Historic Sevilla, Spain

Pabellón Mudéjar, Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares (The Museum of Arts and Traditions of Sevilla in the Mudéjar Pavilion) in Maria Luisa Park, in Plaza de America, Sevilla, Spain

Pabellón Mudéjar, Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares (The Museum of Arts and Traditions of Sevilla in the Mudéjar Pavilion) in Maria Luisa Park, in Plaza de America, Sevilla, Spain

Pabellón Mudéjar, Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares (The Museum of Arts and Traditions of Sevilla in the Mudéjar Pavilion) is located in Maria Luisa Park, in Plaza de America, Sevilla, Spain. “It served as an art pavilion, the Pabellón de Arte Antiguo, for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, when Aníbal González had the opportunity to design several additional permanent buildings for the plaza. The exterior is ceramic over brick, and has three doors with archivolts adorned with glazed tiles (azulejos).” – Wikipedia

Plaza de España (Spain Square), located in the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park), Sevilla, Spain

Plaza de España (Spain Square), located in the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park), Sevilla, Spain

Tower and tiled "Province Alcoves" at the Plaza de España (Spain Square), located in the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park), Sevilla, Spain

Tower and tiled “Province Alcoves” at the Plaza de España (Spain Square), located in the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park), Sevilla, Spain

Plaza de España (Spain Square), located in the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park), Sevilla, Spain, was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, and is a landmark example of the Renaissance Revival style in Spanish architecture.

One of several bridges representing the four ancient Kingdoms of Spain at the Plaza de España (Spain Square), located in the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park), Sevilla, Spain

One of several bridges representing the four ancient Kingdoms of Spain at the Plaza de España (Spain Square), located in the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park), Sevilla, Spain

The Plaza de España has been used as a filming location for a number of movies, including scenes for the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia and was a location in the Star Wars movie series.

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See), better known as Seville Cathedral, Sevilla, Spain

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See), better known as Seville Cathedral, Sevilla, Spain

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See), better known as Seville Cathedral, is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third largest church in the world. It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Giralda (bell tower) of Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See), better known as Seville Cathedral, Sevilla, Spain

Giralda (bell tower) of Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See), better known as Seville Cathedral, Sevilla, Spain

“The Giralda is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Seville. Its height is 343 feet (105 m), and its square base 44 feet (13 m) long per side.  The Giralda is the former minaret of the mosque that stood on the site under Muslim rule, and was built to resemble the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, Morocco. It was converted into a bell tower for the cathedral after the Reconquista,‪ although the topmost section dates from the Renaissance. It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

“The tower is 104.1 meters (341 feet) in height and was one of the most important symbols in the medieval city.  Construction began in 1184 … the works were completed on March 10 of 1198, with the placement of four gilt bronze balls in the top section of the tower… In the 16th century the belfry was added.” – Wikipedia

Pierre Dancart’s masterpiece retablo (altarpiece) in Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See), better known as Seville Cathedral, Sevilla, Spain

Pierre Dancart’s masterpiece retablo (altarpiece) in Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See), better known as Seville Cathedral, Sevilla, Spain

One of the most noticeable features in the Cathedral is the vast Gothic retablo (devotional painting, more specifically, a painting, sculpture or combination of the two, rising behind the altar of a church) of carved scenes from the life of Christ. This altarpiece was the lifetime work of a single craftsman, Pierre Dancart.

Cristobal Colon's (English -- Christopher Columbus) tomb in Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See), better known as Seville Cathedral, Sevilla, Spain

Cristobal Colon’s (English — Christopher Columbus) tomb in Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See), better known as Seville Cathedral, Sevilla, Spain

After its completion in the early 16th century, the Seville Cathedral supplanted Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, as the largest cathedral in the world, a title the Byzantine church had held for nearly a thousand years. The cathedral is also the burial site of Christopher Colon (Columbus).

This balcony was the historical setting for the opera "Barber of Seville", Sevilla, Spain

This balcony was the historical setting for the opera “Barber of Seville”, Sevilla, Spain

Memorial column to Cristobal Colon (the Spanish name of the explorer known in English as Christopher Columbus), Sevilla, Spain

Memorial column to Cristobal Colon (the Spanish name of the explorer known in English as Christopher Columbus), Sevilla, Spain

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