23.8.11

Spanish vacations - Sevilla

Sevilla is the capital of Andalusia, on the river Guadalquivir.

Following the Romans, Vandals and Visigoths came the Moorish era, as from 712 to 1248. The Moorish architecture survived somehow also through the Christian times, the Mudéjar style.

The Moor’s Palace became in the 14th century the Castillian royal residence, the Alcazar. The buildings and gardens were developed through the 12th and 17th centuries.

The cathedral in Gothic style was built during the 15th century. Its bell tower, the Giralda, is a rebuilt minaret. Sevilla had for a long time after Columbus the monopoly for trade with the Spanish Americas. All the gold to be seen in the cathedral remains as a proof of the richness of the city. Columbus’ remains (at least supposed to be) are in an imposing catafalque in the cathedral.

I captured the rowing ladies above at the Plaza de Espana, a gigantic place and "palace" built for an Ibero-American World's Fair in 1929.

There is a lot more to be seen; it’s a true pleasure to walk through the city. I will make a second post about Sevilla.

I just realised that by registering my little video on You Tube, the image quality is better than when integrating the video directly. So, I changed to You Tube also on the two preceding Spanish posts.

You may listen to some local Sevillan music and to Alexandre Lagoya playing “Romance” (Jeux Interdits).

28 comments:

Olivier said...

superbe, j'adore la deuxieme photo

Trotter said...

Hi Peter! Fabulous!! And probably not so hot this summer... ;)

The present post at Blogtrotter Two shows two wonders in Corsica: the views from Le Goeland Hotel room 15 and the Bocche di Bonifacio! Enjoy and have a wonderful week ahead!

Cheri said...

Beautiful!

Giralquivir said...

Peter, je lit ton blog normalmente, puis que je suis amoureux de Paris.
Mais je suis né a Séville et j'attendais ton post sur Séville avec beaucoup d'impatience depuis ta marche.

Je suis très content après l'avoir lu. J'adore que tu aimes Séville, ma ville et je pense que une de les plus belle ville de l'Espagne.

Je crois que tu as eu de la chance. Il n'a pas fait beaucoup de chaleur cette anée. Je pense que pour bien profiter de Séville il faut venir au printemps ou en automne.

Un saludo desde Sevilla.

Peter said...

Giralquivir:
Merci! Je sais pour la chaleur (qui ne me dérange pas). C'était ma quatrième visite. Je suis venu en automne et même en hiver! :-)
Saludos de Paris.

Virginia said...

Oh dear, my comment disappeared.

I think I said: That these photos from Sevilla are spectacular. The ladies with hats in the boat could win an award, along with many many more. I can see why you loved this place. Thank you for sharing via the video and music. And i think I recognized two little friends! :) Wonderful memories for you and your family.
V

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

what gorgeous photos! love all the colors, just great! thanx for sharing!!

Julie said...

Were they legs of ham dangling from a ceiling?

Mystica said...

Gorgeous photos.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

We went to Andalusia for our vacation earlier this year. It is wonderful, as your photos show.

SusuPetal said...

The blue of Moors is beautiful.

Adam said...

Seville is indeed a lovely place, although I had the stupid idea to visit in August when it was 40°! I have to go back sometime when it's cooler, and I'd love to watch a Sevilla v Betis derby game one day.

Hope you are now refreshed and ready for a new season of Paris posts!

hpy said...

Ca change de Paris.. (et mes commentaires sont tjrs aussi idiots).

Synne said...

Lovely, summery photos! The colours and details are a delight!

Ola said...

beatiful place!

Flartus said...

I skipped Sevilla on my one trip to Spain, because my traveling companion had spent a student year there and wanted to see other places. Now I'm thinking I may have to go back just for this city...looking forward to your next post.

Thérèse said...

You are going to inspire watercolor artists with the rowing ladies picture!

Starman said...

Don't tell Virginia or Genie, but I think my love is moving south to Spain.

Peter said...

Trotter: You are right, the temperatures were modest, stayed in the range of 35-43°C (95-110°F)! :-)

overcoming panic attacks said...

I would definitely visit Paris! I hope that long awaited vacation comes real soon!

claude said...

C'est superbe. Merci, Peter, de nous faire partager tes vacances dans le sud de l'Espagne.
Que de trésors d'architecture à Séville, c'est magnifique.

Cergie said...

Très romanesque les capelines, la barque et le bassin d'or. Me rappelle un peu le canal St Martin du coté des cinémas. Tu étais à une terrasse juste en face ?

:: Karine :: said...

peter merci de tout coeur
j'ai vraiment envie d'aller voir cette ville et de la photographier !
encore s'il te plaît :-)

Flor said...

Bellisimas fotos y videos.
Andalucia es fantastica.

Saludos
Flor

La Jeune Captive said...

Au photographe impeccable

Au parfait magicien de la camera

Merci beaucoup!

Peter said...

Je suis très curieux de savoir qui est cette jeune captive, si anonyme!! :-)

Shionge said...

You post just reminded me of my short trip there :D

Beautiful!!

LE CHEMIN DES GRANDS JARDINS said...

Séville est une ville magique, ce qui ne t'as pas échappé.

Roger