Spain 2012 Trip (part 2/?)

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Seville: Cathedral

Ah, Seville — a lovely city where it’s easy to find the major attractions and sights, but impossible to find your boutique hotel in the Old Quarter once the sun sets. Seriously, there were so many little streets and not-really streets that went nowhere or in circles or took you to the other side of the city, haha. Maps don’t matter in the Old Quarter, so if you ever stay in a hotel in that part of the city, bring some breadcrumbs to find your way back. It’s worth it though, because they allow very few cars in the area (only taxis really) so it’s easy and fun to walk around, and a large portion of the area layout and building architecture has remained unchanged. Most of the sights you’ll want to see are in or near the Old Quarter, but it’s perfectly easy to walk to the New Quarter for some fine dining and shopping. But in the Old Quarter they have a bunch of shawarma stands — and I tried it a bunch of times and it was always delicious! Thanks Tony Stark 🙂

The Cathedral is right near the entrance to the Old Quarter, and like many things in southern Spain it started out as one thing and then became something else. It was originally a mezquita for the Moors, but when the Christians took over Seville, it was reconstructed to a cathedral. It houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus (they think) and 500 works of art, some by Spanish masters Goya and Murrillo. It’s also the third biggest church in Europe, behind St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London. My pictures don’t do it justice at all (it’s so hard to get good photos in dark churches), but have a looksee:

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