Seville A walking tour around the city / Sevilla Un paseo por la ciudad

Seville (Sevilla in Spanish) is the capital city of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia (Andalucía) and the greatest city of the southern Spain.

Following the 1492 Christopher Columbus expedition to the New World, the results from his claiming territory and trade for the Crown of Castile (incipient Spain) in the West Indies began to profit the city, as all goods imported from the New World had to pass through the Casa de Contratacion before being distributed throughout the rest of Spain. A ‘golden age of development’ commenced in Seville, due to its being the only port awarded the royal monopoly for trade with the growing Spanish colonies in the Americas and the influx of riches from them. Since only sailing ships leaving from and returning to the inland port of Seville could engage in trade with the Spanish Americas, merchants from Europe and other trade centers needed to go to Seville to acquire New World trade goods.

In the late 16th century the monopoly was broken, with the port of Cádiz also authorized as a port of trade. The Great Plague of Seville in 1649 reduced the population by almost half, and it would not recover until the early 19th century.

By the 18th century its international importance was in decline. After the silting up of the harbor by the Guadalquivir (river) upriver shipping ceased and the city went into relative economic decline. Seville’s development in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was characterised by population growth and increasing industrialisation, unlike the rest of Andalusia.

Photographic slideshow featuring main touristic highlights:
– Archivo General de Indias.
– La Giralda Belfry and aerial views from the top of the tower.
– Cathedral. One the biggest gothic cathedrals in the world.
– Ayuntamiento (Town Hall)
– Royal Alcazar and its gardens.
– Archbishop palace.
– El Salvador Church.
– Lope de Vega Theatre.
– Plaza de España (Spain Square).
– Lebrija Palace.
– Alfonso XIII Hotel.
– San Telmo Palace.
– Torre del Oro (Gold tower).
– Pilatos House.
– Andalusian Parliament.
– Basilica of La Macarena.

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