Brief History of Seville
Seville is the fourth largest city of Spain and a prime inland port in the region of Andalusia. It was under Roman occupation during the 2nd century BC and later became an important citadel during the Muslim era. Seville’s rich colonial heritage manifests itself in its splendiferous architectural marvels that dot the city. After the Spaniards discovered the Americas, Seville became an influential trading port. During the 16th century, it became one of the richest and most inhabited cities in Spain. However, the French invasions of the 19th century halted its economic prosperity. Then in the 20th century, under the Iberoamerican Exposition of 1929, economic reforms were carried out and the city’s erstwhile glory was successfully revived. In 1992, the Universal Exposition world fair was held in Seville, which also transformed it into a modernized city. A super fast train station connecting Seville to Madrid was built along with the construction of new roads, stately buildings, an auditorium, theatre and the Congress Palace. This metal fridge magnet with its depiction of Seville’s skyline is an excellent memento for tourists to relive their nostalgic memories of this scenically beautiful Spanish prefecture.
Seville’s Infectious Festive Spirit
There is a predominant festive spirit prevalent in the city that quickly rubs onto visitors as Seville is widely known for its pompous celebrations. The Holy Week for instance is celebrated with much zeal and features vibrantly colored floats that depict various Biblical scenes. For an intimate first hand experience of traditional Seville culture, do pay a visit to the city’s April Fair. The Biennial of Flamenco Art is another major extravaganza that is celebrated with pomp and pelf. The city has a plethora of bars known as tablaos where performers enthrall patrons with their slick Flamenco dance moves.