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The Hotel Bécquer is situated in the heart of Seville’s historical district, just moments from iconic monuments such as the Cathedral. Visitors who wish to discover the charms of the capital of Andalusia, will find that our hotel offers the perfect starting point for their tour of the city. Here are some of the city’s main places of interest.
- Seville Cathedral
- La Macarena Basilica
- El Archivo General de Indias (General Archive of the Indies)
- Santa Cruz District
- Triana District
- The Real Alcázar (Royal Fortress) of Seville
- San Telmo
Also known as Santa María Cathedral of the Seat of Seville, this Gothic wonder is the third largest Christian temple in the world, after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Recently, in 2010, it was declared a Site of Outstanding Universal Value and, in 1987 UNESCO awarded it the title of World Heritage Site alongside the Archivo de Indias (Archive of the Indies) and the Real Alcázar (Royal Fortress). It is famous for its tower and belfry, more commonly known by the name Giralda, which at a height of 104 metres makes the ideal viewpoint for admiring a good part of the city. Undoubtedly a must-see view.
Also called the Basílica Menor de María Santísima de la Esperanza Macarena Coronada (Minor Basilica of the Virgin Mary of Macarena Crowned Hope), it is situated on calle Bécquer, in the heart of the Macarena district. In colourful, neo-Baroque style, building of the basilica began in 1941 and finished 8 years later in 1949, before it went on to become the seat of the Hermandad de Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Sentencia y de María Santísima de la Esperanza Macarena (Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus Christ of the Death Sentence and the Virgin Mary of Macarena Hope). In 2009 the museum of the basilica was also opened, where visitors can take a tour during Seville Holy Week through processional and liturgical elements which has reunited the brotherhood.
Designed by Juan de Herrera and situated next to the Real Alcázar and the Cathedral, the Archivo General de Inidias was created in 1875 to house documentation relating to the Spanish colonies. Stored here are thousands of maps, drawings and texts relating to the ancient colonies. Like the Cathedral and the Real Alcázar (Royal Fortress), it is considered a World Heritage Site.
The Santa Cruz District, one of the most popular in Seville, received its name from the old parish of Santa Cruz, a Mudejar style church which was destroyed during the French occupation of the city, on a site where the current Plaza de Santa Cruz square was subsequently built. The district consists of a labyrinth of narrow streets, in the style of the old Jewish quarters, and is home to impressive stately homes, family palaces and impressive flower-filled patios.
Situated on the Banks of the Guadalquivir, the Triana District is connected to the city centre by the famous Puente de Isabel II bridge (popularly known as Triana Bridge), a modern iron construction considered a National Historical Monument since 1976. It is said that this district harbours the core of the real essence of Seville. Visitors who delve into its streets will happen upon San Jorge Castle, Santa Ana Church, the Cava, the statue of Juan Belmonte…
Known as the Real Alcázar is the beautiful set of palatial buildings which, surrounded by a wall, is situated in the old quarter of Seville. Although building began in the Late Middle Ages, this complex combines features from all the architectural styles which took place from the 10th to 18th centuries, achieving a surprising mixture of Islamic and Christian art. Especially impressive are its delicate gardens and patios, its magnificent ponds, its tapestry collection… It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987.
In Baroque style, the Palace of San Telmo is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. Built in the 17th century, it is now the seat of the Andalusian Government. It is noted for its magnificent façade in Churriguresque style, a work by Matías and Antonio Matías Figueroa.