Thursday, June 14, 2012

Seville - The Alcazar & the Cathedral

Our next stop of our tour of Spain brought us to Seville.

What’s a town in this part of Spain without an Alcazar ??

We thought that this particular Alcazar was in better condition that at Granada; a bit smaller too but just as nice & peaceful as Alhambra. It had all the features you come to expect from these sort of buildings – beautifully decorated walls, arches; gardens with water features & citrus trees.

Plaza de España

Built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.

A visit to the Bullfighting Arena of Seville

It looks like any normal bullfighting arena but this one does have a museum to bullfighting.

The arena all cleaned up after the bull fight

The Cathedral of Seville

The Cathedral of Seville was built from 1401 to 1519, on the site of the former Muslim mosque.

Apparently, it is the third largest church in the world & the largest Gothic cathedral.

It incorporated the former minaret of the mosque – they converted it into a bell tower (it’s called “La Giralda”). You can walk up to the top of the bell tower by ramps (wide enough for a horse) to get some pretty spectacular view of the city.

I have to say that after the Alcazar, both Tania & I found the Cathedral to be a bit grim (it is a Gothic cathedral after all). The highlight was seeing the tomb of Christopher Columbus. It is a quite impressive tomb – four pall bearers (representing the kingdoms of Spain at the time) carrying the remains

The supposed tomb of Chrisopher Columbus

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