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SEVILLE

The river Guadalquivir crosses the city of north to south, navigable from the capital up to its mouth in Sanlúcar de Barrameda . The city is in an alluvial plain and is 542 km far away from the capital of Spain, Madrid.

According to the legend, Seville was founded by Hercules and its origins raise to the Tartessos´ civilization. It was named Seville under the Roman Empire and Isbiliya con the Muslims. Its major summit took place after the discovery of America.

In its long history, Seville possesses a huge monumental and artistic patrimony that bewilders the visitor. The most representative building is The Cathedral that represents the capital and La Giralda, the only vestige of the Major Mosque close to the court of the Orange trees (Patio de los Naranjos), its beautiful symbol.

The gardens of Reales Alcázares (the Royal Fortresses) are full of histories of Arabic chiefs and Visigoths kings. La Torre del Oro (the Tower of Gold) keep an eye on the river Guadalquivir passing by... And among other emblematic buildings the visitor will find the Archepiscopal Palace, La Casa de la Moneda, the Tabacos's Royal Factory, San Telmo's Palace and the the File of Indias.

GASTRONOMY: Seville is the kingdom of the tapas (snacks): snails, shrimps, buns of cod stick out on the tables and the bars of the restaurants and bares, which present their named Torrijas of the Holy Week and the world famous fried fish ?pescaíto frito? in the Feria de Sevilla, where women and man of every kind dance ?sevillanas? (most popular flamenco dance) and sing together.

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