Old Seville Walking Tour (Self Guided), Seville

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.
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Old Seville Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Old Seville Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Seville (See other walking tours in Seville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Author: emma
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Catedral de Sevilla & Giralda
  • Palacio Arzobispal
  • Convento de la Encarnación
  • Iglesia de Santa Cruz
  • Hospital de los Venerables / Centro Velázquez
  • Real Alcázar
  • Archivo General de Indias
Catedral de Sevilla & Giralda

1) Catedral de Sevilla & Giralda (must see)

Famous as a landmark of Sevilla, the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede is also the largest religious site in Spain. An outstanding architectural monument, it was completed in the 16th century. Its architecture is obviously Gothic and it is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. The Cathedral is guarded by La Giralda – an ancient minaret of a demolished mosque that today serves as the Cathedral's bell-tower. The Giralda embodies two architectural influences in its structure: Spanish Renaissance and Moorish.

Why You Should Visit:
Along with those of Granada and Toledo, this Cathedral is surely one of the most impressive and beautiful in Spain.
From each one of Giralda's ramps, you have small windows from which you can take photos of the amazing details of the Cathedral's roofs and spikes.

Come early or go online to book the rooftop tour! You can also climb up the Giralda tower (free on Mondays) to get an eagle's eye view of Sevilla.
Don't miss the tomb of Columbus right off the altar, and consider buying the combined ticket with Iglesia Divino Salvador, which is a marvel by itself.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 11am-3:30pm; Tue-Sat: 11am-5pm; Sun: 2:30-6pm (Sep-Jun); Mon: 10:30am-4:00pm; Tue-Sat: 10:30am-6pm; Sun: 2-7pm (Jul-Aug)
This schedule can be seen modified without notice by the celebration of liturgies inside the enclosure
Palacio Arzobispal

2) Palacio Arzobispal (must see)

The Archbishop's Palace or El Palacio Arzobispal in Seville has served as the residence of bishops and archbishops of the episcopal sees and numerous nobleman and military figures to the present time. Of Spanish Baroque architectural style, it is impressive both for its architectural beauty as for its colorful character and has had the status of National Monument since 1969.

After many years of very restricted access, you can visit the interior of this artistic gem of Seville. The palace has an important artistic heritage consisting of paintings and sculptures from the Seville Baroque period, spread through the palace, surpassed only in Seville by the Museum of Fine Arts and the Seville Cathedral, becoming the third gallery of the city. The palace contains works by painters such as Francisco Herrera el Viejo, Francisco Pacheco, Zurbarán, Murillo, Antonio Palomino, and Juan de Espinal. There are also collections from the Italian and Dutch baroque schools.

Why You Should Visit:
A visit is worthwhile not only for the certainly impressive facade but also for the value of the palace's treasured pictorial works; however, note that all visits must be guided and are somewhat fast-paced.
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.
Iglesia de Santa Cruz

4) Iglesia de Santa Cruz (must see)

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. The interior is fairly restrained, with an elegant feel, not overwhelmed by gilding. Free to visit!
Hospital de los Venerables / Centro Velázquez

5) Hospital de los Venerables / Centro Velázquez (must see)

Initially built as a residence for elderly, poor and disabled priests, Hospital de los Venerables is a baroque 17th-century building with two floors that currently houses the Velázquez Center, dedicated to the famous painter Diego Velázquez. There are about a dozen works of art by renowned local artists, including the "Imposición de la casulla a San Ildefonso" by Velázquez and the "Portrait of Martinez Montanes" (1616) by Francisco Varela, both owned by the City of Seville. The building itself is beautiful and well worth a look for its spectacularly painted ceilings.

Why You Should Visit:
To explore one of Seville's best-preserved Baroque structures, including its beautiful courtyard/cloister that remains almost identical to when it was built.
Included in the price is an audio guide which is very clear and very informative on the art displayed. The chapel is also very nice & the park across the street is a neat place for a picnic lunch.

Try to visit when an organ recital is scheduled, as this place has of the most advanced organs in the city.

Opening Hours:
Thu-Sun: 10am–2pm (last entry: 30 mins before closing)
Free admission on the first Thursday of every month
Real Alcázar

6) Real Alcázar (must see)

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. If you take it slowly you can appreciate Arab, Jewish and Christian craftsmanship in a harmony that makes you reflect on tolerance and respect between different cultures and religions. In particular, the Patio de las Doncellas (Courtyard of the Maidens) is a gem to discover. Also worth visiting is the Hall of Ambassadors and the historic gardens around it, and if you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you should not miss a visit to the "Water Gardens of Dorne".

If you want to visit the high rooms, make sure you purchase tickets well in advance online (this will also enable you to skip the queue).
It’s worth paying an extra €6 for the audio guide as you get to listen to all the history.

Opening Hours:
During the months of October and March, tours begin at: 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm
From 1st April to 30th September, tours begin at: 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm, 10:30pm
Monday from 6 to 7pm (Apr-Sep), and from 4 to 5pm (Oct-Mar): Free admission
Archivo General de Indias

7) Archivo General de Indias (must see)

The Archive of the Indies is a World Heritage Site located close to the Seville Cathedral. Besides being a unique piece of architecture, it serves as a repository that includes as many as 43,000 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.

Why You Should Visit:
Not only is this an amazing building and a work of remarkable architecture, but also a place that calls for reflection.
On the walls, you can see plaques and reminders of everything that the Spanish Crown extracted from Latin America.
The story of the so-called New World is presented as an open book on the walls of this archive. Very interesting.

One of the most interesting exhibits is on the ground floor – the 1616 cannon from the "Nuestra Señora de Atocha" which was a treasure-laden ship that sank in a storm on the way back to Spain from Havana. This one exhibit is enough to make the visit memorable – don't miss it!

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9:30am-4:45pm; Sun: 10am-2pm
Free admission

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