Thursday, November 29, 2007

Getting acquainted with Seville

Haven't made a new post for a long time because I'd been travelling and was occupied with work.

One interesting place I got to see was Sevilla in Spain.

The city has a river running through it, called Guadalquivir.


Here's a night time picture from one of its bridges (Puente del la Barqueta?) that connects the main city to island Triana.

There's a lot of life in this area, and not just in the evenings.




Painters doing their thing at the foot of the bridge next morning.





Sevilla (some claim the much smaller Triana) is the birthplace of Flamenco music and dance that are such an important part of Spanish culture.DSC00092

Here's a dancer at one of the shows I got to see.




The landmark that city identifies with most closely is Giralda, the bell tower of the Cathedral of Seville.

DSC00147It's painted on ceramic plates that tourists to the city are supposed buy.

The cathedral is awesome.








And so is the castle nearby, the Alcázar of Seville.

It is a strange structure, because several castles seem to occupy the same place and are fused into each other, much like objects in a Picasso painting.

DSC00150The rich stonework on its walls is unbelievable, even as you look at it.







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