Seville presents itself to its visitors as a trimillennial city, a perfect example of the evolution of European civilization and its dozens of cultural influences from all over the Mediterranean. All this thanks to the large river inland port, unique in Spain, which has guided the history of the city.
It is that Guadalquivir River, formerly called Betis by the Romans or Tarsis by the Phoenicians, that has attracted inhabitants to its banks and have grown, since the ninth century BC, the city of Seville. Through the narrow streets of the historic center of the city (the largest in Spain and sixth in Europe) you can enjoy the essence, tradition and customs that Sevillians live. In its orange trees, tiles and cobblestones the atmosphere blooms thanks to the always sunny city. And witnesses to its streets are the three UNESCO World Heritage monuments: the Cathedral of Seville with its bell tower, the Giralda; the Royal Alcazars of Seville and the General Archive of indies.
And a city as ancient and traditional as Seville is full of legends and traditions. All thanks to those people, artists and writers, who lived in its streets from the beginning, through the Roman, Christian, Muslim era and its thousands and thousands of inhabitants coming from all over the world when Seville was port and gate of the Indies Americans during the 16th and 17th centuries. Getting lost in the streets of the neighborhood of Santa Cruz, former Jewish quarter of Seville and second largest in Spain, exemplify this legendary nest that has the city, which has served as inspiration for literary and operatic works such as Carmen, the Barber of Seville, Don Giovanni, Don Juan Tenorio, the Weddings of Figaro, Rinconete and Cortadillo and hundreds more works of Hispanic and universal literature.
In addition, on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, two extra-world neighborhoods grew, with the Torre del Oro as a watcher tower: the Arenal and Triana. El Arenal, a neighborhood of sailors who came and went from the Americas, but also bullfighters from the eighteenth century with the construction of the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza de Sevilla. And Triana, a neighborhood par excellence of Seville, former gypsy neighborhood, where you can find the roots of flamenco (Intangible Heritage of Humanity) among its streets and corralas (common houses) of neighbors. In addition, the headquarters of the old Castle of the Spanish Inquisition for the surveillance of those desclasted and despised by the local society who lived in that neighborhood.
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