Sevilla, Andalusia´s Capital.
The character of the city of Sevilla is a mixture of many cultures.
Seville, one of the most important cities in the ancient world …
What would become New York today …
Sevilla and the discovery of America.
The discovery of the Americas was a boost to Spain’s economy.
But that boost served only to finance the country’s wars.
No matter how much gold entered Spain, in the end there was nothing left.
Constructions related to the commerce of America.
The Royal Shipyards:
Where the naval industry of the Crown of Castile centered in the city.
Unfortunately, We can only visit it by watching Game of Thrones.
To secure the gold and merchandise of the new continent were built:
The Royal Mint of Sevilla.
Very close to the wall that protected the city.
The Torre de la Plata.
Of course, also , the Torre del Oro.
So called because the material with which it was built:
Mortar, lime and pressed straw gave that golden feeling.
It is considered that its name comes from the golden tower…
Due to the construction materials.
The Archive of the Indies of Sevilla.
This building began as a Lonja…
To remove the merchants from the doors of the Gothic Cathedral of Seville.
Because when it rained, they entered the cathedral to close their businesses.
The cathedral council installs chains and hires “security” personnel to prevent them from entering.
As a consequence, they built the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes in Seville.
King Carlos III ordered in 1785 to condition the building to center on it…
All the documentation of the Spanish colonies.
The walls of Sevilla.
The shutters (accesses through the wall).
That we can see today in Seville are:
First: the Puerta de la Macarena.
Second: the Puerta Real.
Tridht: the Postigo del Aceite:
The only one still standing.
In it we can see the rails where the planks were placed…
To prevent the entry of water into the city and protect it from floods.
Triana and the Guadalquivir river.
Rodrigo de Triana was the first to give notice of the sighting of the new land.
The city of Seville was protected by the wall.
This made access to it difficult.
For this reason it was customary for sailors and immigrants to live in this neighborhood.
Much freer than the city of Seville.
Triana hosted the first dizzying university.
And years later it created a school to shelter the orphans of these sailors and give them training.
Over the years, this school suffered a fire.
That is why it was decided to build the Palace of San Telmo.
Today this palace houses the presidency of the Junta de Andalucía.
Also can only be visited with previous appointments and in groups.
Triana: tablaos and flamenco.
Triana is historically considered one of the cradles of flamenco.
This neighborhood saw the birth and growth of this art…
To the point of becoming the neuralgic center of flamenco during the 18th and 19th centuries.
In fact, numerous flamenco artists and masters have come out of this Sevillian neighborhood.
The Soleá de Triana.
Triana has its own style of flamenco singing and dance known as the Soleá de Triana.
It is said that the first flamenco shows were made in small gatherings and family gatherings.
Later it acquired a public character when it began to be performed in theaters and singing cafes.
Which were halls with tablao and chairs for the public…
In which flamenco shows began to be seen in Triana.
Los tablaos of Triana.
These singing cafés were precisely the origin of today’s flamenco tablaos.
Nowadays flamenco shows can be seen in many corners of Seville.
Where tablaos have proliferated in which shows especially aimed at tourists are held daily.
But in Triana there are also other kinds of places…
That have become famous over the years for keeping the authentic spirit of flamenco alive.
Venues such as El Mantoncillo (C / Alfarería, 104)
Or Casa Anselma (C / Pagés del Corro, 49).
Are places of reference in Triana for their live flamenco shows…
In which the public itself starts to sing and dance.
They are traditional taverns in which true flamenco is worshiped.
The Lola de los Reyes tavern (C / Blas Infante, 6).
is also known in Triana for its live flamenco shows, which you can enjoy without crowds.
And if you are in this emblematic neighborhood, you cannot stop going to Betis Street…
Which is full of bars and terraces with a lot of atmosphere.
Also where you will also find places with live flamenco such as:
Lo Nuestro (C / Betis, 31).
Sevilla, cradle of inspiration for universal literature.
Many are the famous writers who for centuries have set their works in Seville.
Let’s just take 10 examples:
El burlador of Seville (Tirso De Molina).
Don Juan Tenorio (José Zorrilla).
Carmen (Prospero Merimée).
Rinconete and Cortadillo (Miguel de Cervantes).
The Colloquium of the Dogs (Exemplary Novels, Miguel de Cervantes).
Guzmán de Alfarache (Mateo Alemán).The Star of Seville (Lope de Vega).
Don Alvaro or the force of fate (Duque de Rivas).
Rhymes and Legends (Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer).
The Grand Inquisitor (Dostoevski).
Sevilla and the Universal Exhibition of 1929.
The María Luisa Park.
One of the green lungs of Seville.
It was his first urban park and has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest.
Also for the 29th Exposition that the María Luisa Park changed its appearance forever.
For this event, both the Plaza de América and the Plaza de España in Seville were integrated into the park.
The symbols of the Plaza de España in Sevilla.
This is evident in its architecture.
The set has a semi-elliptical shape to emulate a hug.
It is the embrace of Spain to its formerly conquered American territories.
Also a way of welcoming everyone who steps on it in a friendly way.
The construction of the Plaza de España in Seville is made with:
Exposed brick, ceramic, wrought iron and marble.
They are the typical materials of Andalusian regionalist architecture.
In addition, the complex includes an estuary or channel that can be crossed by four bridges.
These four bridges represent the 4 ancient kingdoms of Spain:
León, Castilla, Aragón and Navarra.
The Plaza de España in Sevilla and the universal cinema.
Here part of “Episode II. Attack of the clones”.
This is the second installment of the second Star Wars trilogy.
Films like Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962) chose this unique space to set their stories.
Also The Wind and the Lion (John Milius, 1975), starring Sean Connery.
Another more recent example is El dictatador, shot in 2011 in Seville.
It is the film of the provocative comic Sacha Baron Cohen.
The Plaza de España in Seville became an oriental palace.
Of course, also with some digital tweaks.
Without a doubt, another reason for lovers of curiosities of Seville to visit it.
Where to eat in Sevilla.
Manor house that surprises with its beautiful exteriors.
The rooms, with a Castilian air, are defined by the profusion of wood and stained glass.
Here the specialty is Lechazo (tender lamb).
The young couple at the helm met working at El Celler de Can Roca.
It is born between brothers and owes its name to a famous neighborhood in New York.
Current menu and good fish.
Traditional menu specializing in cold cuts from the Sierra de Huelva and Andalusian home cooking.
Also working with fish and fried foods.
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