Hotel rooms in Seville

Hotel Europa you can select between two types of rooms: standard and Monumental Seville.

Monumental Seville hotel room is the economic solution, it’s comfortable rooms with all the facilities to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

The standard room is a superior, although the price difference is minimal. It is of larger rooms and with more services.

If you want to book hotel in the Centre of Seville, in Hotel Europa have given us a 5% discount code for all those booking through your website.  You only have to include: “EuropaSeville” at the time of booking and you can enjoy all that Seville has to offer much less.

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Adriano, hotel in the center of Seville
June 82016

We started our reviews of Seville hotels with a fantastic accommodation in three-star in the heart of the city. Located in the street Adriano, it is, as you can see in the map, a few meters from the main monuments of the city.

In addition, it is a perfect place if you’re visiting Seville Holy week or season of bullfights, since its location to enjoy these shows.

A fantastic boutique hotel

The hotel Adriano Sevilla is a former Manor of 18th-century exquisitely decorated. In addition to its spacious rooms, guests can enjoy wonderful and typical Andalusian patios and a relaxing Spa.

In its lower part, you can enjoy cafeteria Pompeia, a cafe-bar with an extensive menu.

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Basic services of a hotel in the Centre

The location of this hotel is a great advantage, but Seville is a city with an extensive historic quarter where it is very important that the tourist accommodation have a range of services to make your stay more enjoyable for guests.

On the one hand, the hotel offers garage service, which is essential if you travel by car to Seville, since finding parking space is virtually impossible in the Centre.

You can also enjoy free tours in Seville just for you book with this hotel. So travelers can take a full and free tour of the main monuments and places of interest in Seville.

But, if you are thinking of is to celebrate any type of event in the old part of Sevilla, the hotel has rooms prepared.

Sights near my hotel in Center?

In any case, if the visitor prefers to go it alone and not be guided can see Sevilla in a day or enjoy the proximity of the monuments that surround the hotel.

Just across the street you can visit the Maestranza bullring and its fantastic Museum. Just 300 metres from Nice walk through the downtown streets of Seville is the monumental core of the city, where tourists can visit Seville Cathedral, the Giralda, the Alcazar or the Archivo de Indias.

Also have a few minute walk the The Golden Tower and le Triana district, by making the hotel Adriano becomes one of the hotels more attractive to visit Seville.

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Church of El Salvador

Church of El Salvador

Baroque jewel in Seville

April 232016

The Church of El Salvador, in Seville is a temple of Roman Catholic worship that is located in the heart of Seville. It was built between 1674 and 1712 and belongs to the Baroque style.

History of the Church of El Salvador

The Church of El Salvador was built on ruins of temples of times Roman, Visigothic, and Muslim, which can be seen today thanks to the excavations carried out in the own courtyard of the temple. Thus, it is located on the site occupied the Caliphate mosque of Ibn Adabbas of great importance in everyday life for the people. So much so that when the Christians conquered Seville, allowed keep its use as a mosque for a while. This privilege was extended until 1340, when it becomes the parish of el Salvador.

It was awarded in the 17TH century the character of collegiate church so he could continue being the second temple of the city (currently continues to be the largest church after the Cathedral of Seville), holding its religious use until the great deterioration prevented it. Thus, in 1674 began construction of which we know today as the Church of El Salvador.

However in the 19th century through its worst since that loses the funds that allowed him to keep the temple after the alienation and, after the Concordat of 1851, the nature of collegiate retires you. Although it has undergone other restorations, 2003 (which ended in 2008) has been which has really returned splendor to the temple. King Juan Carlos I de Borbón participated in the reopening.

It is currently considered one of the most representative of the city churches, and they are different reasons that have led it to achieve such fame. Among them we can highlight:

  •  The excellent position of the Church of el Salvador:

Own in Seville are the watchmen that can sit to enjoy the pleasant Sun while enjoying the known ‘tapas’. As well, in turning to the Church of El Salvador can be found right on the square which leads not less than 5 bars of quality with watchmen, which ensures the presence continuous people and movement through the area.

