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Seville Tour I

This morning we met our local guide in Seville, Elena, for a city tour.  There are tons of gardens and the city is very green.  The old city is also surrounded by not one, but two walls - one Roman and one Arab which served as defense ages ago.  Seville was once the richest city in the world and held the title for nearly three centuries.  This is due to its river, port and ease of delivering goods to other regions.

Many of the cities' buildings were built for the 1929 Expo, including the Square of America.  Christopher Columbus is a source of huge pride throughout the country but especially in this region (where his remains are).

Our first stop was Plaza Espana - a magnificent plaza that took 12 years to build.  The plaza is surrounded by structures which feature detailed ceramics - including 50 benches, decorated in honor of each province.  And there is a fountain in the center.


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