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Read and listen to the next in the series of parallel texts in Spanish and English about Sevilla in Andalusia. This is a great way to pick up lots of new phrases in Spanish and to test your current listening comprehension skills. It is also a fantastic way to learn a little every day about Spain as I focus on all of its major cities. Sevilla in Andalusia is a wonderful, vibrant city that has so much to offer. Also don’t forget to catch up on all of the other free parallel texts so far, such as the city guides on Madrid, Bilbao and Granada. I have many more guides to record and I would love you to join me on my tour around Spain! 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 4 Sitios de interés

In Spanish:

Sevilla está llena de maravillosos edificios y monumentos de gran interés histórico y nunca hay tiempo suficiente para explorarlos totalmente. La catedral de Sevilla fue construida entre 1401 y 1519 después de la “Reconquista” en el antiguo emplazamiento de la mezquita de la ciudad y es una de las más grandes catedrales medievales y góticas. Es realmente hermosa por dentro, con una gran cantidad de oro que deslumbra los ojos.

Algunos de los elementos originales de la mezquita se conservan en la catedral. El más obvio de ellos es La Giralda, originalmente un minarete, que se convirtió en un campanario. Las rampas desde y hacia la torre fueron construidas para permitir a la gente montar a caballo hasta la cima. La estatua en la parte superior de la torre es conocida como El Giraldillo y representa la fe. Se puede subir a la cima y merece la pena disfrutar de las vistas de toda la ciudad.

Frente a la catedral está el magnífico Real Alcázar de Sevilla, un antiguo palacio árabe que fue construido durante un período de cerca de 500 años a partir de 1181. Sus maravillosos jardines son una mezcla de árabe, andaluz, y tradiciones cristianas. Este palacio es uno de los mejores ejemplos que quedan de la arquitectura mudéjar y partes de él todavía son utilizados por la familia real como su residencia oficial de Sevilla.

Otros lugares de interés son el ayuntamiento, construido en el siglo XVI, la Universidad de Sevilla, la Casa de Pilatos, mansión del siglo XVI, la iglesia de Santa Ana y la Plaza de España, una plaza construida por el arquitecto Aníbal González para la Exposición Ibero-Americana del año 1929.

In English:

Seville is full of wonderful buildings and monuments of great historical interest and there is never enough time to explore them all fully. Seville cathedral was built between 1401–1519, after the “Reconquista”, on the former site of the city mosque and is one of the largest of all medieval and Gothic cathedrals. It is absolutely beautiful inside, with a high quantity of gold that dazzles your eyes.

Some of the original elements of the mosque were retained in the cathedral. The most obvious of these is “La Giralda”, originally a minaret that was converted into a bell tower. The ramps to and from the tower were built to allow people to ride on horseback to the top. The statue at the top of the tower is known as “El Giraldillo” and represents “Faith”. You can climb to the top and the views available there across the city really are worth the effort.

Opposite the cathedral is the magnificent “El Real Alcázar de Sevilla”, an old Moorish palace that was built over a period of about 500 years from 1181. Its marvellous gardens are a blend of Moorish, Andalusian, and Christian traditions. This palace is one of the best remaining examples of “Mudéjar” architecture and parts of it are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence.

Other interesting sights include the 16th century town hall, the University of Seville, the 16th century mansion “Casa de Pilatos”, the church of “Santa Ana” and “Plaza de España”, a square built by the architect Aníbal González for the 1929 “Exposición Ibero-Americana”.

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