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Originally founded as a Roman city and now home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Seville is front-loaded with historic charm. The Alcazar palace complex is a stunning collage of architectural styles, and the Cathedral is famed for its beauty and its status as Christopher Columbus’ burial site. Designed to offer shade in sunny Spain, the Metropol Parasol is the world’s largest wooden structure, a massive mix of grids and swirls that contains a market and a terrace observatory. And you can’t mention Seville without talking about flamenco—get a lesson or take in a professional show. There’s lots more to do and we’ve got recs below.

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How to do Seville in a weekend

Flamenco dancing, Mudéjar architecture, and so many tapas
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An architect's guide to Seville

I first visited Seville as a teenager, longing to become an architect, which I can proudly say I am today. (See, dreams do come true!) Since then, I’ve returned countless times and am always impressed by Seville’s rich design, tracing 2,200 years of history. From palaces of the Islamic era to extravagant Baroque buildings and ultra-modern structures, these are Seville’s most significant architectural sites.
Carlos Casuso, Madrid, Spain
  • Catedral de Sevilla
    26,952
    You can’t ignore the city’s crown jewel: the cathedral. Seville has the largest Gothic church in the world. It was built on top of a 12th-century mosque, but some of the Islamic elements remain, such as the courtyard and the minaret, which was transformed into the elegant La Giralda bell tower. Inside, you can appreciate many treasures, such as the show-stopping main altarpiece and the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
  • Real Alcazar de Sevilla
    36,259
    The Alcazar, or Royal Palace, is a masterpiece of Mudejar architecture. (Mudejar is the term used to name the Muslims that stayed in Spain after the Christian reconquest.) Built in the 14th century with intricate carved walls, it has survived almost intact until the present day. Look familiar? You may recognise it as Dorne’s palace in Games of Thrones.
  • Ayuntamiento (City Hall)
    440
    I have to hand it to the Italians: Renaissance architecture wasn’t as popular in Spain. But it did inspire a new style in Seville, called Plateresque. The first—and perhaps the most exquisite—example is the City Hall façade. Built in the 16th century, when Seville was among the richest cities in the world, the municipal building is as intricate as the city itself.
  • Casa de Pilatos
    3,822
    This gorgeous palace belongs to the House of Medinaceli, one of the oldest noble families in Spain. It combines the finest elements of Mudejar and Renaissance architecture, making it an essential visit to understand the city’s various influences. The tilework that covers most of its walls and floors will leave you in total awe. Fun fact: In 1966, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy held a charity gala here.
  • Palacio de San Telmo
    184
    The Baroque style ruled Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. You can find many Baroque gems in the city, such as this magnificent palace conceived as a naval academy. Although you aren’t allowed to go inside, you can admire its most important feature—the façade and the impressive entrance. Look closely: The marble doorway depicts allegories of the arts and sciences.
  • Plaza de España
    45,065
    In 1929, Seville celebrated its first World’s Fair, and this incredible complex was the centerpiece of the exhibition. Inspired by Spanish Renaissance architecture, the columned circular plaza is a symbol of the country, with 50 alcoves covered with coloured tiles representing each province of Spain. It has appeared in many films, including Lawrence of Arabia and the Star Wars prequels.
  • Pabellon de la Navegacion - Sevilla
    194
    Between the Barcelona Olympics and the Seville World Fair, both in 1992, Spain really stepped into the spotlight. The Pavilion of Navigation, dedicated to the golden age of Spanish navigation, was one of the largest. Created by Seville-born architect Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra, the building has elegant lines and an interior space resembling a ship’s hull. Now, it serves as the city’s naval museum.
  • Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol)
    10,259
    This cutting-edge construction—a towering, latticed wooden structure unlike any other—is the newest addition to Seville’s cultural scene. Designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer and completed in 2011, it has a lot to offer: archeological remains in the basement, a market, some restaurants, and a rooftop promenade with sweeping city views. Tip: Go at sunset to watch the skyline turn gold.
  • Centro Ceramica Triana
    111
    Cross the Guadalquivir River, and you’ll enter Triana, my favourite neighbourhood and a buzzy nightlife district. I’d argue Triana is even better in the daytime, when you can see its famous ceramics. Set within a former tile factory, this museum honours the craft both inside and out. I love to admire the beautiful façade, which is covered in ceramic pieces.