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Puente de Triana, SevillePuente de Triana, Seville
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Seville is the capital and largest city in the autonomous community of Andalusia, in southern Spain. Also known as Sevilla in Spanish, it is a city of 705,000 people (2011 estimate) within a metropolitan area of 1.5 million inhabitants.

Seville is located on the plain of the River Guadalquivir. It has a history going back over two thousand years. During Roman times, it was known as Hispalis. It was conquered and taken by the Moors in AD 712. That was when it was renamed Seville. Today many of the heritage sites within Seville are recognised as a World Heritage Site.

Cathedral of SevilleCathedral of Seville
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Seville benefited from the expedition of Christopher Columbus as all goods returning from the New World passed through the city before distribution throughout Spain. It was the only port awarded the royal monopoly for trade, and the wealth translated into many of the beautiful architecture of the city today.

Today Seville is a major tourist destination in Spain. In addition to its sights, the city is renowned for its cuisine, its flamenco dance, its nightlife and its festivals, the most well-known of which are Semana Santa and Seville Fair.

Bridge at Plaza de España, SevilleBridge at Plaza de España, Seville
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Going to Seville

By Plane
The Seville International Airport (SVQ) is located about 10 km to the northwest of the city center. Arriving passengers can take the bus to downtown Seville. The fare is €2.40. Taxis cost approximately €18 during the day and €21 at night, on weekends and public holidays.

By Train
High speed trains connect Seville with Madrid, three hours away, and with Córdoba, just an hour away. Slower trains are also available for a lower fare.

Tourist Attractions of Seville

  1. Casa de Pilatos
  2. Cathedral of Seville
  3. Hospital de los Venerables
  4. Jewish Quarter
  5. La Giralda
  6. Museo de Bellas Artes
  7. Museo de Carruajes
  8. Museo del Baile Flamenco
  9. Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija
  10. Parque María Luisa
  11. Plaza de España
  12. Real Alcázar
  13. Torre de Oro

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