WHAT TO SEE IN SEVILLE

In this section you can know the most interesting sites and monuments of Seville. Remember that this wonderful city has the largest historical center of Spain and the third largest in Europe. It also includes information about tickets, schedules and addresses. This way, you can plan the places you want to visit. This section will also help you plan your “Seville Customized Tour”.

REALES ALCÁZARES

MUSLIM FORTRESS AND ROYAL PALACE OF SEVILLE

The Royal Palace of Seville is the most ancient royal residence in Europe still in use. Alcázar, from the arab Qasr (Al-qasr), means “fortified palace”. Originally conceived as a Muslim fortress, the Reales Alcázares experienced several changes in its history. It is known as one of the most interesting palaces due to its striking architecture, wich combines elements of the Mudéjar, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. In this place have been filmed films and series such as Kingdom of Heaven or Game of Thrones. The singular beauty of its palaces and gardens make it one of the most suggestive sites in Andalusia.

Address: Patio de Banderas, s / n. 41004 Sevilla

Phone: +34 902 55 93 86

Schedule:

  • 01/10 – 31/03: From Monday to Sunday and holidays: 9.30-17.00.
  • 01/04 – 30/09: From Monday to Sunday and holidays: 9.30-19.00.

Tickets:

  • General: 11.50€.
  • Students up to 25 years and pensioners (over 65 years): 4€.
  • Children up to 14 years of age, born or resident in Seville, handicapped: Free (for discounts it is necessary to show the original documents at the ticket office).

Reservations:

SEVILLE CATHEDRAL

THE LARGEST GOTHIC CATHEDRAL IN THE WORLD
The Seville Cathedral is the third largest church in the world as well as largest Gothic church. After Seville’s conquest, in 1248, by Ferdinand III, the Christians reused the Muslim mosque but after the earthquake of 1356 they decided to build a new cathedral. According to local tradition, the canons said: “Let us build a church so beautiful and so grand that those who see it finished will think we are mad”. It has a huge collection of artworks by sculptors like Mercadante or Montañés and painters like Campaña, Murillo or Goya, and it hosts the biggest altarpiece in all of Christendom and the tomb that containts the remains of Christopher Columbus.

Address: Puerta de San Cristóbal. 41004 Sevilla

Phone: +34 954 21 49 71

Schedule:

  • Monday: 11-15: 30 p.m.
  • Tuesday-Saturday: 11-17 h.
  • Sunday: 14.30-18 h.
  • Holidays consult.

Tickets:

  • General: € 9.
  • Students up to 25 years and pensioners (over 65 years): € 4.
  • Children up to 14 years old, unemployed, born or resident in Seville, handicapped: Free (for discounts you need to show documents at the ticket office).

Reservations:

  • Website to reserve: http://www.catedraldesevilla.es/
  • The General Entrance includes free access to the Giralda and the Church of El Salvador.
    In the sale of tickets made in advance by the web, the price of the ticket (of the entire group of people on the ticket) will be increased by 1€ due to management fees charged by the monument.

ARCHIVE OF THE INDIES

DOCUMENTS CONCERNING THE SPANISH EMPIRE IN AMERICA
After the discovery of América and for three centuries, Seville was the harbour and the door of Indias and became a reference site for all European traders. La Casa de la Lonja of Seville was built during the reign of Philip II between 1584 and 1598, in order to have a place for the traders’ deal. In the 18th century, when Seville lost the monopoly on the market with América, the traders moved to Cádiz, and the building was chosen as the site of the General Archive of the Indies, created in 1785. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. If we could put in a line all the files kept inside the Archive, they would make 6 miles of documents. Inside, there are more then 43.000 files related to the Spanish colonies.

Address: Avenida de la Constitución s / n.

Phone: +34 954 50 05 28

Schedule:

  • Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 5 pm.
  • Sundays from 10 to 14.

Tickets: Free.

