Europe Destination Guide (TravelNow)
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photo - Domed ceiling in the Salon
de Embajadores, a room in the Reales
Seville was taken from the Moors
by Fernando III in 1248, Seville
was called "Hispalis"
by the Romans and "
Ishbiliya" by the Muslims.
You can still see
Seville's Roman and Muslim past
in the city today. The Moors' Giralda
is now the bell tower for the Cathedral and if you look closely
at its base, you will find it
built on a foundation of Roman
above: The Bell Tower at the top
of the Giralda
As the capital of the Moorish
Kingdom under the Almohads and then
the port of entry for the America's goods
under the Christian kings, Seville became
a prosperous city. In fact, until the
1700's it was considered the most
important city in Spain.
inspired George Lucas's vision for the
Today, Seville is very much a modern
city, with its AVI (high speed train)
access to Madrid and the introduction of
a high tech garbage collection system.
But, unlike other major cities where much
of the old has been neglected or
renovated to the point its lineage is no
longer recognizable, sections of Seville
retain the past. In parts of the old town
of Seville (Santa
Cruz district) it is possible to walk
through vibrant ancient streets and
imagine you are in an old Spanish village.