Sevilla, one of the most beautiful cities we have ever been to visit.

According to legend, Sevilla was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilization. It was called Hispalis under the Romans and Isbiliya with the Moors. Its high point in its history was following the discovery of America.

Sevilla lies on the banks of the Guadalquivir and is one of the largest historical centers in Europe, it has the minaret of La Giralda, one of the largest cathedrals in Christendom, and the Alcázar Palace.

Part of its treasure include Casa de Pilatos, Torre del Oro, the Town Hall, Archive of the Indies (where the historical records of the American continent are kept), the Fine Arts Museum (the second largest picture gallery in Spain), plus convents, parish churches and palaces.

We visited the Alcazar with its marvelous gardens and the Santa Cruz quarter, with cramped streets, flowered balconies, richly decorated facades, and hidden patios. We spent time in the Plaza de España in Maria Luisa Park along the Guadalquivir River. The beautiful Plaza was built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and was a world's fair held in Seville.

After the formal tour, Sharlene and I caught a Hop-On Hop-Off double-decker bus for our own tour.

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