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Seville attractions

Seville is the main city of one of the most wonderful provinces of Spain, Andaluzia. For a very long time, from VIII to XIII century it was under the Arabs, which contributed to emergence of the most beautiful architectural style. In XIII century Spain took back the city, and already in XVI century, just after opening America, it obtained the right of monopoly trade with the New World. And needless to say that the privilege made it one of the richest and most prosperous cities of the time.

So variegated history made Seville one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. Its Old Town, located on the right side of the Guadalquivir, amazes by fine Arab buildings and magnificent structures of Catholic period.

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See (Spanish: Catedral de Santa María de la Sede), better known as Seville Cathedral, is the largest Gothic temple and the third-largest church in the world, after St. Peter`s Basilica of Rome and London`s St. Paul Cathedral. The temple was built on the site of a former mosque, which was larger than the cathedral. There remained only a minaret, which was later converted into a bell tower. The bell tower is called Giralda (weather-cock), as the sculpture of ‘Faith’ placed atop the structure is turned with the wind.

Near the cathedral there located Alcazar Castle, former residence of Spanish kings, built by Pedro I in XIV century. There was an old Arab castle on the site, but Spanish monarch had it considerably rebuilt. In Arab times there was planted a wonderful garden in the courtyard of Alcazar.

Seville has a very beautiful embankment. There located the famous Golden Tower, which remained from the old walls. Golden Tower dates back to 1220. It was just there that the ships from America were unloaded.

In the environs of Seville there are some interesting sights where you can make a short, one-day trip. Firstly, it is a small town Ronda south of Seville. It is located on the edge of deep ravine, which you can admire from the famous bridge. Also, you should go to Doniana National Park. It is located downstream of the Guadalquivir where it falls into the Atlantic Ocean. There you can see beautiful sandy dunes, picturesque shrubbery, and waterlogged lands. There dwell over 300 bird species, including herons, flamingoes, and golden eagles, etc.

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Golden Tower on Guadalquivir Embankment is a landmark of Seville
Square between the main cathedral of Seville and Alcazar Palace
Walls of the main cathedral of Seville are decorated with various bas reliefs 
The Giralda is a bell tower for the Cathedral of Seville (with the height of 116 meters) 
Cathedral of Seville is the largest Gothic church in Europe
Cathedral of Seville
Bas reliefs on the roofs of the Cathedral of Seville and the Giralda
Central Palace in the Square of Spain
Mosaics representing the largest cities of Spain are at the foot of the Central Palace in the Spain Square
Mosaic representing Barcelona at the foot of the Central Palace in Seville
Arches (bridges) over the canal at the Central Palace in the Spain Square of Seville
Square of Spain in Seville
Old walls of the Alcazar Royal Palace were erected by the Arab
Alcazar Royal Palace in Seville
Moorish ornaments on the walls of Alcazar Palace
Park in the court of Alcazar Palace in Seville
Buildings of Alcazar Palace, which appeared during the rule of Catholic kings
Buildings of Alcazar Palace, which appeared during the rule of Catholic kings
Moorish ligature on the walls of Alcazar Palace
Walks in the gardens of Alcazar Palace in Seville
Maze in the park of Alcazar Palace in Seville
In the garden of Alcazar Royal Palace
Rooms of Alcazar Palace dating back to the Arab period
Streets in the center of Seville
Golden Tower on Guadalquivir Embankment
Golden Tower is a symbol of Seville
Ful-flowing river Guadalquivir – it was just from here that Spainsh ships set out to the new colonies in America
Guadalquivir Embankment in Seville
Guadalquivir Embankment in Seville
Guadalquivir Embankment in Seville