Day 2 of The Great Spain Adventure found us in the capital city of Andalusia--Seville, home of fiestas, flamenco and bullfighting.
The stunning and colorful Baroque architecture presented us with a stellar first impression,
and although we could have spent the day just walking the narrow streets of the town,
there were major historical monuments to see, starting with the exceptional Seville Cathedral.
Built in the 15th century on the former site of a mosque from the 12th century,
the interior is breathtaking. The former minaret of the mosque was converted into the current bell tower.
Inside, we paid our respects at the final resting place of the remains of Christoper Columbus, realizing that he is not only a hero for the Americas, but a local hero as well.
Then it was on to the Alcázar, the Royal Palace, built by Pedro I the Cruel in the 14th century, on the site of a previous Moorish palace. Entering through the Lion's Gate,
we toured a myriad of embellished rooms and courtyards
which are a blend of Moorish and Christian style. In one of the rooms, plans for Columbus's voyages were planned.
Today, it is the official residence of the King and Queen when they visit.
Just as beautiful as the interiors, are the gardens which await just outside.
A blend of Moorish, Renaissance and even English style
combine to make a gorgeous retreat for painting,
and for a slice of tranquility in the middle of a bustling city.
We enjoyed our lunch of tapas sitting on a local square,
then went on the setting of the 1929 World's Fair. First stopping at the Plaza de América to see the buildings designed by González,
and having a little fun at the square there where white doves congregate, hoping to be fed by tourists like us.
At first, Holly was willing to play along and extended her arms to see what would happen,
but in due time, regretted that decision as the doves became
a little too familiar for comfort.
As much as we enjoyed the Plaza de América, we were blown away by the beauty of the Plaza de España with its diverse styles, ornamentation,
and lavish decorations of the traditional glazed tiles.
Found out later that some of the new Star War episodes were recently filmed here, but I'm very curious how they were incorporated into a futuristic storyline.
Anyone remember this spot??
Photo courtesy of Jill Alexander
And finally, our day would not have been complete, without an evening flamenco show, since Seville has been the major center of the development of flamenco.
A passionate performance set to the tunes of a haunting Spanish guitarist and singer--it was an experience that I doubt nothing ever again will be able to parallel.
More adventures to come, more sights in Spain to see, and don't miss the shopping and eating post that will come someday soon....