The Cathedral and the Giralda Tower.
The city’s main symbol is its cathedral, which was built on the ruins of an ancient mosque. This large cathedral has several naves with vaulted ceilings and gilded decorations. The main altarpiece is the Retablo Mayor, a large structure decorated with golden statues. Some of the halls have been transformed into galleries filled with antique goblets that were used during mass.
After touring the inside of the cathedral visitors can climb up to the top of the Giralda Tower. This tower used to be part of the mosque’s minaret and was later transformed into a more traditional bell tower. The bell tower has views towards the city center, with rooftops that now have terraces and pools, and the city’s river, the Guadalquivir river. The cathedral has a patio lined with orange trees and stone decorations.
Located in the Barrio de Santa Cruz area, the Alcazar is steps away from the cathedral square. The Alcazar fortress was built during the reign of the Moors’ and is known for its various architectural styles, including the initial mudejar style. During the Reconquista period, the Alcazar belonged to the Spanish kings and is now an historical palace with many decorated halls and gardens, built in styles that vary from mudejar to Gothic. Each one of the halls at the Alcazar has its own design, which varies on the ruler who ruled during that period. The gardens are filled with tiled fountains and many plants.
The cathedral square, located next to the Alcazar, is filled with horse-drawn carriages. Visitors can rent a carriage to explore the city in a more traditional way, and many carriage rides include a fun trip along the banks of the Guadalquivir river and the María Luisa park, a stunning park located south of the city center that is known for its ceramic-tiled niches and green paths.
The Barrio de Santa Cruz.
This historical neighbourhood is located in the city center. Its most famous landmarks are the city’s grand cathedral and the Alcazar fortress. The area between these two monuments used to be the city’s Jewish Quarter. Nowadays visitors can walk along the cobblestone streets decorated with stones arches and filled with traditional shops selling local handicrafts. There are many bars and restaurants in this area, and most of the plazas have a terrace bar where visitors can enjoy a drink under an orange tree. The most famous square is the Doña Elvira square. There are several fountains and parterre gardens decorating it, and small iron wrought balconies face the square.
The Barrio de Triana.
The district of Triana is one of the city’s most popular districts. The area has many flamenco bars, which can be explained by the abundance of flamenco dancers and singers in the area. This district is located on one side of the Guadalquivir river, opposite the historical city center. This are can be reached by crossing one of the many bridges across the Guadalquivir, including the Isabel II bridge. There are many landmarks in this area of this city.
Some of Seville’s best tapas bars can be found in this area. There are overpriced terrace bars on the banks of the river and smaller, family-owned bars that can only be found by wandering aimlessly along the streets. Try a local beer accompanied by large green stuffed olives, and then order a local wine with a plate of fried squid.
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