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Seville saw its golden age in the era of Columbus and his discoveries; all the riches that poured in during the 16th and 17th centuries paid for the churches, palaces, and squares that remain today. It still feels locked in that epoch, with occasional modern touches, such as the landmark Alamillo Bridge built by Santiago Calatrava for the 1992 Expo. Seville is deeply traditional and conservative—you will see Virgin images everywhere, and artistic taste remains with Murillo circa 1650—but it is also a city of celebrations, from the somber Semana Santa (Holy Week) to the rollicking Feria de Abril (April Fair). Tapas, flamenco, and Moorish architecture give you a whiff of its heady mix of Arab, Jewish, and gypsy culture.

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Alcázar, Seville

First built in A.D. 913, this fortress was expanded and rebuilt countless times by successive Muslim rulers. In the 14th century, Catholic kings took it over...more

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Casa de Pilatos, Seville

Supposedly a reproduction of Pilate's house in Jerusalem, this 16th-century palace was the home of the dukes of Medinaceli. Its network of courtyards, salons,...more

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Catedral de Sevilla and Giralda Tower, Seville

Its 15th-century builders said, "Let us create such a building that future generations will take us for lunatics." Today, Seville's cathedral is...more

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Jardines de Murillo, Seville

Just a hop, skip, and salto from major tourist stops and watering holes, the Murillo Gardens are easy to recommend, yet often overlooked. The park, hidden...more

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Maria Luisa Park

The lungs of the city, this park has monuments, pavilions, and pools shaded by palm, pine, and elm trees. Start off at Plaza de España, a grandiose...more

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Metropol Parasol, Seville

Consisting of six enormous wooden umbrellas, Metropol Parasol opened in March 2011 and is Seville's contemporary iconic architectural statement. German...more

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Monasterio de la Cartuja, Seville

Restored for the 1992 Expo, this 14th-century monastery on Isla de la Cartuja has a long and fascinating history: Carthusian monks bred pure-blood Andalusian...more

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Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla, Seville

This museum houses one of the world's best collections of Spanish art, particularly from the medieval and Renaissance eras. Highlights include stunning works by...more

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Museo de la Inquisición, Seville

This museum explores one of the darkest periods in Spain's—and Seville's—history: the Inquisition. The Castillo de San Jorge in Triana, of which...more

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Museo del Baile Flamenco, Seville

The Museum of Flamenco Dance was established by renowned local bailaora Cristina Hoyos, hailed as the Queen of Flamenco, and occupies a four-story 18th-century...more

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