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Old Seville Walking Tour, Sevilla
Old Seville Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Sevilla
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
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Author: emma
This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Sevilla Map and Walks" in Google Play.
Seville is a city with a rich cultural heritage, mainly because of its varied history. Visitors can discover traces of Seville's rich historical background and culture in the old city area of Seville. Full of monumental sights and romantic scenes, central Seville is the subject of this walking tour.
Tour Stops and Attractions
Cathedral & Giralda
1) Cathedral & Giralda
Famous as a landmark of Seville, the Cathedral is also the largest religious site in Spain. It is an outstanding architectural monument which was completed in the 16th century. Its architecture is Gothic and it is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. The Cathedral is guarded by an older monument, La Giralda. The Giralda is an ancient minaret of a demolished mosque, and serves today as the bell-tower of the cathedral. The Giralda embodies two architectural influences in its structure, Spanish Renaissance and Moorish.
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Archbishop's Palace
2) Archbishop's Palace
The Archbishop's Palace or El Palacio Arzobispal in Seville is the seat of the Archdiocese of Seville and the residence of the current Archbishop. The building is yet another example of Gothic architecture in the city. The palace contains a wide collection of artworks that can be seen, unfortunately, only on special occasions.
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Convento de la Encarnación
3) Convento de la Encarnación
Convent of the Incarnation is another major religious site of Seville. It is to be found on the same square as the Seville cathedral and its Giralda. The Convent of the Incarnation is a 14th century monument whose Mudejar style facade has been preserved. If interested in exploring more thoroughly the architectural details, don't hesitate to enter the Convent and look closely at the nice chapel and tower inside.
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Church of Santa Cruz
4) Church of Santa Cruz
Housed in an 18th century building, the Church of Santa Cruz is another beautiful place of worship in Seville. Located between narrow streets, the church displays different facades in different places. So, check out a more recently renovated facade on Mateos Gago street or get a glimpse of an older face of the building on Ximénez de Enciso street. Also, the church contains various artworks inside that are definitely worth a look.
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Hospital de los Venerables
5) Hospital de los Venerables
Initially built as a retirement house for the aged, Hospital de los Venerables (Hospital of the Revered) has kept its original name till today. It is worth visiting for the great Baroque architecture and the art collection of the Valdes family.
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Royal Alcázar
6) Royal Alcázar
Seville has, like many other Spanish cities, a royal palace still used as a residence by the Spanish Royal Family. The Alcázar was originally a Moorish structure and is today one of the best examples of the Mudejar style. Visitors should take a look at the various rooms and halls that range from Islamic to the neoclassical style. Also, it is worth visiting the Ambassadors' Room and the historical gardens around it.
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Archive of the Indies
7) Archive of the Indies
The Archive of the Indies is a World Heritage Site located close to the Seville Cathedral. Besides being a unique piece of architecture, the Archive of the Indies serves as a repository that includes historical documents, such as maps and books about the Conquistadors and the discovery of the Americas. The building is designed by the famous Juan de Herrera in the Renaissance style.
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