Day 2 – Seville Spain

This was our last morning in Seville, and it would be a busy one.  Breakfast was early as we had to check our bags onto the coach.  Due to the Easter Celebrations our coach was only allowed to be parked in the side street for 20 minutes.  We would meet up with our coach near the Jardines de Murillo.

Climbing  aboard horse drawn carriages to be taken through the City of Seville  Our first stop would be the Plaza de Espana which  was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition (Worlds Fair) of 1929. The Plaza is in the Parque de María Luisa, in Seville. This was an amazing way to see Seville sitting in a horse drawn carriage.

Horse and carriage ride in Seville Spain
Horse and carriage ride Seville Spain

 

The Plaza de España has been used in film locations, including scenes for the 1962 movie Lawrence of Arabia.  The building was also used as a location in the Star Wars movie series Star Wars; Episode 11 – Attack of the Clones – 2002.  Simple Red’s song Something Got me Started was also filmed at the Plaza.

Plaza de Espana
The Plaza de Espana Seville Spain

 

There is a moat that has numerous bridges over it representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain.  In summer they have little paddle boats on the moat.

 

Plaza de Espana
One of the many bridges over the moat at the Plaza de Espana Seville Spain

 

Plaza de Espana
The little paddle boats on the moat at the Plaza de Espana Seville Spain

 

In no time at all we were back in our horse and carriages on our way to the Royal Alcazar of Seville.

 

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The courtyard of the Royal Alcazar of Seville

The Royal Alcazars of Seville – historically known as al-Qasr al-Muriq.  It originally was a Moorish fort now a Royal Palace. The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence.

It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with adjoining Seville Cathedral and the General Archive of Indies.

 

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Stunning architecture inside the Royal Alcazar of Seville Spain

 

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The Tapestry Hall

The Tapestry Hall was completely destroyed after the Lisbon earthquake in 1755 and was remodelled by Sebastian Van Der Borcht. The tapestries that decorate the room are an exact replica of the original “The conquest of Tunisia” commissioned by Carlos V after his victory in 1535. The originals were woven in the workshop of Wilhelm Pannemaker, between 1548 and 1554. The tapestries exposed today were commissioned by Philip V during the eighteenth century to the Royal Tapestry Factory of Santa Barbara. 

 

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Beauty abounds everywhere

 

 

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One of the intricate ceilings in the Royal Alcazar of Seville

 

The Royal Alcazar of Seville took my breathe away.  Such beauty in every courtyard and room.  For those of you who have watched Game of Thrones you probably already know that The Royal Alcazar featured in the series. The palace stood in for the Water Gardens of Dorne in various scenes in four episodes of Season Five and one of Season Six.

 

More photos of Seville will be on our Instagram page.

 

It had been a whirlwind crazy two days in Seville.  Yes our Itinerary had to be changed due to the Easter celebrations but we still saw and did everything you could in two short days.

We left the Royal Alcazar and wandered through the tiny alleyways to emerge into the Jardines de Murillo.  Our guide said we could wander around the gardens for about 10 minutes then we needed to board our coach. The day before we had also walked through the park but had no idea that the Royal Alcazar was so near.

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The tiny laneway that minutes before was filled with people

 

Our next stop would be Ronda for lunch and a tour of the city.

 

 

** This post was our trip in April 2019*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 Replies to “Day 2 – Seville Spain”

  1. Plaza de Espana is one of my favourite places in Spain! It’s a shame you didn’t have time to have a wander through the gardens too. Did you see any of the Easter celebrations while you were there?

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  2. Pingback: Day 2 – Seville Spain — 3 Sisters Abroad – Truth Troubles
  3. Loved your ride in the horse drawn carriage and also all the beautiful sights. Nice to see the weather was lovely too – that makes all the difference when it comes to being out and about as a tourist.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 😊

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  4. Hi 3Sisters, We spent a week in Portugal and other countries throughout Europe, although unfortunately we did not make it to Spain. Hopefully in future one day.

    The architecture and historical sites are beautiful! Your note about the earthquake is a good reminder of the forces of Mother Nature and our planet. A real treat to read your post, especially right now. I feel transported to another time and place. Thank you! #MLSTL and shared SM

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  5. Wow – what beautiful architecture! I’ve always wanted to go on a horse drawn carriage too and it would be a wonderful way to see Seville. Thanks for sharing your photographs and information on Seville. Who knows, maybe one day I might get there!

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    1. It is an amazing way to see Seville. Our driver was brilliant and talked to us the whole way. Pointing out things. Not that I can remember much. lol And yes who knows you may very well be there one day in Seville and enjoy a carriage ride also.

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  6. Seville is a beautiful city, and especially during Easter. It was interesting for me to read about the 1755 earthquake destroying the tapestry hall in the Alcázar. I live in Lisbon, and I know what a devastating impact the earthquake had here, but I don’t often hear about the damage it did elsewhere, even though I know it was very far-reaching.

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