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Social Event

Venue: Guided walking Tour through Seville followed by Dinner at the Hotel Vincci La Rábida.

Thursday, 20th of September, 19:00 – 23:30


The Social Event will start with a walking 60 minutes guided tour of Seville where we will see many touristic and iconic places such as the Cathedral of Seville, the Giralda, the General Archive of India, the Royal Alcazar or the Barrio de Santa Cruz, monuments registered in 1987 by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. You will have the opportunity to see also other singular buildings such as the Archbishop's Palace, the old Hospital of Venerables Proests, the Coin House, etc. 

Seville Cathedral & Giralda:

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, better known as Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral. It is the third-largest church in the world as well as the largest Gothic church.
The Giralda is the bell tower of the Seville Cathedral.
It was originally built as the minaret for the Great Mosque of Seville in al-Andalus, Moorish Spain, during the reign of the Almohad dynasty, with a Renaissance-style top subsequently added by the Catholics after the expulsion of the Muslims from the area. The Giralda was registered in 1987 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, along with the Alcázar and the General Archive of the Indies.
The tower is 104.1 m (342 ft) in height and remains one of the most important symbols of the city, as it has been since the Middle Ages.

Archivo General de Indias:


The "General Archive of the Indies", housed in the ancient merchants' exchange of Seville, the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes, is the repository of extremely valuable archival documents illustrating the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines. The building itself, an unusually serene and Italianate example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, was designed by Juan de Herrera. The archive holds some 43 000 files, with some 80 million pages and 8 000 maps and drawings, mainly from the agencies responsible for the administration of the territories of America and the Philippines.

Reales Alcázares:

 

The Reales Alcázares de Sevilla is one of the most representative monumental compounds in the city, the country and the Mediterranean culture as a whole.
It is a royal palace built for the Christian king Peter of Castile.
It was built by Castilian Christians on the site of an Abbadid Muslim residential fortress destroyed after the Christian conquest of Seville.
Although some elements of other civilizations remain. The palace, a preeminent example of Mudéjar architecture in the Iberian Peninsula, is renowned as one of the most beautiful.
The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as their official residence in Seville, and are administered by the Patrimonio Nacional.
It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe.


Barrio de Santa Cruz:

 

Santa Cruz, is the former Jewish quarter of the medieval city, was Seville's old judería (Jewish quarter), when Ferdinand III of Castile conquered the city from Muslim rule.
It is the primary tourist neighborhood of Seville.
There is the location of many of Seville's oldest churches and is home to the Cathedral of Seville, including the converted minaret of the old Moorish mosque Giralda.
Santa Cruz is typical for its narrow streets, forming an authentic labyrinth. These narrow streets provide protection from the oppressive sun of the Sevillian summer. Scattered through the neighborhood are several plazas or squares.
Among these are the aforementioned Plaza de Santa Cruz, the Plaza de los Venerables, the Plaza de las Cruces, the Plaza de Doña Elvira, and the Plaza de los Refinadores.

Dinner:

 

After this tour, we’re going to enjoy a magnificent evening dinner at Hotel Vincci La Rábida which was an Old Sevillian palace house adapted for use as a guest house, which has as the main attraction its panoramic terrace overlooking the Cathedral where the aperitif will be held.
Afterwards, the banquet will take place in the majestic living room of the house, with a beautiful ceiling with polychrome wood coffered ceiling and the traditional Sevillian tiles painted by hand since the 18th century.


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