49 Facts About Seville


Seville is the capital and largest city of the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville.

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The Seville harbour, located about 80 kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean, is the only river port in Spain.

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NO8DO is the official motto of Seville, popularly believed to be a rebus signifying the Spanish, meaning "She [Seville] has not abandoned me".

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Seville'spalis developed into one of the great market and industrial centres of Seville'spania, while the nearby Roman city of Italica remained a typically Roman residential city.

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Powerful taifa kingdom with capital in Seville emerged after 1023, in the wake of the fitna of al-Andalus.

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Public buildings were constructed including churches—many of which were built in the Mudejar and Gothic styles—such as the Seville Cathedral, built during the 15th century with Gothic architecture.

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Unlike other harbours, reaching the port of Seville required sailing about 80 kilometres up the River Guadalquivir.

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The choice of Seville was made in spite of the difficulties for navigation in the Guadalquivir stemming from the increasing tonnage of ships as a result of the relentless drive to make maritime transport cheaper during the late Middle Ages.

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Nevertheless, technical suitability issues notwithstanding, the choice was still reasonable in the sense that Seville had become the largest demographic, economic and financial centre of Christian Andalusia in the late Middle Ages.

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Since only sailing ships leaving from and returning to the inland port of Seville could engage in trade with the Spanish Americas, merchants from Europe and other trade centres needed to go to Seville to acquire New World trade goods.

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Seville fell very quickly at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

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Radio Seville opposed the uprising and called for the peasants to come to the city for arms, while workers' groups established barricades.

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Under Francisco Franco's rule Spain was officially neutral in World War II, and like the rest of the country, Seville remained largely economically and culturally isolated from the outside world.

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Trade unionism in Seville began during the 1960s with the underground organisational activities of the Workers' Commissions or Comisiones Obreras, in factories such as Hytasa, the Astilleros shipyards, Hispano Aviacion, etc.

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Seville visited the city again on 13 June 1993, for the International Eucharistic Congress.

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The Seville Airport was expanded with a new terminal building designed by the architect Rafael Moneo, and various other improvements were made.

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Seville is on the same parallel as United States west coast city San Jose in central California.

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Seville is located inland, not very far from the Andalusian coast, but still sees a much more continental climate than the nearest port cities, Cadiz and Huelva.

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Seville has a Mediterranean climate, featuring very hot, dry summers and mild winters with moderate rainfall.

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Seville is located in the lower part of the Guadalquivir Valley, which is often referred to as "the frying pan of Spain", as it features the hottest cities in the country.

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Seville is a municipality, the basic level of local government in Spain.

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Seville is the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia, according to Article 4 of the Statute of Autonomy of Andalusia of 2007, and is the capital of the Province of Seville as well.

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Church of Saint Louis of France, located in the historic district of Seville represents an example of Baroque architecture in the 18th century.

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Seville has a corral de comedias theatre, which is the Corral del Coliseo, now used as a residential building.

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Semana Santa is celebrated all over Spain and Latin America, but the celebration in Seville is large and well known as a Fiesta of International Tourist Interest.

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Seville is home to the bi-annual flamenco festival La Bienal, which claims to be "the biggest flamenco event worldwide" and lasts for nearly a month.

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International Boat Show of Seville is an annual event that takes place in the only indoor maritime port of the country, which is one of the most important in Europe.

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Seville had a vibrant rock music scene in the 1970s and 1980s with bands like Triana, Alameda and Smash, who fused Andalusia's traditional flamenco music with British-style progressive rock.

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Triana district in Seville is considered a birthplace of flamenco, where it found its beginning as an expression of the poor and marginalized.

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Typical desserts from Seville include pestinos, a honey-coated sweet fritter; torrijas, fried slices of bread with honey; roscos fritos, deep-fried sugar-coated ring doughnuts; magdalenas or fairy cakes; yemas de San Leandro, which provide the city's convents with a source of revenue; and tortas de aceite, a thin sugar-coated cake made with olive oil.

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Seville is the most populated city in southern Spain, and has the largest GDP of any in Andalusia, accounting for one-quarter of its total GDP.

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Economic activity of Seville cannot be detached from the geographical and urban context of the city; the capital of Andalusia is the centre of a growing metropolitan area.

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Outside of Seville are nine PS20 solar power towers which use the city's sunny weather to provide most of it with clean and renewable energy.

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Seville has conference facilities, including the Conference and Convention Centre.

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The internationally recognised company Neocodex has its headquarters in Seville; it maintains the first and largest DNA bank in Spain and has made significant contributions to scientific research in genetics.

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Seville is considered an important technological and research centre for renewable energy and the aeronautics industry.

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Seville is served by the TUSSAM bus network which runs buses throughout the city.

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Seville metro is a light metro network serving the city of Seville and its metropolitan area.

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Seville is on the Red Ciudades AVE, a net created with Seville connected to 17 major cities of Spain with high-speed rail.

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The number of people using bicycles as a means of transport in Seville has increased substantially in recent years, multiplying tenfold from 2006 to 2011.

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San Pablo Airport is the main airport for Seville and is Andalusia's second busiest airport, after Malaga's, and first in cargo.

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Seville is the only commercial river port in Spain and the only inland city in the country where cruise ships can arrive in the historical centre.

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On 21 August 2012, the Muelle de las Delicias, controlled by the Port Authority of Seville, hosted the cruise ship Azamara Journey for two days, the largest ship ever to visit the town.

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Seville has one ring road, the SE-30, which connects with the dual carriageway of the south, the A-4, that directly communicates the city with Cadiz, Cordoba and Madrid.

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Seville is home to many international schools and colleges that cater to American students who come to study abroad.

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Seville is the hometown of two rival association football teams: Real Betis Balompie and Sevilla Futbol Club; both teams play in La Liga.

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Seville has an ACB League basketball club, the Real Betis Baloncesto.

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Seville has hosted both indoor and outdoor World Championships in athletics, while housed the tennis Davis Cup final in 2004 and 2011.

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Seville has been given titles by Spanish monarchs and heads of state throughout its history.

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