|Hercules is supposed to |
have founded the city
This weekend was a GSE sponsored trip to Seville in Southern Spain. Seville was really nice. Even in November it was seventy degrees Fahrenheit and sunny outside. We stayed in the old city, which has been around for several thousand years. Seville even claims the legendary Hercules as its founder. Julius Caesar was the governor of the city for two years.
The old city had a ton of Islamic architecture and decorations. A lot of people don’t know that the Moors from Africa invaded and conquered southern Spain. They attacked around 700 AD and were not completely expelled until almost 1500 AD. Seville itself was under Moorish rule for around five hundred years, which obviously has a huge influence on the culture.
|Some of the tile work Seville is famous for|
The Cathedral itself was amazing. It is the largest in the world and the third largest church in the world. It’s in the Gothic style and is really an amazing building. The inside is beautiful with tons of gold leaf and stained glass. The Cathedral was built on the site of an old Mosque, but it kept the Mosque’s courtyard and tower. The courtyard is full of fountains and orange trees.
|The Largest Cathedral in the World|
|The Tower of Giralda|
There really is nothing similar to the Flamenco in the U.S. so it’s very interesting to watch. Seeing how Andalusia is the Flamenco capital of Spain, seeing a dance there is going to be good.
|Inside the Palace of Real Acazar|
Adios mis Amigos,
GSE Fall 2011 Barcelona, Spain
Autonomous University of Barcelona