THE TOWER OF GOLD

PART OF THE DEFENSIVE WALL THAT JOINED THE REALES ALCÁZARES
The Tower of Gold was built in 1221 by Almohads with a twelve-sided base and was the last great work that the Muslims left in Seville, in order to provide a defense to the city harbour. This title came from its colour because it was covered with a mixture of mortar, lime and straw, so it shined in the sun like gold. The tower is divided into three levels, with the uppermost being circular in shape and added in 1769. In 1944, the Naval Museum was inaugurated inside the building and it stores civil and military objects connected with the river, the sea and Seville.

Address: Paseo de Colón s / n, Sevilla

Phone: +34 954 22 24 19

Schedule:

  • Mon to Fri: 9.30-18.45 h. Sat and Sun: 10.30-18.45 h.
  • Holidays: Closed.

Tickets:

  • General: € 3.
  • Students: € 1.5
  • Children up to 14 years and pensioners over 65: Free.

SALVADOR CHURCH

A BAROQUE CHURCH, THE SECOND BIGGEST CHURCH IN THE CITY
El Salvador is Seville’s second most important Christian church. It is possible that here was a Roman basilica, transformed into a Christian under Emperor Theodosius (346-395). In 830, the Muslims built the Ibn-Abbas mosque. It was the main mosque of Seville till 1198. After the reconquest of 1248, the building was reused like a church and consecrated to the Divine Savior. The final and current construction dates to 1712. A Baroque style temple that houses some important statues of the Sevillian Holy Week, like El cristo de la Pasión or El Cristo del Amor.

Address: Plaza del Salvador s / n

Phone: +34 954 21 16 79

Schedule:

  • Monday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Hours of worship: 19.30h.-21h./Julio-August:Lunes-Saturday:10h.-19h.Domingos: 15h.-19h.Horary of worship: 19.30-21h.

Tickets:

  • General: € 4.
  • Born or resident in Seville, disabled, unemployed and under 14 years old accompanied by an adult: Free.

PLAZA DE ESPAÑA

HEAVEN ON EARTH
The Plaza de España was the most emblematic building of the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929. It was the Spanish Pavilion. It is the masterpiece of Aníbal González and has become one of the most popular and representative images of Seville. It was built between 1914 and 1928 in a free interpretation of Renaissance and Baroque styles, with references to Spanish monuments, along with the use of traditional materials from Mudéjar influence: brick and ceramics. It has 48 benches representing the Spanish provinces. Films such as Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones or Lawrence of Arabia have been shot here.

Address: Plaza de España s / n

Phone: +34 902 45 99 54

Schedule: 1 / 11-31 / 03: Monday-Sunday and holidays: 8-22h. 1/04 – 30/10: Monday – Sunday and holidays: 8-24h.

Tickets: Free.

SANTACRUZ QUARTER

ANCIENT JEWISH QUARTER
As the city was reconquered by Christians, King Ferdinand III assigned the Jews an area close to the Royal Palace, so that they would establish there their own community and the would constitute the Jewish quarter. Centuries later, the area changed its name and it came to be known as Santa Cruz. It was quite common to give Catholic names to areas previously related to Judaism. After the expulsion of the Jews in 1492, many houses of noble families were built here. Its squares, like Doña Elvira or Santacruz, are full of charm. Its streets, narrow and elegant, inspired works such as The Barber of Seville or Don Juan.

METROPOL PARASOL

PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE CITY CENTER
The Metropol Parasol (the building is popularly known as The Mushrooms of Seville) is a wooden structure located at the Encarnacion square. It is the biggest wooden structure in the world.  It was built in 2011 and it was designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer. The building is organized in different levels, each one with a different use. The underground level is the Antiquarium, where Roman and Almohad remains discovered on site are displayed in a museum. In the ground level there are a market and some bars and pubs. The upper level is dedicated to the viewing platform. It is 26 meters high and it offers a really nice panorama of Seville.

Address: Plaza de la Encarnación s / n

Phone: +34 954 56 15 12

Schedule:

  • From 10 to 23.

Tickets:

  • General: € 3.
  • Children up to 12 years old, born or resident in Seville: Free.

