Seville, Spain Day 24

I like Seville despite the fact that I was stying in the Macarena district and couldn’t get that damn song out of my head for 2 days! If only I could forget that horrible, horrible dance craze! 
The area was nice though. Basilica Macarena was just down the street, and it was maybe a 15-20 min. walk to the Seville Cathedral, which is the center of the old town. This city is all about monuments, churches and flamenco. 
It was a steaming hot day, which I’m not totally loving, but I’m slowly getting used to managing myself in the heat. Drink lots of water (or beer), stop and sit in the shade frequently and don’t power walk everywhere. That’s my problem, I walk super fast and then wonder why I’m so hot! I do think I have a wonky internal thermometer though. I’m walking around sweating and moaning, and I see people wearing wool sweaters, scarves and jeans just happy as can be. WTF? So not fair.
Orange tree in Seville, Spain.
My first photo of Seville of course had to be an orange tree! They’re all over town. Apparently the oranges are sour, and used for British marmalade!
Basilica de Macarena in Seville, Spain.
Basilica de la Macarena. The most revered statue in all of Seville is in this church. It’s called “Virgin of Hope” or the Spanish, La Macarena. She was created in the 17th century, and really quite beautiful.
Virgin Mary in the Basilica de Macarena in Seville, Spain.
La Macarena.
Palm tree and building in Seville, Spain.
I went to Casa de Pilatos, which is still a permanent residence to the Dukes os Medinaceli. It was nice, but I kind of wish I’d passed on this one and just went to the Alcazar, which was much bigger and grander. I got some good photo’s though, and it was interesting and different in its own way. It was built in the 16th century and is a mixture of Italian Renaissance and the Spanish Mudejar style.
Casa de Pilatos in Seville, Spain.
Casa de Pilatos in Seville, Spain.
The gorgeous courtyard. 
Statue of woman and baby in Casa de Pilatos in Seville, Spain.
So lovely!
Carved stone wall in Casa de Pilatos in Seville, Spain.
I’m kind of obsessed with the carved stone walls.
Seville Cathedral. This is right in the center of the old city, and it is definitely the landmark to use when you get lost. It is HUMONGOUS! Gigantic. I’ve never really seen anything quite like it. And inside? My pictures are always crappy when I don’t have enough light, and you can’t use flash in any of the churches (which still makes the pictures look bad) so my apologies for not showing it off properly. 
This church was completed in the 16th century and is the largest Gothic cathedral, and the third largest church in the world. Oh, and a guy named Christopher Columbus is spending eternity here as well. Pretty cool.
Seville Cathedral  in Seville, Spain.
Seville Cathedral.
Christopher Columbus tomb in Seville Cathedral  in Seville, Spain.
This is Christopher Columbus’ tomb.
Arched ceilings in Seville Cathedral  in Seville, Spain.
Pretty high ceilings here!
Virgin Mary and baby Jesus in Seville Cathedral  in Seville, Spain.
If you could see this in it’s entirety you may think what I thought. “Isn’t this just a little bit over the top?”
The Alcazar. Also known as the Royal Palace. It was phenomenal. The outside misleads you to think that the inside will be pretty but not as ornate as it truly is. You get in and it’s like WOW! So much decoration, intricate detail, incredible diversity of styles, eras and ethnicity’s. 
This is where you can truly see the Islamic influence in Seville. The Moor’s ruled here for over 500 years, so it was more than mere influence, for a very long time it was dominance! I love Eastern art, so this palace was a feast for my eyes. 
I just sat in one of the courtyards for over half an hour, partly because I was taking it all in, and mostly because it was nice and cool… 
The Alcazar, or Royal Palace in Seville, Spain.
The Alcazar.
Carved stone wall in The Alcazar, or Royal Palace in Seville, Spain.
Incredible detail!
Courtyard in The Alcazar, or Royal Palace in Seville, Spain.
The courtyard.
Carved stone wall in The Alcazar, or Royal Palace in Seville, Spain.
Carved stone.
Arched doorway in The Alcazar, or Royal Palace in Seville, Spain.
Wooden door in The Alcazar, or Royal Palace in Seville, Spain.
Wooden door.
Mosaic tile wall in The Alcazar, or Royal Palace in Seville, Spain.
Mosaic tiles.
The Alcazar, or Royal Palace in Seville, Spain.
The Alcazar, or Royal Palace in Seville, Spain.
I think it’s kind of funny that I spent my day first in the small cathedral (Macarena) then the large one (Seville) and then the small palace (Casa de Pilatos) then the large one (Alcazar.) 
The lesson learned here is do your research before you set out so you see only exactly what you want to see. I enjoyed all of my stops today, but I probably wouldn’t have spent the money on the entrance fee at Casa de Pilatos if I’d been more aware of The Alcazar. Believe me when I tell you that the entrance fees to all of the sites and museums in Europe add up (big time) so if you do your homework you will save money. I have no regrets though, because I loved every single minute of the time I spent in Seville.
Bowl of olives and beer in Seville, Spain street cafe.
Having a little snack before I go in to watch my flamenco show.

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2 Responses to Seville, Spain Day 24

  1. Katharine Hamer May 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    The first photo I took in Seville was of the orange trees, too! Gerry didn’t believe they were real. We also went to the same little place to see flamenco 🙂

  2. Andrea May 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Wasn’t the flamenco amazing? I was just enthralled with it!

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