Seville is a city where the seemingly impossible is real. It is a city where dreams can come true. And if you have thought of travelling to Seville, this is your year.
“Let's construct a church so large future generations will think we were mad.” This is how the Sevillians of the year 1401 translated the clergy’s determination to build the Cathedral. The Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic church in the world and the third largest Christian church of any style.
The Cathedral’s figures are staggering. It has 5 naves and 68 domes; it is 116 meters long, 76 meters wide, and at points 37 meters high. Additionally, it boasts the largest altarpiece of all Christian churches. And the bell tower, the Giralda, is the emblem of the city, standing 104 meters tall and housing 25 bells.
Because of the magnificence, architectural quality, and historic relevance of the Cathedral and the Giralda, these two structures have been declared World Cultural Heritage sites by UNESCO.
The Metropol Parasol is the largest wooden structure in the world. Popularly known as “Las Setas”, this unique construction designed by the prestigious architect Jürgen Mayer has already won a place of honor in the world’s collective imagination.
The viewing walkway of Las Setas (literally “The Mushrooms”) provides some of the best views of the city.tweet
The medieval walled city covers about four square kilometers of Seville’s downtown. It is the largest walled city in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. Within, one can find “impossible” streets, plazas where “time stands still”, and extraordinary monuments. Walking through the old city means refreshing your history...and not just Seville or Spain’s history, but also Europe’s and the world’s history.
Seville was the most important city in the world in the 16th century. It was the hub of maritime routes connecting Europe to America, and it was the strategic center for European traders of the time.
The quantity of culturally-relevant sites you can visit in the center of Seville is quite simply amazing. You can even create themes for walking routes based on different influences and different times. A few examples include Arabic Seville, American Seville, Baroque art in Seville, and the Palace Houses of Seville.
- You can go in a boat or kayak in the Guadalquivir, the only navigable river in Spain.
- Or you can see the exact spot from which Magellan departed on the First Voyage Around the World.
- What about exploring Italica, the first city of the Roman Empire built outside of Italy?
- Also you can discover the Royal Alcazar, the oldest palace still in use in Europe.
- Enjoy a healthy lifestyle, biking on the 180 kilometers of bike lanes in and around Seville.
- Stroll through the Alameda, originally the first public gardens in Europe, and now an enormous and lively plaza.