While traveling throughout Spain, I’d have to say that Sevilla is one of my favorite cities. I went with my program and though it was rushed, I was very happy I got to see this city. Our first stop was the Plaza de España. This half crescent shaped building is a symbol of embrace to the American colonies from Spain. It is one of the largest tourist attractions in Spain and has been featured in many films. Most famously, it was depicted as the city of Naboo in Star Wars: Episode ll. There are beautiful fountains and Arabic style archways. There is also a canal where you can rent a boat and get some wonderful photographs. This building faces the Parque de María Luisa where you can take a stroll and enjoy the massive architecture as well as the beautiful forestry.
After our visit to the Plaza de España, we went to the Catedral de Santa María. This 16th century cathedral was as magnificent on the outside as it was on the inside. From the outside, you can see towers of intricate carvings and sculptures. Inside there are numerous paintings, chapels, sculptures, carvings and much more. This was actually declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Here is also where the remains of Christopher Columbus are. I did not know that this was where his remains were until I was standing under them! There is a large metal casket that is held up by four giant metal male statues. I was so in awe! I also had a chance to go in the highest tower and look out over the city. It’s a must to go visit while in Sevilla!
After lunch we headed to the Royal Alcázar. Again there was beautiful Arabic architecture, similar to what I saw in the Plaza de España. There were beautiful gardens which I hope to one day revisit in the spring. This is actually where Game of Thrones was filmed for part of season 5! The city of Dorne was depicted here, mostly featuring the Arabic baths and gardens. This was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. I really love to visit these precious places filled with such rich history. Sevilla is a worth while city to visit and I can’t wait to return! I hope these few experiences I shared with you convinced you to go as well!