  • 14 altarpieces of the interior:

Up to 14 are the altarpieces that are found in the interior of the chapel which include the altarpiece of the Santas Justa and Rufina, sisters who enjoy a Seville special veneration as its city of origin, also are considered the protectors of the Giralda and the Cathedral are the patrons of the city.

  • Headquarters of numerous brotherhoods:

Another element that underlines the importance of the Church of El Salvador is the large amount of sacramental brotherhoods that shelters, many of them made of penance during the Semana Santa de Sevilla. These are:

  1. Sacramental Brotherhood of Jesús de la Pasión that procession during Holy Thursday.
  2. Brotherhood of the Holy Jerusalem and Christ’s love that makes the station the Domingo de Ramos.
  3. Brotherhood of Nuestra Señora del Rocío.
  4. Brotherhood of our Lady of Antigua
  5. Brotherhood of Nuestra Señora del Prado.
  6. Brotherhood of master carpenters
  • Character member of the Church of El Salvador:

It not only hosts two of the most beautiful brotherhoods that procession in the Holy week of Seville which in addition, opening their doors symbolizes the beginning of this week so dear. Although not the first brotherhood that puts foot in the street, the triumphal entrance (first step of the brotherhood of love) is the first that comes into official career.

Because of the steps that have to travel to reach their gates square, extends a ramp which facilitates both the nazarenes and the images down. This ramp is one of the symbols of the Seville colleague, there are many expressions that speak of the desire to see her in reality referring to the desire for Easter.

How to see the Church of El Salvador?

Opening hours of the Church of El Salvador:

Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 13:00 and from 18:30 to 20:45 hours; Sundays from 10:30 to 13:30 and from 19:00 to 20:45 hours.

Price entry into the Church of El Salvador:

2 euros

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The Alcazar of Seville is composed of a set of palaces which are surrounded by a wall. It was declared World Heritage along with the Cathedral, the Giralda and the Archive of the Indies in 1987.

History of the Royal Alcazar of Seville

The building was built on an ancient Roman settlement since which is a product of the evolution of the Roman Hispalis during the high middle ages, exactly at the beginning of the 10th century. The Abderrahmán III Córdoba Caliph was an-Nasir, who ordered the building of a new campus of the Government in the southern part of the city in 913. It was part of the Roman coins city relatively close to the present Church of el Salvador.

You would add to this Palace of Government of the tenth century the new Alcazar of the abadies which then became the official life Center.

With the Christian conquest in 1249 arrived for the Royal Alcazar status it enjoyed until today: the Crown headquarters and field of the municipal power of the city. Thus on the same basis rose the Gothic palaces and later the Mudejar Palace of Peter I.

Even centuries later, it was continuous bonding of the Real Alcázar and the Spanish Crown, reforming for example the Patio de las Doncellas acquired Italian Renaissance character. However others, such as the courtyard of the dolls ended up losing its primitive charm after various transformations of the 19th century.

From the Renaissance the most benefit will be the gardens of the Royal Alcazar, being these gifted new streams, ponds, pavilions, covers… etc. Thanks to this combination of religious and architectural styles, and the beauty and richness of its gardens, this magical space of the center of Seville was chosen as one of scenarios, for example, the 5th season of Game of Thrones although this series has not been the first to put their sights on the beloved corner of this city.

Why visit the Royal Alcazar?

Without a doubt the Alcázares are an almost obligatory visit in one route from Seville and this is not for few reasons.

First thing you may call the attention of this spectacular building are, without doubt, its gardens. They found more than 170 species in its 60,000 m2 of surface.

Since its construction has been developed over the centuries we find different architectural styles combined in surprising and unique, which further enhances the beauty and charm of this place which is observed throughout each of the villages by the city of Seville throughout its history.

