I think Seville was my favorite city that we visited in the Andalucia region. I enjoyed walking around the winding narrow streets and it is full of beautiful parks and fountains. I can’t imagine how hot it must be in the summer there because it was in the 90’s while we visited.
The first place we went to was the Cathedral of Seville, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world.
This photo only gives a glimpse of how huge this cathedral is. It is built on top of a mosque that the Catholic Kings destroyed, probably in the same shape and size.
Here is a view from the top of the tower, la Giralda, which we climbed. The tower is really a minaret similar to the one in Marrakech.
The tomb of Christopher Columbus, he of 1492 and the “discovery” of America. There is some question as to whether he is actually in this tomb-he could be in Santa Domingo. In any case, he did start on his voyage from Spain sent out by King Fernando and Queen Isabel. Isn’t it funny the versions of history that we are taught while in school? It turns out that, while they did indeed send out Columbus on his voyage, they were also systematically wiping out any people not Catholic, even Jews from families that had converted to Catholicism centuries before.
I liked this statue but I’m not sure who he represents. Maybe Columbus? It was near the tomb.
We were having a lunch of tapas when we heard a commotion outside on the street and saw these young men carrying a very heavy load on their heads. They were getting into training for a religious procession which occurs later this month when a very heavy statue of Mary is carried for miles down the street. It looked like a very hard job.