CHURCH OF SAN LUIS DE LOS FRANCESES

A BAROQUE JEWEL
San Luis de los Franceses, a church dedicated to the novitiate of the Jesuits, was begun in 1699 and completed in 1731 during the stay of the court of Felipe V in Seville (1729-1733). In the street formerly called Calle Real, from which the kings entered Seville, in an area where Mudejar churches rise and predominate, one of the most important baroque churches in Europe is paradoxically located. Perfect work, with all the elements destined to achieve a common goal. It configures a mystical space, diverse and luminous to exalt the Company of Jesus.

Address: Calle San Luis s / n 41003

Phone: +34 954 55 02 07

Schedule: Tues, Wed. And Thu: 9-14 h. Fri. And Sat: 9-14 / 17-20 h. Mon, Sun and August closed.

Tickets: Free.

ANTIQUARIUM

ARQUEOLOGY OF HISPALIS AND ISBILIYA
The Antiquarium is an archaeological museum located in the basement of the Metropol Parasol of the Plaza de la Encarnación. It was inaugurated in 2011, and represents the most important archaeological site that remains of the Roman period of Hispalis, the Roman Seville. The complex dates from the 1st to the 6th century AD and belongs to the Roman period. There is also an area dating back to the time of Al-Andalus (XII-XIII century AD), where a Almohad house stands out. The space is formed by a diaphanous surface of 4789 square meters and is presented as a center of interpretation of Seville’s history.

Address: Plaza de la Encarnación s / n.

Phone: +34 955 47 15 80

Schedule:

  • Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm (access is closed at 7.30pm).
  • Sundays and holidays from 10 to 14 (access closes at 13.30).

Tickets:

  • General: 3 €.
  • Born or resident in Seville, disabled and companions, children up to 16 years: Free.

ITÁLICA

THE FIRST ROMAN CITY IN THE IBERIAN PENINSULA
The first settlement of Romans and Italics in the Iberian Peninsula. The arqueological site of Itálica encompasses mainly the urbs nova with its many fine buildings from the Hadrianic period. The original urbs vetus (old town) lies under the present town of Santiponce. Italica was founded in 206 BC by Publius Cornelius Scipio “Africanus” to settle his victorious veterans from the Second Punic Wars against Hannibal and the Carthaginians. The name “Italica” reflected the veterans’ Italian origins. Italica was the birthplace of Roman Emperors Trajan and Hadrian. Italica’s ampitheatre was the third largest in the Roman Empire at the time and It seated 25.000 spectators.

Address: Av. Extremadura, 2, 41970 Santiponce, Seville

Phone: +34 600 14 17 67

Schedules:

  • Tuesday to Sunday from 9 to 15.

Tickets: Free.

PALACE OF THE PINELLI

A RENACENTIST BUILDING BORN IN MIDDLE AGES
The Palace of Pinelli is a Renaissance building. Members of the Pinelli family played significant roles in the Genovese Republic in the course of the thirteenth century and through the development of trade with the Kingdom of Naples grew in importance and wealth. In successive centuries, the family expanded through Naples, and also through Venice and Spain. Francesco Pinelli created in Seville the Bank of the Pinelli financing the Spanish Crown in the company of the conquest of the Canaries and later of the Kingdom of Granada. Because of the relationship that the Pinelli family had with Doménico, father of Christopher Columbus, in Genoa, but also because of the feeling of friendship that united Francesco to Columbus, the admiral obtained financial support for the first expedition to the New World in 1492.

Address: Calle Abades, 9, 41004 Sevilla

Phone: +34 954 22 11 98

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday from 10:30 am to 1:30 p.m.

Tickets:

  • General: € 5 (groups need to book).

PILATE'S HOUSE

A MIX OF THE MUDEJAR AND RENACENTIST STYLE
The Pilate’s House is the most notable example of 16th century palace architecture in Seville. In fact it is considered like the prototype of the typical Andalusian palace. It is a mixture of Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance styles. The name Pilate’s House is due to the pilgrimage to Jerusalem carried out in 1519 by Fadrique, its owner. When he returned, he established the Via Crucis with 12 stations, from his home to a small wayside shrine located just outside the town, the Cruz del Campo. Nowadays, its collection of ceramics and azulejos is one of the most important in Spain.

