Seville has a unique color

Located is on the banks of the Guadalquivir, Seville is the capital of Andalusia and is a popular tourist destination in Spain. It is a city that has a lot to offer: sun, warmth, culture, festivals… the list goes on!

Plan your visit to Seville

There are numerous traces of the rich Arab past of the city, and its function as a port for the commerce with America. As the business center of southern Spain, Seville offers several hotels that are distributed over the entire city. With over 600,000 inhabitants, Seville is a city with both a cultural, international diversity and an older, traditional environment, in neighborhoods such as La Macarena or the famous Triana. Seville is a big city, and we recommend four days to visit the most important monuments and places. Here we will talk about the major attractions in Seville, about its culture, the main attractions, nightlife, a few places to eat and sleep and when to visit the city … Will you join us?

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Sevilla has a rich and fascinating history. It has always been the port and bridge between the Atlantic Ocean and inland Andalucia. The original Seville was founded at the beginning of the first century BC as a marketplace of the Guadalquivir valley. This river was formerly known under the name Tarssis. In that time, Phoenicians and Tartessians lived together there and there was a fusion of these cultures.

The Romans then ruled Spain during more than six centuries. They used Seville particularly as a commercial town, but in the vicinities of the city they formed a residential area, Itálica, only for the Roman aristocracy. From this colony two important Roman emperors are remembered: Trajano and Adriano.

In the fifth century, the city was successively taken by several Germanic invaders and finally the Visigoths, who held it until the eighth century. In 712, the Muslims conquered the city, and would remain for five centuries. The Muslims named the city Isbiliya, which is where the current name originates from. During this time, Sevilla was located in the main city of Al-Andalus. From this time dates the construction of the Giralda, Torre del Oro and the Alcazar. In the 16th century, after the expulsion of Muslims, Sevilla began to trade with ports in England, Italy and Flanders. Consequently, Sevilla grew economically and turned into the largest city of Spain.

It is said that Seville has a specific color, and one of the reasons is that it enjoys a large quantity of light throughout the year:

  • Spring is the best season to visit the city, because of the mild weather. Another reason to visit Seville at this time is that they celebrate some of the most important events such as the Semana Santa and the famous Feria de Abril.
  • Summer is of course the hottest to visit. This said, during summer you can participate in several activities, such as summer concerts in the Alcazar Palace. Another advantage is that in the summer the days are longer and therefore there is more time to see things.
  • In autumn is a very cozy time to visit Sevilla, because it is still hot (but not as much as during summer) and the days still long. This season brings the first rains and it will slowly start to get colder.
  • During winter the days here are shorter, which limits the time during the day to see things. But in this season, the city shines in a special way. Winter is the ideal season for those looking for the tranquility that the town can offer. Christmas is also a particularly pleasant time to visit the city.

The Monastery of San Salvador originated as an abbey founded by Count Sancho García in 1011 as a retreat for his daughter Trigidia. The abbey was initially conceived as a co-ed convent with two communities of different sexes who shared the facilities but reported to separate male and female authorities. In 1033, King Sancho III the Great of Navarre handed the abbey over to the Clunic monks. It was put under the direction of a chaste abbot who would be canonized as San Íñigo, who made the abbey a center of culture and spirituality. San Salvador enjoyed some privileges which were expanded when it was converted into a royal mausoleum. In reality there are two mausoleums: the royal mausoleum housing the bodies of the monarchs of the kingdoms of Castile and Pamplona, and the counts’ mausoleum where the counts of Castile are buried. It contains eight coffins and nine people from the 11th and 13th centuries. The coffins are unique pieces due to the material from which they are made, walnut and boxwood. The resting place of Bishop D. Pedro López de Mendoza was moved to the sacristy of one of the church’s naves.

The great entrance terrace leading to the most modern part of the building is behind the 18th-century Baroque façade. To get to the church of the abbey, you have to go around the building and ascend a long staircase. The portico, built in the last quarter of the 11th century in the Romanesque style, is decorated with statues of kings. An engraved Gothic-Mudejar door leads into to the church. The 13th-century Gothic church preserves Romanesque remains from different periods. The front of the church, built in the late Gothic, is covered by a spectacular star-shaped dome with eight points. It consists of a single nave with three sections and several chapels. The wall to the right-hand side conserves various scenes from the poem La Vida de Santa María Egipciaca, in the linear Gothic style, and El Cristo de Santa Trigidia, in the French Romanesque style. There are also remains of the main altarpiece carved in walnut wood with boxwood insets, a 15th-century Gothic-Mudejar work by Brother Pedro de Valladolid, and scenes from the Passion of Christ, painted by Brother Alonso de Zamora (15th century), as well as a Baroque organ from 1786 consisting of over 1,100 tubes.


Monastery of San Salvador

In the late 15th century, the church was expanded to include a mausoleum beneath the star-shaped dome. It contains a Baroque altarpiece, a choir with Gothic chairs from 1483, and the tombs of two kings of Navarre, Sancho the Great and Sancho the Strong, as well as the tombs of Castilian counts such as don García and don Sancho. The tombs are carved in the Gothic-Mudejar style in walnut wood with boxwood insets and were crafted by Brother Pedro de Valladolid in the 15th century. The burial sites are surrounded by paintings by Brother Alonso de Zamora representing scenes from the Passion. In the mid-18th century, the Chapel of San Íñigo was added, presided over by a Baroque altarpiece which contains the urn with the saint’s ashes. A door to the right leads to the sacristy, which has been converted into a small museum of Baroque furniture, objects of worship, and valuable fabrics.

In the chapterhouse there are windows, currently blocked off, of the Romanesque building which connected this room to the cloister. They are beautiful semicircle arches decorated with diamond tips and capitals shaped like animals. You can even make out a good deal of the original polychrome. Polychromatic arches in the Romanesque style, surely coming from the refectory, are also preserved. The main cloister of the Monastery of San Salvador, also Gothic, is an early-16th-century work by Juan de Colonia. Four galleries with ribbed vaults form a trapezoidal floor. It houses numerous burial sites of counts and Castilian paladins. In 2012, the seventeenth exposition of Las Edades del Hombre took place in the Monastery of San Salvador.

Tours of the monastery are directed by an audio guide, except for previously organized groups who can arrange for a guided tour. The visit to the tower and the Medieval Visitors Center can be arranged at the City Office of Tourism (tel. 947 30 00 78).

The Visitors Center of the Monastery is located on Calle Barrusco in the Jewish quarters.

In the old cowshed of the monastery, you’ll find the Information Office where you can get information about the Natural Park of the Obarenes-San Zadornil Mountains.


Hercules in front of the Cinco Llagas Hospital
Mushroom Monument

Practical Data


37° 23′ 0″ N, 5° 59′ 0″ W


Málaga 219 km, Córdoba 139 km, Huelva 93 km, Cádiz 123, Madrid 541 km

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