What to see in the Alcazar of Seville

Visits to the Royal Alcazar of Seville may be accompanied by or if you prefer in the form of free visit can incorporate into which an audioguide, prices of both types will detail them later. If you decide to do this second type of visit, it is important to know the points of greatest interest.

When you enter the Real Alcázar are two stays prior to the arches that limit the Monteria Patio, the room of our left you can access the beautiful courtyard of the plaster and by the right wing came to the Admiral room where is situated the known Casa de contratación de Indias. Arriving at the Monteria Patio, we see the beautiful façade of the Palace of Peter I, also known as Mudejar Patio, whose epicenter is in the Palace of maidens. Surrounding the famous and beautiful courtyard we find among the different rooms of the Royal Bedchamber and the pass to go both wrists, a small and charming Garden Patio, and surely more surprising room, the Salon of the ambassadors.

By the gothic Palace, of which we highlight the vaults and the living room tapestry we reach the famous gardens. Once here very hard to highlight on the other some space while it is true that the best-known places are the following: the mercury pond, the garden of dance where the baths of Doña María de Padilla‘s must-see as the garden of the ladies. Although this is only a sketch of the most significant points and they have therefore been rooms and corners without comment so it follow these steps covers the basic route. To get an idea, you can take a virtual tour.

How to visit the Royal Alcazar of Seville?

Location:

Patio de Banderas s/n, Sevilla

Nearby bus stations: 5, 22, 23, 25, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 53, C3 and C4

Opening hours:

From Monday to Sunday. Except: from 1 to 6 January, 25 December and good Friday.

October – March: 9.30 h to 17.ooh

April – September: 9.30 to 19.ooh

Prices:

General admission: €9.50

Fourth entry height: €4.50

Pensioners and students aged 17 to 25 (acreditandolo at the box office): €2

Disabled and children under 16 years: free

Born or resident in Seville: free

Monday from 18.ooh to 19.ooh (April/October) and 16.ooh to 17.ooh (October/September): free.

Audiguia: €5

Minors must be accompanied by an adult. From the 1 of may 2016, it is mandatory that groups of more than 8 people use tours.

For more information you can visit the official website of the Real Alcázar by clicking here.

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St. Anne’s Church
March 262016

The Real Church of Santa is located in the special and magical Triana district and is one of the churches of old Seville. It is its surroundings we can find lots of bars where you can enjoy the authentic Andalusian cuisine, drinks and tapas at a great price. In addition, you are located very near the river Guadalquivir and Triana full, so you can enjoy an unforgettable ride.

History of the Church of Santa Ana

The construction of the Church of Santa Ana began in the 13th century, in the year 1276, on the order of King Alfonso X, the wise. This mandate is due, as you can read in one of the walls of this Church of Santa Ana, to cure the King of an illness he suffered in the eyes, thanks to the miraculous intervention of Santa Ana, mother of the Virgin Mary.

Once the reconquest of Seville, the monarch Alfonso X created a small town from a group that lived around the castle of São Jorge. This neighborhood, under the name of Triana was chosen to host the parish of Santa Ana.

It is believed that the Church in its early days must have been fortified since it was the first parish church built in the walls of Seville after the reconquest of the Crown. This church of Santa Ana should be completed at the beginning of the 14th century, since it corresponds to the time previously annotated inscription was placed. During the first half of this century was the tower that goes with it.

The temple, deteriorated after the earthquake of 1355, had to be rebuilt in the 14th century. The construction of the temple however, continued arriving in 15th century building known as the chapel of the mount Captain Bernardo which consists of two sections covered with starry vaults in the left nave. Later, in the middle of the 16th century rose the Sacramental chapel which is closest to the headboard. A century later, in the 17TH, the baptismal Chapel of squared plant was erected and which will be covered with a hemispherical Dome, which will be also used years later to cover the Sacramental Chapel.

