Almost any tour of Seville, whether it is themed around art, architecture, history, landmarks or even gardens, must begin at the... more » ensemble that earned the city the UNESCO World Heritage designation it so richly deserves: the Cathedral, La Giralda and the Real Alcázar. Not only are they the artistic and architectural heart of Seville, but they are in the city’s geographical heart as well. They represent some of the earliest examples remaining in the city, with structures dating almost intact from the Islamic Caliphate in the 700s. Since then styles have mingled, overlapped and layered into a wonderful blend of styles and centuries.
Visit some overlooked architectural treasures, many of them churches that are overshadowed by the city’s largesse of ecclesiastical gems. Although several of the sights are rarely visited by travelers, the tour remains close to the city’s heart, sampling some delightful examples of each succeeding era through the 1800s, and one 21st-century landmark. Visitors keen to discover more recent examples should head for Maria Luisa Park to see Art Nouveau, and follow the river upstream to see Santiago Calatrava’s smashing 1999 Alamillo Bridge. less «