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Set on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville has a rich Moorish legacy. The streets in the historic quarter of the capital of Andalusia are lively. They house many constructions having been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO, and many districts are full of traditional culture, such as Triana and La Macarena.

Museums and art centres, theme parks, cinemas, theatres and clubs are some of the many leisure options on offer in Seville. Some of the festivities of this region reflect its devotion and folklore, including Easter Week and the April Fair, both declared to be of International Tourist Interest.

A blend of art traditions

Many civilisations have come and gone in the city of Seville. The Tartessians founded Hispalis, next to which in the year 207 B. C. the Romans built the standout settlement of Italica. The presence of the Moors, from 711 to 1248, left permanent imprints on the city. The end of the Cordovan Caliphate ( 11th century) led to the height of the Taifa Kingdom of Seville. The city lived its height of splendour thanks to the Discovery of America, since thanks to the immense trade carried out during that period in Seville, many mansions, stately homes, churches and convents were built.

At present, the monuments and buildings comprising the Cathedral (with its former minaret, the Giralda tower and its Orange Tree Courtyard), the Reales Alcázares palace (with its Mudejar decoration) and the Archive of the Indies (an example of Spanish Renaissance art), all declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO are the city’s emblem.

Another important Renaissance building is the Casa de Pilatos. We can also head to the Baroque façade of the Royal Tobacco Factory, San Telmo Palace, María Luisa Park and the Plaza de España.

On the banks of the Guadalquivir River are the Torre del Oro tower (home to the Naval Museum) and the emblematic Real Maestranza de Caballería bullring.

The centre of Seville offers its renowned streets, such as Sierpes or Campana and many churches, hospitals and Renaissance and Baroque palaces. In turn, La Macarena neighbourhood is home to the Alameda de Hércules boulevard, the Cinco Llagas hospital, La Macarena Basilica and San Lorenzo Church.

Another very Spanish area of the city is Triana, on the other riverbank. Its sailing history can be seen in Pureza, Betis and Alfarería streets and the Plaza del Altozano. The Parish Church of Santa Ana and the Chapel of Cristo de la Expiración intertwine with colourful houses and 19th century touches.

The Island of La Cartuja is located on this side of the river and is where the architectural legacy from the Universal Exhibition of 1992 mixes with the Monumental Site of La Cartuja and the Andalusian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Museums in Seville

A journey around Seville offers museums such as the Fine Arts Museum, one of the most important in Spain in its speciality. Works by El Greco, Velázquez, Zurbarán and Valdés Leal can be seen here, alongside its standout collection of paintings by Murillo.

In turn, the Cathedral Museum exhibits valuable collections of craftsmanship in precious metals, paintings, shrines, jewels and religious finery. For a full vision of the city’s Roman past, nothing beats the Provincial Archaeology Museum and the Condesa de Lebrija House-Museum. If you have time, pay a visit to the nearby Archaeological Site of Italica.

Not forgetting the Museum of Art and Popular Traditions and other art centres and galleries such as the Bullfighting Museum, the Focus Foundation or the San Clemente Monastery Exhibition Room.

What to see in the destination

Building of the General Archive of the Indies
Santa Cruz Neighbourhood
Seville Cathedral
Tobacco Factory (University Building)
El Divino Salvador Church-College
La Giralda tower
Torre del Oro tower
Real Alcázar palace in Seville
General Archive of the Indies
Santa Paula Convent
Seville Archaeological Museum
Seville Museum of Art and Popular Customs
Seville Museum of Fine Arts
Infanta Elena National Public Library-Provincial Library building in Seville
Santa Justa Station
The Cathedral, Alcázar fortress and Indias Archives in Seville

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Sevilla Card

It´s a card based on smart chip technology which allows the cardholder free access to a wide range of cultural and leisure activities inside a certain city or tourist area (depending on each city: museums, monuments, churches palaces, guided tours, public transport services, tourist bus, etc) inside a set period of time. Benefit as well from important discounts in different shops such as hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, entertainment shows, etc: our aim is to guarantee access by booking all the different services in advance and use them according to your preferences.
The cards include a comprehensive tourist guide book in different languages and a city map, in which you will find all the establishments that are included and all the information needed for planning your trip and move around the city: opening times, addresses, phone numbers, etc.

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Oficina de Turismo de la Estación de Renfe de Santa Justa
Av de Kansas City, s/n, Sevilla
41007 Sevilla
Email: Oficina de Turismo de la Estación de Renfe de Santa Justa

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