Las Chicas explore Sevilla’s beautiful parks, river front, and the old town. On our first afternoon, we walk across the street from our hotel through a park, snapping images of small peaceful fountains and pools like these:
We enjoy the fountains throughout Sevilla including this monument to Columbus,
and Lisa’s favorite with women on each side representing the four seasons.
We wander toward an open space and discover Plaza España, built in 1929 for the Hispano-Iberica World Exposition. The Spanish Pavilion from the Expo now houses government offices of Spain and Andalucia. Check out many photos of tiled decoration from this building in our previous blog post: Where in Spain are Las Chicas?
On Saturday night, Las Chicas get their first glimpse of the Sevilla riverside and the Torre del Oro, or Gold Tower. The tower was constructed as a military watchtower in the 13th century, with a 12-sided, dodecagonal, base. The stone tower was named for the golden hue it cast on the river from the mortar, mortar made from lime and hay.
On Sunday morning we visit María Luisa Park…
Moroccan pavillion from the 1929 Exposition
…and continue on to the Guadalquivir River. Spanish exploration and trade ships used the Guadalquivir to sail to the Atlantic.
Las Chicas on the Guadalquivir River
A fountain and tiled map reveal the river’s tributaires and path to the ocean
Next we make our way to Catedral de Sevilla, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Construction of the cathedral commenced around 1400 following the “Reconquista”, or the reclaiming of the Iberian peninsula from the Moors.
We arrive at Catedral de Sevilla at noon to find it closed for a special service. A definite disappointment. But despite the closure we are able to glimpse of this awesome nave and enjoy the light as dancing through the windows.
Adjacent to the cathedral is The Giralda. A former minaret, The Giralda was built in the 12th century and adorned with copper spheres at the top. The spheres fell during the earthquake in 1365, and were replaced with a bell tower and a cross during the construction of the cathedral.
En route to midday tapas, we pass by this unknown entrance on the side of the cathedral.
La Azotea graciously opens on Sunday for hungry travelers like us. Recommended by our friends, Janet and Neal, it does not disappoint. Our first tapa, tuna tartar and mango.
Then before leaving Sevilla, we again visit Plaza España. Tiled images of each region of Spain line the Plaza, including this one honoring Barcelona:
Which is where Las Chicas return after four lovely days in Sevilla.
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