La Catedral de Sevilla, and La Giralda.
Sevilla is an amazing city with stunning attractions, including the world's largest Gothic building (La Catedral de Sevilla) and a magnificent Arab fortress (El Alcazar). Apart from the main attractions, there is also a large plaza (Plaza de Españ
a), which contains structures built for the 1929 Spanish-American Exhibition. A fun fact about them is that near the walls, there are tiled alcoves representing each Spanish province. The plaza is shaped like a half-moon, with the buildings at the edge, and a beautiful fountain in the middle. The structures are separated from the tiled plaza by a moat. Nice, quaint bridges cross the moat. Today, we were going to meet our Spanish friend here, in the plaza.
Once we met with him, we then proceeded to walking towards the main attractions.
Plaza de España.
First of all, we decided to visit Sevilla's Cathedral, as we've been told that it is one of the largest churches in the world. On our way there, we passed many small, quaint parks and strolled through large avenues. The heat was unbelievable, but as I came from the Caribbean, it wasn't that bad. At least in Puerto Rico we have breezes most of the time, but here it felt "stuffy". Apart from the heat, it was a pretty good day.
When we arrived to the cathedral, we marveled at the humongous size of this great structure. The architecture was beautiful, with many Gothic-styled buttresses and a nice shade of pale yellow. Crowning it all is a tall belltower known as "La Giralda". This amazing structure has been through many changes as time progressed.
The huge interior inside the cathedral.
It was first built with Islamic influence, being the minaret of the mosque. As it later passed on to Christian hands, the top was modified. Many other changes came along. When we entered the cathedral, the inside was very shady, having little lighting. We saw a monument dedicated to Columbus, and beautiful organs. After seeing the cathedral, we visited some gardens near the "Alcazar" fortress. They were very nicely decorated, but I preferred the Gardens at Generalife.
We had so limited time, that we couldn't really visit anything else, so we decided to eat a quick bite at a really good cafe. I enjoyed every part of my sandwich, =D. The cafe was relaxing, but we had limited time. After the good tour through the city, we bid farewell to our Spanish friend, and departed.