Seville, Spanish History and Culture

History is plentiful as you make your way around Spain, a stop in Seville Spain will be a welcome destination on your journey through the southern portion of the country. World Heritage sites and Ancient Roman history will add to your adventure in Seville.

Seville is famous for being the center of culture, arts and finance in Southern Spain. There are about 1.5 million residents in the city and its metropolitan area, which is located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Residents often refer to the city as "Sevilla," pronounced "seh-vee-yah." Whether it is called Seville or Sevilla, the city definitely has its own unique history, much of which remains in architecture and culture today. Several historic as well as modern apartments in Seville will add to the experience of reliving the history the city has to offer.Plaza de Espana Seville Spain

One example of ancient history is the aqueduct, which is one of the oldest remaining pieces of historical evidence, dating back to the Roman days. At that time, the city was called "Hispalis." Seville's documented history began more than 2,000 years ago. It has been greatly influenced by medieval days, the Renaissance and baroque periods. Much of its cultural influence comes from Arabic culture and the religion of Islam. Alcazar Seville SpainIn the time period between the 5th and 6th centuries, the Vandals and Visigoths were responsible for conquests in the area. After the Moors had their conquest, the city of Seville gained its name, awarded to it by the Muslims who took over the city in 712. It had now become the capitol for the Kings of the Almoravid Dynasty, Umayyad Caliphate and the Almohad Dynasty. Later in 1248, King Fernando III sent his soldiers in to conquer the city in the Catholic Reconquest. Although the days of Moors ruling are far in the past, several sections of the city wall remain from those ancient days. There are also several public structures in the historic district that remain from the Moors' ruling. Another interesting sight to see is the Cathedral, which remains from the era and reflects the rich heritage. Along with the Cathedral, Archivo de Indias and Alcázar are UNESCO World Heritage registered sites.

Trade began to flourish in the 16th century in Seville when the Port of Cadiz was named an official trade port. Spirits were high for a short time until 1649. The unfortunate plague that swept the city devastated the population. With almost half of its residents dead from the Great Plague of Seville, growth and prosperity didn't begin to make a comeback until the 19th century. The Kingdom of Castile began to lose influence of the area as the Spanish Empire unified and made its impact. Population growth, industrialization and trade began to increase again and flourished through the 19th and 20th centuries. There are plenty of places in the city to learn more about Seville's fascinating history. The Traditional Arts &

Customs Museum is a fantastic place to visit. Nestled on a waterfront location, the building itself is a piece of breathtaking history. Tower of Gold Seville SpainSeville is a great destination any time of year. The climate is a mix of Mediterranean and Arid. Average temperatures in the winter months range between 40-60 degrees. Summers are hot and dry, usually ranging between 80-90. Record temperatures have reached 115 or higher in some instances. The air quality is good and the supply is plentiful, as the city's average elevation is 23 feet above sea level. Could Seville be your next stop on your travels through Spain? Seville accommodation are plentiful in this historic city. Need more information on traveling in Spain, Beachcomber Pete can help.



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