Seville, Spain

May 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm Leave a comment

During our stay in Portugal, Donna and I decided to take a day and have a short visit to Seville, Spain.  We left very early in the morning on our tour bus and a beautiful sunrise greeted us as we were on our way.

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Just as we crossed the border into Spain, the bus stopped at a quaint little restaurant.  As I stepped out of the bus I got an overwhelming fragrance of orange blossoms coming from all the orange trees surrounding us.  What a glorious way to start the day!  The little restaurant was so cute, with its tiled walls, and friendly & quick service.

Quaint little restaurant just inside the Spanish border

Quaint little restaurant just inside the border of Spain

Restaurant interior

Restaurant interior

Soon we were back on the road and on our way to Seville.  When we arrived the first place we visited was the Cathedral of Seville.  The construction on the massive structure began in 1402 and is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.

The Cathedral of Seville

The Cathedral of Seville

Close-up of the antiquate workmanship on the Cathedral

Close-up of the intricate workmanship on the Cathedral

The Giralda is the bell tower of the Cathedral. Its height is 343 feet.

The Cathedral showing The Giraldo (the bell tower)

The Cathedral showing The Giraldo (the bell tower)

The interior is absolutely magnificent!  We saw the tomb of Christopher Columbus and the Cardinal Cervantes as well as so many other ornate and beautiful things.  Way too much to see in just one short visit.

Tomb of Cardinal Cervantes

Tomb of Cardinal Cervantes

Beautiful stain glass windows throughout the Cathedral

Beautiful stain glass windows throughout the Cathedral

There are several alters within the Cathedral.  The main altar was under renovation but this is one of the beautiful ones we got to see.

Altare dell'Argento (Silver Alter)

Altare dell’Argento (Silver Alter)

The tomb of Christopher Columbus

The tomb of Christopher Columbus

The interior of the Cathedral

The interior of the Cathedral

Just across the square is the Alcazar Palace, the oldest European royal residence.  It’s actually a group of buildings, each with a different architectural design.  This palace was originally built as a fort and the fort walls still surround it.  To this day the royal family uses the palace while they’re in Seville

The wall surrounding the Royal Palace

The wall surrounding the Royal Palace

Beautiful courtyard inside the palace

Beautiful courtyard inside the palace

Beautiful tile work

Impressive tile work

Gorgeous architecture

Gorgeous architecture

We had a short amount of time to sit and have a bite to eat at a lovely sidewalk café alongside a row of orange trees while we watched people from all over the world walk past.  Then back to the front of the Cathedral to take a picture of the Camino de Santiago clamshell marker.  This branch of the trail, the Via de la Plata is the longest of the pilgrim routes in Spain.  My sister Bonnie is planning on walking the trail in a couple of years so she was thrilled that we saw the starting of the trail from Seville.

Clamshell marking the beginning of the Via de la Plata leg of the Santiago Trail.

Clamshell marking the beginning of the Via de la Plata.  

We walked the 1/4 mile of the trail back to the Guadalquiver River and the Torre del Oro, or Golden Tower, the golden tiles on the original roof giving the tower its name.  The tower sits right alongside the river which is lined with orange and palm trees.  An awesome sight and an easy landmark to find your way back to the river.

Torre del Oro, or Golden Tower

Torre del Oro, or Golden Tower

From there we took a one hour boat tour up and down the river.

Houses and cafes along the Guadalquiver River

A cafe along the Guadalquiver River

The Triana bridge One of the many crossing the river

The Triana bridge.  One of the many bridges crossing the river

houses along the river

Houses along the river

After a busy, busy day it was time to get back into our bus and head back to the Algarve.

My next post will be about our stay in Lisbon.

 

 

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