Seville is a perfect destination to spend your holidays. Also, it has a rich history and popular for its orange trees, flamenco, especially in spring before the sun becomes extremely hot. Moreover, Seville is well-known by its diverse monuments, wonderful festivals and gorgeous gardens.
The Alcazar Palace is certainly one of the most magnificent monuments of Seville.The palace built in the seventh century and it still occasionally hosts the royal family when they visit Seville. In addition, back to the Middle Ages, the palace has been heavily affected by different architectural and cultural styles, extending from Gothic to Baroque.
Furthermore, the palace has many impressive attractions to discover the first one, if you enter the palace from Plaza del Triunfo along the Lion’s Gate, which is easily identified by the ceramic tile work depiction of the great beast, you will pass across different courtyards of stunning charm. Also, the palace is the Patio de Las Doncellas which was the center of public life, this section lets you discover several halls that are definitely worth exploring.
Secondly, the palace has the most beautiful gardens which are divided into separate sectionsand each one has its unique style, the first garden, Jardin Inglés, (English gardens) The Park built in 1909 and these gardens are a copy on those of the British Isles from 18 Centuries. The second garden called Jardin de la Vega Inclan is a gorgeous garden which consists of 20 mostly square flower beds that are separated by paths and fountains; also, these gardens took their inspiration from Islamic culture and the Renaissance.
The last Garden named garden of the Pond identified by a small statue of Mercury, the messenger of the Gods.
Thirdly, the Alcazar palace has also some wonderful parts such as Salon de Los Embajadores, (The Ambassadors Room) is an impressive room which is decorated with gilded cedar wood sculptures, tiles and complex plaster work It shows a beautiful example of the typical horse shoe arches.
El Patio del Yeso, (The Plaster Patio) This attractive garden decorated with beautiful flowers and streams maintains elements of the Almohad architectural style of the Moors from the 12 century.
Parque María Luisa :
Maria Luisa Park is one of the loveliest parks in Europe. was mostly built for exhibition at the 1929 World’s Fair and has remained one of Seville’s most popular sites .it has a spectacular park with half-mile of palms, elms, orange trees and Mediterranean pines, and covers with flower beds and dotted with hidden bowers, ponds, tiled benches, pavilions and fountains.
The most remarkable one of the city’s parks is the Parque de María Luisa located next to the Plaza de España. In this park, you can take a ride on a bicycle, a stroll, or be pulled by horse-drawn carriage along the gardens which is designed by French landscape architect Nicolas Forestier. In addition, you can find also some impressive buildings and museums within the park like The Costurero de la Reina (or the Queen’s Sewing Box) is a 19th-century castle like structure and a former sewing retreat for the wife of Spain’s King Alfonso XII. The Pabellón Mudéjar is home to the Museum of Arts and Traditions of Seville includes collections of antique lace and tiles, and traditional Andalucian craft man ships such as a tannery, silversmithing, ironwork, with recreated workshops and life-size figures.
Metropol Parasol is the largest wooden structure in the world built between 2005 and 2011.it has dimensions of 150 by 70 meters (490 by 230 ft) and an approximate height of 26 meters (85 ft) .moreover, the Metropol parasol situated at Encarnacion square in Seville‘s old city district; also the building attributes six gigantic umbrella-shaped structures made of birch wood imported from Finland this building is one of Seville’s newest architectural ventures which designed by the German architect named JURGEN MAYERHERMANN, this parasol has an antiquarian, home to a market place, restaurant, an open air plaza and as well as a panorama terrace on the upper level of the parasols.
Golden tower Torre Del Oro:
The golden tower is one of Seville’s noticeable monuments. It dominates the Guadalquivir river banks and it’s probably one of the most photographed sights of the city.
The Torre Del Oro built-in the 13th century during the Taifa kings, a time when Spain was attacked by the moors. its purpose was to protect Seville and prevent the Christians to attack it from the river. Today’s this tower is a naval museum you can discover different things such as nautical charts, models, prints, navigational instruments, ancient and historical documents.
Seville Cathedral De Santa Maria De La Sede :
Seville Cathedral is the third largest church and the biggest gothic building in Europe. Also, the cathedral built from 1402 to 1506 by the French master architect of ROUEN CATHEDRAL, its purpose is to prove the city’s power and wealth after the Reconquista.
The constructors of the church, conserved some elements from the old Almohad mosque and divided it into 2 parts the first one is the Moorish entrance court before entering the prayer hall is known today by patio de Los Naranjos comprised a fountain and orange trees. In addition, the second part is the most famous tower is GIRALADA formed by the ancient minaret of the mosque. However, you can go inside the church to discover the longest nave you find a large collection of artworks like paintings of Murillo and Zurbarán, gold-smithery of Juan de Arfe.
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