March 2017. What an absolutely gorgeous city Seville is! With its captivating cathedral, mind-boggling Alcázar Palace and astonishingly picturesque Plaza de España, I knew I’d need a bunch of articles do the place justice. This post puts the city’s three major sights to one side and focuses on my general wanderings over two perfectly sunny days. Architecturally Seville is a real wonder, with Renaissance, Gothic, Arabic and Baroque buildings all mixed together to stunning effect. One of the most impressive structures is San Telmo Palace, which was built in 1682 as an orphanage. Today it’s the presidential headquarters of the Andalucian government.
March 2017. This Museum of Arts and Traditions is pretty special too, thanks in no small part to its location on the edge of Maria Luisa Park, just across from the pigeon-friendly Plaza de América. Located directly opposite The Archaeological Museum, the two are separated by a beautiful little garden with a large pond, wooden benches, wrought iron lampposts and traditional Andalusian flowerpots.
March 2017. As gorgeous as Andalusia undoubtedly is, its collection of province-wide bus stations has been a typically sad affair. Happily then Seville bucks the trend with the funky Plaza de Armas Bus Station and its colourful, edgy mural by Raul Ruiz. He’s a bit of a local legend and people here call him El Niño (The Kid).
March 2017. Take a walk along the river Guadalquivir and it’s impossible to miss the cloud-piercing Seville Tower, the city’s first ever skyscraper. Work on the structure began in 2008 and took over seven years to finish! Home to the headquarters of Banca Cívica, it stands in stark contrast to the classical architecture of the old town and has been the subject of much criticism. So much so that at one point UNESCO considered putting Seville’s historical monuments on the threatened list because of the tower’s negative impact! The peculiar building to the right of the tower that looks a bit like a postmodern cruise ship is the Torre Triana, an Andalusian government administrative building.
March 2017. By the time we reached the train station for our bus back to Malaga my friend and I had covered an impressive 65 kilometres on foot over the two days. Last but not least was the opinion-dividing Metropol Parasol on Plaza de la Encarnación. Designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer, the entirely wooden structure is said to be the largest of its kind in the world! Made up of six mushroom-like parasols, this is another controversial sight with many locals disgusted by its lengthy construction, high cost and awkward location. Nevertheless there seemed to be a great vibe when we passed through. There were street artists performing to the gathered masses, a gaggle of skateboarders on the upper level and a trio of girls napping on the entrance steps in the sun.
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