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Chapter 44: Plaza de España in María Luisa Park in Seville, Spain

She, Chris and Ansel were dropped off at the spectacular centerpiece of Maria Luisa Park. Plaza de España was stunning. The sweeping, crescent-like pavilion was, according to Chris, built for the Expo Sevilla in 1929, was a masterful blend of three design styles and measured almost a half million square feet. The stunning building combines […]

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Chapter 46: Lion’s Gate at Real Alcázar in Seville, Spain

Chris and Michelle were pretending to wait in the long ticket line for Real Alcázar when a bell inside La Giralda began striking twelve. Each peal sounded like a death knell. Real Alcázar is the epicenter of 2,000 years of Sevilla’s history. The earliest building on this site dates from the first century. It continued […]

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Chapter 44: South Tower at Plaza de España in Seville, Spain

The men barely noticed the grandeur in their rush to get to the rendezvous point beneath the south tower. Plaza de España is anchored by two glorious towers. This is Torre Sur. Decorating the red brick are ceramic tiles that have been glazed and intricately painted. They are called azulejos, derived from an Arabic word […]

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Chapter 37: La Giralda next to Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain

The answer is La Giralda.” “What’s that?” Ansel asked. “It was a grand minaret built in the late twelfth century alongside the former Aljama Mosque in Seville, Spain. Since the Christians converted it into a cathedral in the mid-thirteenth century, it has eighteen bells and six clappers, among the most in Europe.” At the 343 […]

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Chapter 35: Ferdinand III Monument in Plaza Nueva in Seville, Spain

The dogs continued to frolic at the base of a tall monument in Plaza Nueva, a two-acre public square. Ferdinand III looked regal perched on top as an equestrian statue. She resented the thirteenth-century king of Castile and León. His military prowess over the Muslims created a massive Christian empire and earned him sainthood. Ferdinand […]

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Chapter 46: Monument of the Immaculate Conception in Seville, Spain

Chris and Michelle drifted toward the Monument of the Immaculate Conception. The final staging area was about seventy-five feet from the entry point. Since 1918, the Monument of the Immaculate Conception has stood in Plaza del Triunfo. In Seville, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 is a public holiday and holy day […]

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Chapter 46: Courtyard of the Maidens at Real Alcázar in Seville, Spain

“Do you remember seeing the Courtyard of the Maidens during our tour yesterday of Real Alcázar?” “Kind of,” Michelle said, meaning she was clueless. Patio de las Doncellas is a superb example of an Islamic inner-courtyard centered with a reflection pool and fountain plus encircled with arcades called a peristyle. The exquisite first level was […]

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Chapter 46: General Archive of the Indies in Seville, Spain

Chris discreetly followed the teenager and dog as they walked behind the General Archive of the Indies. In 1503, 11 years after Queen Isabella I of Castile financed Columbus’ first voyage, she created a board of trade. Casa de Contratación regulated all shipping to the Americas (then called the Indies). This Spanish Renaissance building designed […]

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Chapter 46: Central Post Office in Seville, Spain

He was about ready to return to the hotel when a commotion in front of the Central Post Office diagonal from Seville Cathedral caught his eye. Correos y Telegrafos above the door means mail and telegraphs. This Art Deco edifice became the city’s main post office when it opened in 1930. The coat of arms […]

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Chapter 44: Gardens of Real Alcázar in Seville, Spain

While savoring the seventeen-acre royal garden, Michelle got a call from Ansel. She ignored it. All of the Al-Andalus palaces preserved in Spain are surrounded by elaborate gardens. Real Alcázar is a beautiful example. Imagine strolling along a labyrinth of paths through 17 acres of sculpted bushes, fruit orchards, flower beds, Mediterranean trees and palms […]