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Former Spanish show with roots in the Middle Ages, the bullfight was originally reserved for the nobility that was fighting on horseback. The bullrings were public squares, in Sevilla it was in Plaza de San Francisco.

In the eighteenth century was created bullfighting as we know it today. Emerged in Ronda, where it is the oldest bullring in Spain, just a few years later was built the bullring Maestranza in Seville (1760).

Feast contentious and controversial, in Sevilla it’s still an important and popular tradition.

This year figures as El Juli, Manzanares or Morante de la Puebla will perform in Seville.

It is a play on words that should be read NO MADEJA DO, because the central design is a skein of wool (madeja in Spanish). So read can be interpreted as: Seville didn’t leave me (no me ha dejado). Seville has not abandoned me.

Indeed, the city of Seville in the Middle Ages remained faithful to the legitimate King Alfonso, in a civil war against his own son Sancho. Sevilla did not leave the King. Anyway at the end Sancho snatched the throne to which he went as Sancho IV of Castile.

Alfonso X the Wise, more important as an intellectual than a political leader of a kingdom, was author of many works of history, politics, poetry, chess … he is buried in the Royal Chapel of the Cathedral of Seville.
This picture can be seen in the back façade of the City Hall. (XVI century)

With a large river that runs through Seville, the Guadalquivir, the city sits in a fertile valley surrounded by orchards, olive groves and vineyards.

But the symbol of Seville is the orange tree, bitter orange trees.

The sour oranges are not edible, they are mostly decorative trees and the scent of bitter is more intense than the sweet ones. Its fruit is traditionally used to bitter orange marmalade. Some cloistered convents make it and sell this local specialty.

Everywhere in downtown, in neighborhoods .. flood the city of Orange colour in late winter and white flowers in March.
Azahar is the name for Orange flower blossoms, a word of Arabic origin. It has a pervasive and unmistakable perfume that spreads throughout the city.
Lasts a short time, about 3 weeks, but it is a spectacle for the senses.

With orange blossom can be made perfumes, also orange blossom water is calming and is used in baking.
However, the most beautiful thing is to see and smell it once a year in the orange trees of Seville

La Casa de las Sirenas (House of the Sirens) is a French-style mansion built in 1861 and located in the Alameda de Hercules Seville.

It owes its name to the sculptures of mermaids that adorn the main entrance.

Abandoned in 1980 coinciding with the decline of this central district of Seville, was restored and acquired by the City Hall in 1992. Today it houses a community center with many cultural activities.

This Feb. 18 it opens an exhibition of the painter Guillermo Deza..

The pottery in Seville was the main crafts of the city from the Islamic period. The Moorish tiled geometric shapes from XIV century gave way to the tile arista in the XVI based on floral designs. Here it was necessary to make a kind of relief to separate colors.

But it was the Italian Niculoso Pisano who brought in Seville the Renaissance technique of painting on flat tile. This enabled us to expand to many more designs: humans, animals, mythological … a good disciple of this latter style was our artist in the Alcazar Cristobal de Augusta.

Resultado de imagen de azulejos del pensamiento y la imaginación alcazar     Resultado de imagen de azulejos del pensamiento y la imaginación alcazar

It represents the 14 stations of Christ’s journey from the palace of Pontius Pilate to Calvary for crucifixion.

With destination the Cathedral on Sunday 17 February, there will be parades, 14 “pasos” reproducing the corresponding 14 stations or scenes: the reading of the sentence, the three falls, the Crucifixion, the Burial …

It is a unique opportunity to see, the processions in the street at a time that is not Easter, the big festival of Seville.

Also with a dramatization by the classical theater company, in various scenes featuring characters that inhabited the walls of Alcazar: Isabel la Catolica, Pedro I the Cruel or the Sultan Al-Mutamid can be seen around here.

The Real Alcazar of Seville is the oldest royal residence in Europe still in use, built in the X century by Muslims was also the palace of the Christian kings.

An architectural jewel of 1000 years of history and a magical place to get lost.

Visits are organized and will take place Thursday and Friday. It has been such a succesul idea that the tickets are sold out for next representations. But in the coming months we’ll enjoy it.

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The marmalade is made by the nuns of Santa Paula, from their orange orchard.

It is also well known in England. The Scots and English who came in the nineteenth century to the Rio Tinto mines exported the bitter orange to their country of origin and there, Seville jam (with Seville orange) was fundamental in the English breakfast.

The orange, or citrus aurantium, was brought the Arabs in the south of Spain. It is also used for perfumes, essences, confectionery and the orange blossom water has curative properties.

Finally, in China there is a belief that the bitter orange tree is a tree that brings happiness.