|View across to Seville's bull ring|
|The tomb of Christopher Columbus|
|Patio de los Naranjos|
Located just outside the cathedral, the Patio de los Naranjos dates back to the Moorish times when worshippers would wash their hands and feet here, under the orange trees before their daily prayers.
|Inside the Alcazar|
It's easy to be fooled into thinking this is a Moorish palace as some of the rooms and courtyards seem to come straight from the Alahambra. Most of them were actually built by Moorish workmen but for King Pedro the Cruel of Castile in the 1360s who, with his mistress Maria de Padilla, lived and ruled from the Alcazar. Pedro embarked upon a complete rebuilding of the palace, employing workmen from Granada and utilizing fragments of earlier Moorish buildings in Seville, Cordoba and Valencia.
Pedro's work forms the nucleus of the Alcazar as it is today and, despite numerous restorations necessitated by fires and earth tremors, it offers some of the best surviving examples of Mudejar architecture.
Next stop during our brief break in Seville was the Plaza de Espana. Representative of much of the regional architecture, this magnificent construction is highlighted with polychromatic ceramic tiles. The semi-circular plaza is flanked by two spectacular towers and a bordering lake. It was built for the Ibero-American exhibition of 1929. Its creator was Anibal Gonzalez who mixed a style inspired by the Renaissance with typical elements from the city: exposed brick, ceramics and wrought iron, the latter worked by Domingo Prida.
Our final port of call from our post on Seville is the Seville bullring. Whatever you may think of this Spanish tradition it is worth a visit to this magnificent building which is considered to be one of the finest in Spain and is one of the oldest and most important of its type across the globe.
|Farewell from Seville|