Tag Archives: Sevilla

Seville – Plaza de España

The Plaza de España is a magnificent square – sorry – a magnificent semicircular piazza that was designed as the centrepiece for the Latin American Exposition of 1929. Two hundred metres wide, it is almost entirely covered with glazed tiles that depict historical scenes and pictures of other Spanish related subjects.

Other blogs by Robert Bovington:

 

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”
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Sevilla – Fábrica Real de Tabacos

The Fábrica Real de Tabacos was the original tobacco factory – the one immortalised in the opera Carmen. Nowadays, it is part of Sevilla University. When the original factory was built in 1725 it was the second-largest building in Spain after El Escorial! It is an imposing Baroque and Rococo building.

Other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Sevilla – Torre del Oro

The Torre del Oro is a 13th-century Moorish watchtower. There are varying opinions as to how it this dodecahedral tower got its name. Some say that the tower was originally adorned with gold leaf; others say that it was used as a warehouse to store gold from the New World expeditions. Perhaps a simpler explanation is that it is golden in colour!

Sevilla - Torre del Oro

 

 

Sevilla – Fábrica Real de Tabacos

The Fábrica Real de Tabacos was the original tobacco factory – the one immortalised in the opera Carmen. Nowadays, it is part of Sevilla University. When the original factory was built in 1725 it was the second-largest building in Spain after El Escorial! It is an imposing Baroque and Rococo building.

La Giralda, Seville

The Giralda is one of Sevilla’s ‘must see’ landmarks. The famous bell tower is the symbol of the city of Sevilla and it is matter of debate whether the Giralda or the Cathedral is the most spectacular of the city’s great monuments. It doesn’t matter! In guide books the two buildings are often treated as separate entities but, in fact, the Giralda is part of the Cathedral complex, albeit a spectacular one!
A beautiful structure that blends in harmoniously with the Cathedral, it was built as a minaret by the Almohads in the 12th century. Later, the Christians turned it into a bell tower and added the balconies and the spire topped with the enormous weather vane – giraldillo – from which it gets its name.

La Giralda is situated on the north side of the Cathedral, in the delightful Court of the Orange Trees.