Learn all about Sevilla in this series of five parallel Spanish English texts with Spanish audio. Sevilla is the quintessential “Spanish” city with its hot sunshine, flamenco music, white houses and energetic party atmosphere. Andalusia is probably the most popular tourist destination in Spain due to its consistently fine weather, but more often than not people tend to stick to the beaches and not explore much inland. There are many amazing inland cities in Andalusia to visit such as Cordoba, Granada and Sevilla and I would put Sevilla top of the list. It might be worth travelling outside of the summer months if you aren’t a fan of extreme heat. This lesson is part of the Spanish English Parallel Texts Course and all of the lessons in this course are available completely FREE.

Parallel Texts Sevilla Parte 1 Introducción

In Spanish:

Sevilla está situada en el suroeste de España a orillas del río Guadalquivir. Es la capital de Andalucía y el centro artístico, cultural y financiero del sur de España. A la gente de Sevilla se les conoce como sevillanos o sevillanas o hispalenses y Sevilla es la cuarta ciudad más grande de España por detrás de Valencia, Barcelona y Madrid.

Sevilla tiene más de 2.000 años de antigüedad y se dice que fue originalmente fundada por Hércules. Fue llamada “Hispalis” bajo el Imperio Romano y más tarde los moros le pusieron el nombre de “Isbiliya” cuando conquistaron la ciudad en el año 712. Antes de esto, en los siglos quinto y sexto, también había sido conquistada por vándalos y visigodos. Permaneció bajo dominio musulmán hasta el año 1248, cuando cayó con Fernando III y todavía conserva gran parte de su historia árabe, incluyendo amplios tramos de la muralla de la ciudad.

Sevilla disfrutó de una edad de oro de desarrollo a raíz del descubrimiento de América y la riqueza acumulada por la concesión de un monopolio de comercio con los territorios españoles en el Nuevo Mundo.

In English:

Sevilla is located in south west Spain on the banks of the River Guadalquivir, is the capital of Andalusia and is the artistic, cultural, and financial centre of southern Spain. The people of Sevilla are known as “Sevillanos/Sevillanas” or “Hispalenses” and Sevilla is the fourth largest city in Spain, close behind Valencia, Barcelona and Madrid.

Sevilla is over 2,000 years old and is said to have been originally founded by Hercules. It was called “Hispalis” under the Romans and then later renamed “Isbiliya” by the Moors when the city was taken in 712. Previous to this, in the 5th and 6th centuries, it had also seen Vandal and Visigoth conquests. It remained under Muslim control until 1248 when it fell to Fernando III and still retains much of its Moorish history, including large sections of the city wall.

Sevilla enjoyed a golden age of development following the discovery of America and the wealth accumulated due to the awarding of a monopoly of trade with the Spanish territories in the New World.

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