Seville is an ancient city rich in history, art, food, and culture. Here you can see where medieval Islam and Christianity met. Seville was the seat of power of the Moors in Europe. Here is the LivSpain list of the Top 7 Must-See Sights you can’t miss when traveling to Seville.
The Real Alcázar is n.1 Seville Must-See Sights for good reason. The palace was the crown jewel of the Moorish reign in the Iberian Peninsula. Visitors are awestruck by the intricate arabesque design and architecture in this elaborate palace.
Just as stunning as the architecture itself are the Alcázar Gardens which surround the palace. There you can see orchards, flowers, and water features. Some may be interested to know that these gardens are featured as the Dornish palace in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
The Seville Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the world. Its construction began as a mosque during the Moorish reign, after the Reconquista, when Ferdinand III reclaimed the region, the building was Christianized. In the Fifteenth Century, city leaders set out to build a large and grand cathedral.
Parque de María Luisa
This park was donated to the city by local nobility in 1893 and has been adopted as the main green area and outdoor gathering place for the city. It’s the site of the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.
In this park, you will find scenic water scenes like the Fountain of Lions and the Water-lily Pool. It also offers monuments to notable residents of Andalucía like author Miguel de Cervantes and poet Adolfo Becquer.
Plaza de España
This “Spain Square” is located in Parque de María Luisa. It was built for the Ibero-American Expo held in 1929. It’s an ornate building incorporating art deco style with Moorish revival style.
This long, half-circle building is the set of several movie scenes including Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars Episode II, Attack of the Clones, and The Dictator.
Completed in 2011, this unusual architectural feature is found in La Encarnación Square and is one of Seville Must-See Sights. It was built as a part of an urban renewal project. This wooden structure is designed to look like mushrooms and to provide shelter for the outdoor market below. Visitors can walk along the top of the 30-m high parasols to gain stunning views of the city and to experience the wavy and unusual architecture.
During construction of this project, ancient Roman remains were discovered and incorporated into the appeal of the site beneath the surface level.
Casa De Pilatos
Pilatos House, so named because the first Marquis of Tarifa, who completed the construction of this Andalusian palace after he took a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1519. The palace exhibits Renaissance Italian and Moorish-style architecture. Elaborate gardens surround the facility. The home is still occupied by the Duchess of Medinaceli.
Torre del Oro
This “Tower of Gold” watchtower was built during the thirteenth century. The tower gets its name because it was constructed of a mixture of mortar, lime, and hay, which cast a gold-colored reflection in the river. It is a 12-sided tower that was built as a prison and used in defense of the city.
Seville is the heart of Andalucía. Local lore has it that the city was founded by Hercules. It dates back 2,200 years and has been the seat of power for many cultures over the millennia. It’s charm and world-renowned sites make Seville a can’t miss destination. Take a journey through its fascinating history by experiencing these Top 7 Must-See Sights in Seville.