Address: Plaza de Pilatos, 1.

Phone: +34 954 225 298

Schedule:

  • Winter: Every day from 9am to 6pm.
  • Summer: Every day from 9 to 19.

Tickets:

  • Full: € 8
  • Bottom floor: € 6

PALACE OF LAS DUEÑAS

ONE OF THE MOST REPRESENTATIVE PALACES OF THE CITY
Originally conceived as a convent for the wives of kings Ferdinand III and Alfonso X, the Palace of las Dueñas currently belongs to the House of Alba. Built between the 15th and 16th centuries, its name is due to the Monastery of Santa Maria de las Dueñas. Its first owner was the Pineda family, wich adquired a set of lots next to the monastery. At the end of the 15th century it was bought by Catalina de Ribera. In 1612 the palace passed into the hands of the House of Alba.

Address: Calle Dueñas, 5 Sevilla 41003

Phone: +34 954 214 828

Schedule:

  • From April to September from 10am to 8pm.
  • From October to March from 10 to 18.

Tickets:

  • General: 8 €.
  • Groups of more than 20 people: 7 €.
  • Children up to 12 years and pensioners over 65 with documentation: Free.
  • Monday from 16 to 18: Free.

SAN TELMO PALACE

THE MOST IMPORTANT BUILDING OF CIVIL ARCHITECTURE DURING THE BAROQUE PERIOD
This building was originally constructed as the seat of the Seminary School of the University of Navigators (Universidad de Mareantes), a school of orphan children of sailors. The palace is one of the emblematic buildings of Sevillian Baroque arquitecture. It is built on a rectangular plan including a central courtyard, towers on the four corners, a chapel and gardens. Construction of the building began in 1682 outside the walls of the city on property belonging to the Spanish Inquisition. In 1849 it was adquired by the Dukes of Montpensier, who converted it into their official residence, now the seat of the presidency of the Andalusian Autonomous Government.

Address: Avenida de Roma, s / n

Phone: +34 955 00 10 10

Schedule: Always under reservation: visitassantelmo@juntadeandalucia.es, with name, surname and ID of the persons requesting the reservation. Visits: Thursdays (from 4pm to 9pm), Saturdays (from 10am to 2pm and from 4pm to 8pm) Max. 20 people. You must go with the DNI and the corresponding locator assigned in the confirmation of the visit.

Tickets: Free.

ROYAL TOBACCO FACTORY - UNIVERSITY

EXAMPLE OF INDUSTRIAL ARCHITECTURE OF THE 18TH CENTURY
The Royal Tobacco Factory was the biggest industry edifice in Europe of the 18th century. More than 3.000 people worked inside. The opera Carmen was inspired by this place. Nowadays, it is the seat of the Rectorate of the University of Seville and it hosts the headquarters of the Department of History and Languages. Its construction started in 1782 and its architecture has classical and monumental features with Baroque decorations inside. In 1945, the factory started the restauration of the former building to adapt it as headquarters of the University.

Address: Calle San Fernando s / n

Phone: +34 954 55 10 00

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday from 8am to 9pm.

Tickets: Free

MARIA LUISA PARK

A REAL OUTDOOR MUSEUM
The Maria Luisa Park is one of the green lungs of the city, protagonist of the Ibero-America Exposition of 1929. The name is due to its owner in the 19th century, Maria Luisa, sister of Queen Isabella II. She was married to Antonio d’Orleans, Duke of Montpensier. In 1848 they arrived together in Seville escaping the French Revolution. They settled in San Telmo Palace, whose garden was so large that it included today’s entire park. In 1893, before diyng, the duchess of Montpensier decided to donate part of her garden to the city. It represents a perfect synthesis between the nature and architecture of its fountains, squares and buildings.

Address: Parque de María Luisa s / n

Phone: +34 955 47 12 32

Schedule: From 8 to 22.

Tickets: Free.

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