The ten most important monuments of Seville
23 marzo, 2015
Seville has an interesting history behind and that has made a mark in the city by the countless places and monuments which are worth seeing. Over this article, we will show the most important and the most visited ten monuments of Seville:
Santa Maria de la Sede Cathedral: (opened from Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 17:00 pm; Saturdays from 11:00 am to 16:00 pm; and Sundays from 14:00 pm to 16:00 pm).Seville Cathedral, ). Seville Cathedral is the third biggest cathedral of the world and it is located on an old Arabic mosque. After the Reconquest, the temple took the way we see it today, by mixing some different styles, like the Gothic, the Romanic, the Renaissance, the Mozarabic… However, the Cathedral is, for the most part, gothic. We only can see the Patio de los Naranjos and the Torre de la Giralda from the old mosque, whose belfry was also changed. Between the most amazing aspects from the Cathedral, we can see the stained glasses and the high vaulted ceiling, full of gothic pictures and architecture.
Giralda: (the same timetable as the Cathedral). The Giralda is the tower inherited from the old Arabic mosque. During the Arabic invasion, the Giralda was a little smaller than nowadays. After the Reconquest, the Giralda changed a little, by taking the aspect it looks today. Among the most amazing qualities of the Giralda, we can see the Giraldillo, the views you can obtain after going up to the tower and the architectonic aspects mixed in the outside.
Reales Alcazares: (opened from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:30 am to 17:00 pm. Sundays, opened from 10:30 am to 13:00 pm. Closed on Mondays). It is unknown the origin of this incredible architectonic ensemble, although it is believed it was built as a fortress because of the Normandy invasion in Seville. However, what is clear is that it was one of the most important palaces of Al-Andalus during the Arabic time. After the Reconquest, there were built some palaces, although only the walls and some ruins there only exist. Nowadays, the Alcazar inspires loads of film productions because of its extraordinary charming and its ambiance created by the beautiful gardens and the characteristics of each room.
Archivo de Indias: (opened from Mondays to Fridays from 10:30 am to 13:00 pm). The Archivo de Indias, also known as Edificio de la Lonja, was built for a different but from it has today. Originally, it was one the most known wholesale markets in the city. After the American conquest, the Archivo de Indias became the main source for those who wanted travel the New World. Among the uncountable volumes, the most important are those with the information about how Christopher Columbus travelled to the New World, the agricultural production of the New World, the variety of ways to arrive there and the new things found by the travelers.
Torre del Oro: (opened from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 am to 14:00 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 14:00 pm). The Torre del Oro is one for most known monuments of Seville. The Torre del Oro, built by the Arabic during their invasion, was jointed with another towers by a vast wall that guarded and protected Seville. When the Reconquest finished, the tower was known as Torre del Oro because of the golden colors of its structure and because of the golden saved there. Later, it was a Christian temple, although it is a maritime museum today.
Bullring Real Maestranza: (opened from Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00 am to 13:30 pm. Closed on Sundays and holidays). This bullring was built in the 18th century and it is one of the biggest bullrings of Spain. This bullring replaced one smallest. It has 116 balconies, where the most important is the Principe. It also has a bullfighting museum.
Puente de Triana: It is one of the most beautiful places in Seville due to the unique views and photos you can take there. This bridge, fully-built with iron and stone bars and sheets, brings closer the popular Triana district to Seville. It replaced one bridge built by the Arabic. In the morning, you can enjoy the canoeing competitions organized in the river; in the evening, walking there it is the best option, by seeing the reflection of the lights and of the lighted Torre del Oro.
Plaza de España: The Plaza de España, made by the known architect Aníbal González, was a present for Seville because of the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929. It is placed in one of the sides of the Parque de Maria Luisa (Maria Luisa Park), a paradise where you can be relaxed by walking in the night or spending the day. The most important characteristic of the Plaza de España is the number of ceramic decorated roundabout, which represent each region of Spain in alphabetical order. Thanks to it was built as a Pabellon de España for the Iberp-American Exposition of 1929, the Plaza de España main was not being the Seville University. Nowadays, is one of the most beautiful and emblematic monuments of the city. As a detail, the Plaza de España has the Military Museum of Seville.
Maria Luisa Park: (opened everyday from 8:00 am to 22:00 pm in Winter and from 8:00 am to 24:00 pm in Summer). This public park, which was declared Bien de Interés Cultural and Patrimonio Histórico de España (Historic Heritage of Spain), has an amazing extent of land of 34 h2, so the vegetation composed by more than 100 species can be extended by there. This park was part of the Palacio de San Telmo gardens and it was donated by the Montpensier duchess in Seville in 1893. A lot of people visit this singular place every day and on Sundays it becomes the place where children play. In addition, it has the Museum of Arts and Traditions, and the Archeology Museum of Seville, so having fun is very easy. As an important detail, the Parque de Maria Luisa as a bicycle rent service for visiting the park and doing sport.
Casa de Pilatos: (opened every day from 9:00 am to 18:00 pm). The Casa de Pilatos, in plateresque style with Arabic ceramic tile and a beautiful garden ensemble, began its construction by the end the 15th century for being the residence of Pedro Enríquez and Catalina de Ribera, a couple of noble Spanish. Their son, Fabrique de Ribera, finish the residence and, due to its travel to Jerusalem, the Casa de Pilatos began to be known like that. One of the most important aspects of this place is the antiquities and art collection that it has, like Romanic objects from Italica and the Francisco Pacheco’s frescos paintings on the top.