Sevilla is the capital city of the south-western Spanish region Andalusia, located on the plain of the River Guadalquivir. It is the fourth-largest city in Spain, with a metropolitan population of about 1,6 million inhabitants. The city is known for its architecture and culture, making it one of Spain’s most beautiful cities. Sevilla is internationally well-known for the Semana Santa (Holy Week), which is one of the most important traditional festivals in Spain, celebrated the week preceding Easter. During the Semana Santa, decorative processions, organized by religious brotherhoods of the Catholic church, are taking place through the streets of the city all day and all night long.
Two of the most famous sights of Sevilla are the Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede and the Plaza España. The Catholic Cathedral is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and known as the third-largest church in the world. It’s a Gothic church, but of Arab origin. It was built on the remains of the destroyed Great Mosque of Sevilla dating from the 12th century. Later, following the reconquest of Sevilla, the mosque was consecrated as a cathedral. Still, the Arab origins can be seen in one of its doors called Puerta del Perdon. The bell tower of the Cathedral, called Giralda, is considered as the symbol of the city, which used to be a minaret tower.
The Plaza España shows a very large semi-circular brick building with a wide square in front of it, influenced by Renaissance and Gothic style. It was built by the Spanish architect Anibal Gonzalez for the international fair called Ibero-American Exposition (EXPO) in 1929. On the wall of the building, all the provinces of Spain are represented by a different mosaic design. Today it’s used as government offices.
Beside the two main attractions of Sevilla, I highly recommend to visit as well the Metropol Parasol, which is located at La Encarnacion square. It’s a modern architectural artwork in the middle of Sevilla’s old town, realized by the German architect Jürgen Mayer in 2011. The wooden structure consists of six parasols in the form of giant mushrooms. On the top of this structure, there is a rooftop terrace, which provides a beautiful view over the city center of Sevilla.