Seville City Centre in Spain
Downtown Seville is an area full of narrow streets and squares, gorgeous parks and gardens, plenty of museums and a city with a wide variety of entertainment. The main historical sights and landmarks of Seville are concentrated in a very reduced area, whiwh makes visiting the must-sees attractions particularly easy.
A must in the city of Seville is a visit to the old historical city, with the the Cathedral, the Alcazar and the Archivo de Indias located in the heart of town. These three famous attractions are declared as UNESCO world heritages sites in Seville because of their testimony to the civilization of Christian Andalusia. They are also directly connected with the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus. His tomb lies in the Cathedral. The Archivio the Indias houses an important collection of documents from this period in time.
Very close by are the royal Mudéjar palace known as the Alcazar with marvellous gardens and the Santa Cruz quarter, with cramped streets, flowered balconies, richly decorated facades, hidden patios… Other sights not to be missed while you are in the old city are the Casa de Pilatos, a large sixteenth-century mansion where Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance styles blend harmoniously amidst exuberant patios and gardens.
If you cross the Triana bridge over the large Guadalquívir River, you reach the lively popular quarter of Triana. The Triana quarter is an area full of charming narrow streets located around the church of Santa Ana and traditional ceramic factories.
By the riverside of Seville city centre lies the Torre del Oro (Golden Tower), nearby there is also a (less known) Torre del Plata (Silver Tower), is another witness of Arab Sevilla, while nearby the Hospital de la Caridad (Charity Hospital), which is still an old gentlemen’s home, has a splendid patio and a church with a magnificent collection of pictures by Valdes Leal and Murillo. The famous Plaza de Toros, the bullring of Sevilla, can be found nearby. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful in Spain.
Main squares located in Seville City Centre, Spain
Plaza Nueva — central city square surrounded by restaurants, hotels, beautiful monuments and buildings. In the middle of the square stands a statue of a horse-riding Ferdinand III the Saint, the conqueror of the city.
Plaza de San Francisco — one of the oldest squares in the historic city center of Seville Spain. The City Hall of Sevilla or Ayuntamiento is located between the Plaza de San Francisco and Plaza Nueva. There are plenty of shops and tapas restaurants within 5 minutes walk of the square. Several cheaper places to stay are located or close by this square.
Plaza del Triunfo — lovely plaza right in the heart of the city, located next to the cathedral and the Real Alcazar entrance. There is a small monument located on the square called the Templete or Triunfo with a Baroque style that has an image of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child.
Plaza de España — central city square set in the Parque de Maria Luisa. The Plaza de Espana has been used many times as a film location. Scenes for the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia were filmed on the square. The building was also used as a location in the Star Wars movie series, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002). It also featured in the 2012 film The Dictator.
Plaza del Duque — square in Seville old town and the most central area of the city. Throughout its history it has been known by different names: from 1841 to 1936 it was called Plaza del Duque de la Victoria, to be renamed to Queipo until finally determined its current name. Found on Plaza del Duque, in the centre of Seville’s Old Quarter, is 3 star Hotel America Sevilla and modern Hotel Derby Sevilla. The square is a 10-minute walk from the Cathedral, the Giralda and the pretty Santa Cruz district.