A new earthquake made that he again had to be remodeled. During a reform to the Church of Santa Ana in 1920 a small headstone of a parish cemetery old lies. In 1972 they decided to put it to a complete restoration that disappeared inside Baroque decoration. In 2010, after the restoration of its altarpiece, the parish all its splendor was returned.

It was classified as a monument in 1931.

This church of Santa Ana also has great importance today in the city of Seville since it hosts the following brotherhoods, among which we highlight the Pontifical Brotherhood of the Holy Sacrament and pure and clean Concepcion (Sacramental Brotherhood of the Esperanza de Triana). It organizes the procession of Corpus Christi parish and the Cathedral Friday penitential station:

  • Brotherhood of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Santa Madre Teresa of Jesus and the blessed souls. Dissolved in practice, while maintaining its Chapel and image.
  • Pontificia, Real e Ilustre Brotherhood of mother de Dios del Rosario, patron saint of foremen and bearers. Organize cults and procession in October.
  • Real, illustrious and fervent fraternity of the Divina Pastora of souls and Santa Ángela de la Cruz. Celebrated cults and procession in September, after reorganizing after several years without activity.

How to visit the Church of Santa Ana

The visits to this parish can be accompanied by a guide, but such visits only account with guides who speak Spanish. These are the following data to visit the Church of Santa Ana:

Price of the visit to the Church of Santa Ana:

Free

Timetable of visit to the Church of Santa Ana:

(Except August)

  • Monday to Thursday: 10:30 to 13:30 hours.
  • Friday: 11:00 to 13:30 hours.

The Church of Santa Ana-contact

Contact St. Anne’s Church: For the visit must be write with at least 4 days in advance to the following email turismo@santanatriana.org.

Some Saturdays, where religious acts are not performed are reserved so that groups of more than 20 people can visit the Church of Santa Ana

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Popularly known as the “Basílica de la Macarena”, this Catholic temple houses the most representative image of the Semana Santa de Sevilla, the lady called Maria Santísima de la Esperanza Macarena which along with our father Jesus of the sentence makes the station the morning of good Friday penance. The passage of this Christ performed his departure escorted by a century of Romans dressed in armor and red velvet.

History of the basilica of la Macarena

He was the Archbishop of the city by then, Pedro Segura y Sáenz who in 1941 blessed the land and laid the first stone of the building. Completed in 1949 and blessed month of March by the same Archbishop. This temple obtained the dignity of minor Basilica by Pope PabloVI becoming the first Seville Church in flaunting this dignity.

This single-nave building has four side chapels. It notably both the roof and the dressing rooms of the Macarena and the sentence, as well as the Altar of la Hispanidad, altarpiece that emerged from the brotherhood to thank the American people the amount of aid for the beautification of the Basilica. In the paintings of the Ibero-American patrons are arranged.

Legends of the basilica of la Macarena

Surrounding this famous brotherhood and above all, the famous carving of the Virgin, we find numerous legends that circulate in the city.

For example which has its arrival at the temple. The author of the carving is today completely unknown. The story of a merchant from Italy that stopped in Seville road to America circulates through all the Andalusian capital. Once in the Seville port the merchant willing to embark began to be wrong and decided to go to a hospital. Useless were the care of nuns that they tried to heal him since shortly after the man died, and not being able to find his family since the merchant came from Italy, the nuns were in charge of their possessions. No embargoes they were not many, just had a pouch that being open turned out to be an angelic size cover which was going to be sold in the new world. By the entire neighborhood ran the rumor of the great discovery that the nuns of the hospital had been found and this was nothing more and nothing less than the current bust of la Esperanza Macarena.

La Esperanza Macarena

Despite everything, the largest and most well-known legend that is spoken when it says “Macarena” is the following, which appeared in the newspaper “La Andaluza”. A journalist has, he watched the season of penance of the brotherhood when, approaching the palio of the Virgin a countryman who celebrated the holiday by drowning in alcohol, left a bar to observe such image. Without notice this threw the glass of nearly empty wine he carried in his right hand toward the figure with such accuracy that hit the cheek of the Virgin. Also ensures that years later could recognize the aggressor’s image wearing the Nazarene tunic and accompanying image. This legend would justify the damage that can be seen on his left cheek.

