Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Seville The Cultural Capital of Southern Spain

Seville is the cultural capital of southern Spain because of its rich history. The Tartessians were primitive settlers who named the port Spal or lowland.  Romans, Visigoths, and Moors translated the name into their own language until it became Seville.  Each civilization  brought their flavor of architecture, food, and commerce.

 It was the only city in Spain on the edge of a navigable river but far enough away from the threat of pirates on the coast.

 It became the jewel in the Spanish crown after Christopher Columbus sailed from the port in 1492 to discover America. The first sailor to sight America and shout 'land ahoy", was from Seville.  After two months at sea Juan Rodriguez Bermejo was excited to see the land of San Salvador.  Amerigo Vespucci was another explorer from Seville who drew maps of his voyages to the new continent.  His maps were so important to spreading the news about the new continent, it was named after him.

  Seville became prosperous as a trade port of gold, silver and precious stones brought back from explorers.
Porcelain  tells the story of merchants prospering from Spaniards bringing back corn, potatoes, tomatoes, beans, cocoa, pineapple, papaya, cinnamon, vanilla and other foods which spread throughout Europe.  

Juan Sebastian Elcano was the first person to sail a ship around the world on September 22, 1522.  He wanted to prove the earth was round so it took him three years to complete the voyage.  
Sweet blossoms fill the air of generations of the past living their lives on a prosperous trade route.  The river allowed Greeks, Phoenicians, and Carthaginians access to foreign travel bringing riches even from the Orient.   

If you want to find out a city's secrets play in it's squares.  There you might see knight's tournaments, festivals, trials, and history.  
Spaniards are famous for bullfighting in this famous arena.  
Bullfighters risk their life to conquer the fierce bull.  Training for the battle takes years
of hard work and dedication.

In Seville homes are decorated with the same flair and artistic talent from generations past.  Art is incorporated into daily living.  Many patios are located in the center of the home to enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate. The practice came from Romans centuries in the past.

Gardens are important to the landscape of the community.  Trees are planted with a plan in unison of a green display of green.

Seville is home to cultures of the past.  They bring with them their own art and view of the world.

Flamenco brings a rich history of dance which tells emotions of joy, loneliness and romance.

The Spanish guitar compliments the passionate voice and graceful movements.

Sample delicious tapas at the Estrella, down the street from the Flamenco Museum.

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