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Cultural Programme

Cultural program

Thanks to the collaboration of Real Alcázar, we can offer a visit with official guide in English for 3 Euros (the official fee without guide is 9.5 Euros!) on Saturday 17th September at 17.00 H. 

The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace originally developed by Muslim kings. The palace is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Spain, being regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of mudéjar architecture found on the Iberian Peninsula. The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence. The Alcazar was selected like location for the famous tv serie Games of Thrones.

“If heaven really does exist, then let's hope it looks a little bit like the inside of Seville's Alcázar. Built primarily in the 1300s during the so-called 'dark ages' in Europe, the castle's intricate architecture is anything but dark. Indeed, compared to our modern-day shopping malls, the Alcázar marks one of history's architectural high points. Unesco agreed, making it a World Heritage Site in 1987.” Lonely Planet Top Choice.

 

 

Guided visit to the Royal Tobacco Factory

The Royal Tobacco Factory (SpanishReal Fábrica de Tabacos) is an 18th-century stone building in Seville, southern Spain. Since the 1950s it has been the seat of the rectorate of the University of Seville. Prior to that, it was, as its name indicates, a tobacco factory: the most prominent such institution in Europe, and a lineal descendant of Europe's first tobacco factory, which was located nearby. It is one of the most notable and splendid examples of industrial architecture. The main character of Bizet's opera Carmen is a cigarrera at the Royal Tobacco Factory.

 

During the visit to the Royal Tobacco Factory we will enjoy a cocktail and a performance of the Contemporary dance company “Danza Mobile

We are working in order to offer conference’s participants an excellent cultural program. As you can read below in a brief report of the history of Seville, the city enjoys an incomparable heritage.

Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. It is situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir. Its Old Town, the third largest in Europe with an area, contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. The Seville harbor is the only river port in Spain. Seville was founded as the Roman city of Hispalis, and was known as Ishbiliya after the Muslim conquest in 712. During the Muslim age in Spain, Seville came under the jurisdiction of the Caliphate of Córdoba before becoming the independent Taifa of Seville and finally being incorporated into the Christian Kingdom of Castilla under Fernando III in 1248. After the discovery of the Americas, Seville became one of the economic centres of the Spanish Empire as its port monopolised the trans-oceanic trade and the Casa de Contratación (House of Trade) wielded its power, opening a Golden Age of arts and literature. In 1519, Fernando Magallanes departed from Seville for the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Coinciding with the Baroque period of European history, the 17th century in Seville represented the most brilliant flowering of the city's culture.

 

 

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