Without a doubt, this basilica both images which houses are must-see before leaving Seville since unveil the most characteristic and deep in the city: its traditions and passion.

How to see the basilica of the Macerena

Best time to visit the basilica of the Macarena:

Monday to Saturday from 9 to 14 and from 17 to 21 hours; Sundays and bank holidays from 9.30 to 14 hours and from 17 to 21 hours.

You can also contact the basilica of la Esperanza Macarena on + 34 954 901 800.

Price of the visit to the basilica of the Macarena:

Free

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The Giralda of Seville is the Bell Tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria of the headquarters and heritage according to UNESCO, accompanying the Cathedral and other monuments of Seville as the Alcázar and the General Archive of the Indies.

In origin, the Giralda was the minaret from the Almohad mosque during the Muslim domination of Seville and has a twin tower in Marrakesh (Morocco). In Muslim times, 12th century were built the first two bodies of the Tower, which reached a height of 82 meters and became the tallest building in Europe. The upper body, with space for 24 bells, was already built in the 16th century under Christian domination, in order to place the Bell Tower. In 1568 was placed the Giraldillo, a weathervane of 3,47 meters that crowns the top of the spectacular belfry.

For the visitor, the Giralda Moorish Muslim is a spectacular vision that combines the architectural styles and Renaissance Christian in a building of 97.5 meters in height; the more high of Spain during centuries and of Seville until 2015, year in which ended the construction of it known as Tower Pelli.

In addition, its location next to the enormous and grandiose Cathedral, opposite the Plaza del Triunfo and the back of the Patio de los Naranjos, makes that one who observes it is lit from a spell transported to another time. A vision that, without a doubt, any visitor can stop enjoying.

Its 104.1 meters (counting the Giraldillo) they can be observed from almost all over the city, achieving a spectacular view from the nearby Patio de Banderas or the inside of the Reales Alcazares.

Entering the Giralda is included in the visit to the Cathedral and to get to the top it is necessary to raise its 35 ramps, so wide that they fit a horse. However, despite the arduous ascent, the views are second to none and compensates for having the city at their feet while the visitor provides excellent vision that comes before him, just enough spectacular Cathedral of Seville.

How to see the Giralda

Schedules to see the Giralda:

  • Monday: 11:00 to 15:30 (16:30 to 18:00 visit audioguiada free with advance booking. In Spanish and English)
  • Tuesday to Saturday: from 11:00 to 17:00
  • Sunday: from 14:30 to 18:00

Prices to see the Giralda:

  • General admission: €8
  • Reduced entrance * €4: pensioners / students under 26 years
  • Free admission *: natives or residents in the Diocese of Seville / under 16 accompanied by an adult / disabled and a companion / unemployed

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Cathedral of Seville
March 62016

The Cathedral of Seville, officially called the Cathedral of Santa Maria of the headquarters is the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral and is next to the Alcazar, the General Archive of the Indies and the Giralda, one of the monuments of the city that lies within the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The temple is located on the site of the former mosque of Seville Aljama, building that was demolished by the Christians to begin the construction of the Cathedral during the 15th century, work that would culminate not completely in 1.593. Thanks to the long period of construction, we can appreciate different architectural styles, mainly Renaissance and Gothic, as well as Muslim mudejar art in the Patio de los Naranjos (old courtyard of ablutions of the Mosque) and the Giralda (former minaret that makes Bell function).

The Cathedral of Seville is a spectacular temple where we can find countless surprises as the tomb of Cristóbal Colón, Fernando III el Santo or call big custody, officially Blessed Sacrament an imposing work of silver that procession through the streets of Seville every year to 60 days of Domingo de Resurrección.

