Postcards From Seville

The theme for this weekend in Postcards for the Weekend is: from a country you have visited or a favorite place in your country that you have visited. Unable top decide, I am sharing some of the latest postcards I have received. They depict some spots of the the Spanish city of Seville, and were sent by Laura (Spain & the UK). I have been there twice, and I would not mind to be back!


Santa Cruz was the former judería (Jewish quarter) of the medieval city. It is the location of many of Seville's oldest churches and is home to the Cathedra.


The Catedral de Santa María de la Sede ('Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See'), is a Roman Catholic cathedral. It claims to be the largest cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Alcázar palace complex and the General Archive of the Indies.

Its bell tower is named Giralda. It was a former minaret of the mosque that stood on the site, and was built to resemble the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, Morocco

The cathedral is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus.


Lion Gate
The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace, originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings. The postcard above shows the main entrance. Below, you can get a glimpse of the luxurious interior.

View of the Patio de las Doncellas
and the Salón de Embajadores
from the Salón del Techo de Felipe II. Mudéjar Palace


The Plaza de España ('Spain Square') was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is a landmark example of the Regionalism Architecture. The fifty provinces of Spain are represented. On the postcard, you can see the tiled alcoves of the eight Andalusian provinces.


Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located at La Encarnación square, in the old quarter of the city. It was designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer and completed in April 2011. It claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world. Its appearance, location, delays and cost overruns in construction resulted in much public controversy. The building is popularly known as Las Setas de la Encarnación ('Incarnation's mushrooms').

11 comments:

  1. Wow, the Parasol is an incredible structure.

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    1. When we saw it(2012, I think), it was a great surprise. We didn't know that something like that could be on that place. It's amazing, but I understand that it raised a big controversy among inhabitants.

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  2. Thank you for posting the cards of Seville. I would really love to visit the city...the light looks so different in the cards! I had never heard of the Parasol before, but I'd love to see it!

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    1. I think it is worth visiting. Lots to see there!

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  3. Hi Eva, I really enjoyed your post with the cards from Seville! I have not been to Spain but would love to see it someday. The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, third largest church in the world, would have to be one of my stops. Also, the Plaza de Espana … the tiled alcoves of the Andalusian provinces look quite amazing. A very nice post, thank you for sharing!

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    1. In the Spain Square, 48 provinces/regions of Spain are represented (even my village!), so you can spend some time enjoying them and learning geography :D

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  4. Looks like a city with a lot of sights to explore. I've only been to Spain once and that was the Barcelona area and way back when I was only 11 years old...

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    1. Barcelona and Sevilla are very different cities...

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  5. I had forgotten that you had been in Seville twice, Eva. It looks like you still enjoyed the postcards, though. I might have chosen something a bit less "typical" if I had remembered...

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    1. No, these are perfect! :D
      First time was in 1992, and the second just a weekend. So I have still a lot of things to discover in that city!

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  6. Thanks for more Spanish postcards! Spain is a country I wish to visit and I really hope to get more Spain postcards in my mailbox :D

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Thank you for coming. All your comments make me extremely happy.