Sevilla has a special color
by Jorge Sanchez - 3 years, 9 months ago
If you only have time to visit one of the 17 Spanish regions, called autonomies, then, do not hesitate, go to Andalucia!, which is the most historical, exotic, pleasant and beautiful part of Spain. Andalucia is a work of art, is a land unique in the world.
In this territory we preserve a living folklore, old traditions, flamenco music and dancing (do you know guitarist Paco de Lucia?), delicious gastronomy and wines, the Caliphate route, the Washington Irving route (the first north american ambassador in Spain, who wrote a book called Alhambra Tales), the Feria de Sevilla and Feria del Rocio, the 3000 years old legendary Kingdom of Tartessos, and etc., etc., etc. Indeed, Andalucia is rich in every cultural aspect beyond imagination.
And without doubt, the best city within Andalucia is its capital, Sevilla.
Sevilla is also rich in culture and, besides, it is always warm and its people live happily. It should be nominated the eight wonder of the world for its combination of beauty, history, excellent wheather and the happiness of its people.
Sevilla was founded in the times of the millenary Kingdom of Tartessos, which many historians identify with a fragment of the mythical lost Atlantis Continent. It was later capital of the Roman province Betica, giving two Caesars to the Empire: Publio Elio Adriano and Trajano, both born in Hispalis, old name of Sevilla. The former constructed the Adriano Wall in England, to protect Britannia from the Picts.
Greeks, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors have all left an imprint in this city of which every Spaniard feels proud.
If Madrid has its outstanding architect Juan de Herrera, and Barcelona its fantastic Antonio Gaudi, Sevilla has the genius Anibal Gonzalez, who erected our today most terrific Sevilla buildings. Other renowned genius and artists born in Sevilla were Velazquez, Murillo, Isidoro de Sevilla, Bartolome de las Casas, and a long list.
In Spain we say that all Spanish cities starting with the letter “S” are the most beautiful. And it is true: Segovia, Salamanca, Santander, Soria, Santiago de Compostela, Santillana del Mar, San Sebastian and, of course, numero uno: Sevilla.
The enchanting quarter known as Barrio de Santa Cruz is in the UNESCO list. Yo enter it through Jardin de Murillo, a lovely garden with ficus (fig-trees) having 300 years of age, then you can stop to admire the Balcony of The Barber of Seville, famous for the Rossini Opera (whose wife was Spanish). A few meters ahead you see the square called Murillo, where was his tomb before being destroyed by the Napoleonic troops, and 50 metres in front stands the statue of
Don Juan (the celebrated promiscuous and impenitent licentious man who thanks to his charisma and handsomeness conquered all the women), whose personage inspired Moliere, Mozart, Dumas, Lord Byron and our Jose Zorrilla. Finally, through labyrinth streets, you reach the square Los Venerables, near the narrow street de la Pimienta (Pepper) where in the Sevilla Golden Age were sold the spices from the Moluccas, in today Indonesia.
The Sevilla Cathedral is the third greatest in the world after Vatican’s in Rome and Saint Paul in London. Inside you will find Christopher Columbus tomb and the Giralda, the main Sevilla symbol, an old minaret transformed in Bell Tower.
Sevilla was liberated from the Moors by our King Fernando III, whose tumb is located inside the Cathedral.
Another symbol of that extraordinary city is the River Guadalquivir. I bought a ticket and enjoyed the one hour boat excursion. The journey starts in Torre del Oro, a Moorish fortress from the XIII century. Then we stopped in the caravel Victoria, reproduction of the one used by Magellan and after his death by Juan Sebastian Elcano. After that we passed under the beautiful bridge Triana, designed by Gustav Eiffel, and another one called El Alamillo made by Santiago Calatrava, the architect who designed the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in Valencia and the Olympic Stadium on Athens in 2004. In the way back we sow Carmen Statue, of Proper Merimee (composer of Carmen that Georges Bizet brought to the well known opera).
The lovliest Park in Sevilla is called Maria Luisa, sheltering its magnificent Plaza de Espana and its buildings built by Anibal Gonzalez. In that fabulous square were filmed “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Star Wars”.