Spain, Mar ’14 (Part 3 – Seville)

From Sierra Nevada, we went back to Granada and took a direct night train to Seville.

Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region and a hotbed for flamenco dance, especially in the Triana neighborhood. The city is known for its ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and its 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza bullring. The massive Gothic cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a famous minaret turned belltower, the Giralda.

We first settled in our cozy hotel and roamed around a shopping street right next door. We cycled slowly through the stunning architecture and enjoyed the slow pace of life here.

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, better known as Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Seville. It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.

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Seville Cathedral

The Giralda is a bell tower of the Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain. It was originally built as a minaret during the Moorish period, with a Renaissance style top subsequently added by Spaniards.

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Giralda (extreme right)
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Close-up

The Plaza de España is a plaza located in the Parque de María Luisa, in Seville, Spain built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. Representative of much of the regional architecture, this magnificent construction is highlighted with poly-chromatic ceramic tiles. The semicircular plaza has a diameter of 200 meters and is flanked by two spectacular towers and a bordering lake that are especially worth seeing. Plaza de España has been used for some of the scenes of episode II of George Lucas’ STAR WARS saga Attack of the clones.

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The magnificence

We then headed to Plaza de Toros but it was closed. The Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla is a bullring in Seville, Spain. During the annual Seville Fair in Seville, it is the site of one of the most well-known bullfighting festivals in the world. We only took a few photos of the outside gate.

From there, we continued to cycle to the main river. GPS and map reader – me and self-radar Liyang worked along well.

The Torre del Oro is a dodecagonal military watchtower in Seville, southern Spain, built by the Almohad dynasty in order to control access to Seville via the Guadalquivir river.

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Torre del Oro

We cycled along the river, and took a short rest by the river bank.

The Puente de Isabel II, Puente de Triana or Triana Bridge, is a bridge that connects the Triana neighborhood of Seville, Spain with the centre of the city.

We then crossed the bridge to explore the neighborhood. For a few years now, lovers have fastened padlocks to the railings of the Isabel II Bridge and thrown the keys into the Guadalquivir river to symbolize their love.

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Love-locks

We had a great time at the great city of Seville.

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