In addition, inside the temple can be seen to chancel, choir, the chapel of the alabaster, the organ and the tomb of Cristóbal Colón. Its exterior highlights the cover of baptism, that of the assumption, the San Miguel and the of the Prince, and the Iglesia del Sagrario, which is a temple built into the Cathedral.

Next to your interior visit must not stroll through its surroundings, enjoying the spectacular view of its porticoes and the Coronations of its facades. The sense of showmanship from different angles will undoubtedly generate a unique memory in the minds of the visitors.

How to view the Cathedral of Seville

Schedules to see the Cathedral of Seville:

  • Winter opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11’00 h a 17’30 h; Sunday 14 ‘ 30 h a 18’30 h.
  • Summer (July and August): Monday to Saturday from 9’30 h a 16’30 h; Sunday 14 ‘ 30 h a 18’30 h.

Prices to see the Cathedral of Seville:

  • General admission: €8.
  • Reduced input * €2: pensioners and students up to 25 years.
  • Free admission *: natives or residents in the Diocese of Seville, children under 15 years accompanied by an adult, disabled and a companion, and unemployed.

* Proving it through official document.

For more information consult the website of the Cathedral in www.catedraldesevilla.es

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General Archive of the Indies
March 12016

The General Archive of the Indies is located next to the Alcazar, the Giralda and the Cathedral of Seville, one of the heritage buildings recognized by UNESCO in Seville.

Promoted by Carlos III in 1785, its function was to unify the administration of the Spanish colonies in a single space since until then had archives in Simancas, Cádiz and Seville.

However, the construction of the building dates back to the reign of Felipe II, beginning in the year 1584. During this period it was well known as the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes of Seville the and was built since traders started their business around the Cathedral. In the days of rain, the market took place in the cathedral which led to the Council to build the columns with strings which still remain today.

Refurbished in 2008, the archive has more than 9 kilometers of shelves where they safe 43,000 files with 80 million pages and some 8,000 maps related to economic, social, political, religious, artistic history… of Spanish authorities in America and the Philippines.

For visitors who love history it is, without doubt, a unique space where to enjoy a heritage of incalculable value.

How to see the General Archive of the Indies?

Timetable for General Archive of the Indies:

Schedules:

  • Winter (16/09 – 15/06): Mon-Fri 8:00 to 15:00
  • Summer (16/06 – 15/09): Mon-Fri 8:00 to 14:30 pm

Prices to view the General Archive of the Indies:

  • Free entrance.

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The Maestranza bullring

The Maestranza bullring

Bullring in Seville

February 212016

The bullring of The Real Maestranza of Cavalry of Seville is the seat of the bullfights that take place in Seville. This is a spectacular and singular building that should be aware of the tourists that visit the city.

Bullring of original Seville was built in wood and dates back to the year 1,733, making it one of the oldest in Spain, in addition to being the first circular-shaped.

For lovers of bullfighting the Maestranza is considered square most important and largest bullfighting tradition of Spain, popularly nicknamed as the “Cathedral of el Toreo”. On the outskirts of the square, visitors can find statues dedicated to the Sevillian bullfighters who have triumphed over, highlighting the one dedicated to the torero Curro Romero.

In addition, the Maestranza has bullfighting Museum and a specialized library.

On the other hand, the bullring is owned by a Nobiliara Corporation, a group of aristocrats knights who carry out multiple activities of charity and social, of promoting support for bullfighting and Equestrian art.

The Maestranza bullfighting Museum

In the year 1989 was inaugurated on the outskirts of the square the Museo Taurino of the Real Maestranza de Caballeria. Those who visit it can find a fantastic journey through the history of bullfighting in the form of posters, paintings, costumes and lights, sculptures…

Should you wish to visit the Museum in group required that you fill out a form on this website.

