We joined the coach at 9am for the tour. After a short drive through the city centre we arrived at the Maria Louisa Park where we left the coach to continue the tour on foot. We had a local guide for the duration of the tour.
The park was created for the 1929 Sevilla Expo and consists of a large gardens with impressive buildings each built by a nation taking part.
One of the many buildings dotted around the park. Not sure who built this one as the local guide was more interested in her conversation with the coach guide than explaining our surroundings.
One of the many fountains, this one started as we approached it. Either it was activated by sensor, or we timed our arrival just right.
From the park it was a short walk to the Plaza de Espana. This impressive monument is also part of the 1929 Expo, and represents the provinces of
This is an example of a regional display.
The centre of the square will have a large lake, with an island in the centre and four bridges decorated in tiles. The bridges are completed, but work is still ongoing in the centre of the square.
Even in its unfinished state the Plaza de Espana is very impressive. Just our luck that the building work has taken longer than expected. Had it been completed on time it would have been even more impressive.
Back on the coach to the oldest part of
Our guided tour ended at the Cathedral. Most of our group went off in search of lunch, but Jan and I had a tour of Real Alcazar booked for 3pm, and wanted to have a look at the Cathedral first.
The interior is a huge imposing space, with richly decorated chapels. However the large number of guided tours and masses of tourists taking photographs detracts from any impression of a church. Jan was struck by the difference with Salisbury Cathedral. They also have masses of tourists, but it remains very much a place of worship.
Despite the museum quality of the Cathedral it is hard not to be impressed by the mausoleum of Christopher Columbus. It was built in 1898, but apparently there is some controversy over whether or not it actually contains the remains of the Admiral.
My favourite part of the visit to the Cathedral was The Giralda bell tower. It is reached by climbing a ramp which was designed so that a horse can reach the top. The tower was very crowded, and we had to queue to get to the front for a view such as the above.