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Seville Architecture

More than 1,300 years of architectural styles line the streets and riverbanks of Seville
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Almost any tour of Seville, whether it is themed around art, architecture, history, landmarks or even gardens, must begin at the... more »

Tips:  Although most of the sights in this tour are open all day, in the height of tourist season (June—August) both crowds and midday heat... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Real Alcázar (Royal Palace)

Seville’s royal palace, still in use by the Spanish royal family, represents in one compound a thousand years of architectural styles and decoration.

Begun in 712 by the Islamic caliphs, the Alcázar was already a palace of splendor when the Catholic kings reconquered Seville. Fortunately for the world’s cultural heritage, King Pedro was a great ... More

2. Convento de Incarnacion

The church is part of the Hospital de Santa Marta, founded in 1395. The convent is home to a cloistered order of Augustine nuns. Its 14th-century Mudejar (Moorish revival) facade is original and it is thought that the tower base was once part of the earlier Almohad defensive walls. Notice especially the decoration on the tower, which is thought to... More

Begun in 1402, the building itself was completed a bit more than a century later, but the interior was not completed until the early years of the 20th century. The building replaces a mosque that was destroyed in an earthquake, and only the Patio de los Naranjos courtyard and La Giralda, the minaret/watchtower, remain of the original mosque. In... More

Still in use as the ecclesiastical headquarters of the Archbishopric, Palacio Arzobispal is, unfortunately not open to the public except on rare occasions, so its impressive interior and art collections remains hidden. The elaborate baroque portal was added to the façade of this 16th-century late Gothic building in the 17th century.

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Built in the early 16th century in the Spanish Renaissance style, the Ayuntamiento illustrates two different decorative styles on different sides; both are excellent examples of their period. The façade that faces the Plaza de San Francisco, designed by Diego de Riaño, is a fine example of the local version of Plateresque, featuring intricate... More

Like the cathedral, El Salvador sits on the site of a former mosque. Built in the 9th century, the Inn Adabbas mosque predated the one at the cathedral site, and today only its courtyard and the base of the tower remain of the Moorish building that was once the largest mosque in Seville. The mosque remained active following the reconquest by the... More

Seville’s newest architectural landmark, the Metropol Parasol was the result of discovering Roman remains during excavations for an underground garage to replace a parking lot that covered a former market square. Berlin architect Jurgen Mayer H. won the competition to build a structure that would house the Antiquarium (an archaeological museum... More

Perhaps the finest example in the city of the Mudéjar style - a Gothic revival of the Islamic architecture and decoration of the Caliphate period, Iglesia de San Esteban was built in the late 1300s and early 1400s. Above the portal is delicate early 15th-century stone-carved tracery in a set of poly-lobed arches, and a series of grinning lion... More

9. Iglesia de San Nicolas de Bari

The plain and sober exterior with a simple pediment above the door gives no clue to the exuberant interior. Built in the 1700s, the church is in high baroque, but the multitude of red marble Doric columns that separate its five naves almost reminds one of the forest of pillars in the Great Mosque of Cordoba. The main altar, completed in 1758, has ... More

The best way to see an example of domestic architecture common to the old city is to stop in one of the several restaurants that are set in former noble homes. La Albahaca is one of these, overlooking a leafy little square, with multiple small dining areas set in rooms decorated in beautiful patterned tiles and wood paneling. The menu features... More