How to view the Maestranza

Timetable to see the The Maestranza:

  • From 01 may to 31 may from Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 20:00
  • From the 01 nov to April 30 from Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 19:00
  • The 01 Oct to 31 oct from Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 20:00
  • From jun 01 to sep 30 from Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 23:00

Prices for The Maestranza:

  • General: €7
  • Reduced: € 4
  • Children: €3

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The Golden Tower

The Golden Tower

Maritime Museum

February 182016

The Golden Tower in Seville is a tower that served for centuries defensive in the city.

36 meters high, the first body of the three that compose it dates back to the year 1220, when the Almohad Governor of Seville ordered its construction. The second was during the 14th century, by order of King Pedro I the cruel. The third body, cylindrical to difference of from the other two dodecagonales, was built in 1760.

The Tower of gold has come close to disappearing on several occasions and has been thanks to the defense that she made the people of Seville which has reached our days. This was the case after the fatal earthquake in Lisbon in 1760 in which was so pitiful state proposed its demolition. Or during the revolution of 1968, where revolutionaries sold parts of the wall to be financed. In both cases it was the fierce opposition of the inhabitants of the city.

In addition to have been built in three stages, the Torre del Oro has been restored in many occasions, being the last in 2005, so it presents an unbeatable State. After being a defensive Tower and prison, it houses the Maritime Museum of Seville from the year 1944. In the Museum the visitor can enjoy ancient letters of navigation, scale models, maritime or recorded instruments.

The name of Torre del Oro is identified with the popular belief that it was the building in charge of storing the gold brought from America. However this is false since the denomination is above, Muslim, and is due to the glow reflecting on the river due to coating of lime and pressed straw.

How to see the Tower of gold

Schedules to see the Tower of gold:

  • Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 19:00 h.
  • Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 to 19:00 h.
  • Public holidays, closed.

Prices to see the Tower of gold:

  • Adults: €3
  • Children from 6 years, students and retired people accredited: €1,50
  • Monday the visit is free.

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Spain’s Seville square is one of the most representative of the city Seville monuments since its beauty has led her to be part of the backdrop for movies such as Star Wars Episode II, Lawrence of Arabia, the wind and the lion, or the dictator and the likes of game of Thrones series. The work of the architect Aníbal González was planned as the culmination to the Ibero-American exposition of 1929 which held the city.

The semicircular complex is virtually surrounded by María Luisa Park, so it is easier to enjoy a walk through the huge square without buildings or vehicles in the alerrededores. Visitors can find a channel that runs along the Plaza of Spain, whose course follows a one series of tiles with all the Spanish provinces. When you enter from the main entrance you will discover a spectacular view with an imposing fountain opposite the main building, flanked by galleries that follow the line of a water channel with three bridges, until you reach the lateral towers, while leaving behind Yes Grand María Luisa Park.

If the visitor walks bordering the channel you can enjoy the most exquisite tiles topped by busts of illustrious Spanish.

History of Spain’s square

The idea of the construction of the Plaza of Spain begins on a date as early as 1911, year in which the contest was filed. However, his work did not begin until 1914.

It was a pharaonic project, which came to work 1000 workers at the same time, in addition to the participation of other professionals of renown as Luis José of Casso and Aurelio Gómez Millán.

The majestic building is inaugurated after more than one decade of work in 1928. The beauty of the work, once finished, was such that impressed itself King Alfonso XIII, who was also very attentive to the progress of the works.

In the central hall of the Plaza of Spain were the headquarters of the captaincy General of the military region South (II), of greater importance within the Peninsula.

As main and most emblematic of the Ibero-American exposition of 1929 building hosted the opening ceremony. Also worth mentioning, that being the headquarters of captaincy, it is the place where every January 6 is celebrated the Easter military parade.

Other uses of the square of Spain

In addition to housing the headquarters of captaincy, Plaza of Spain houses other institutions in their different pavilions such as the delegation of the Government, the military museum and the Guadalquivir hydrographic Confederation.

How to view the square of Spain

Schedules of the Plaza of Spain

  • Monday to Sunday from 9:00 to 22:00.

Prices to see the Plaza of Spain

  • Free and open access.

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