We set out today from our apartment with objective of going to the Basilica de la Macarena, finding a Santander Bank as we were in need of some Euros, find the local market and head home for lunch. As Meatloaf says “two out of three ain’t bad”.
The Basilica Macarena was well worth the walk through the many winding streets as the pictures will attest. This neo-baroque cathedral has a treasury where there is a collection of ecclesiastical relics.
As we exited the cathedral, we noticed a very large building about a 1/2 a block away that definitely needed exploring. This is a huge building and as we approached it we saw a large garden on the side. Built in 1546 and up until 1972, this building was home to the Hospital of the “Cinco Llagas” (Five Bruises), but it was not until February 28th, 1992 that it was inaugurated as the Andalusia Parliament Building. Parlamento de Andalucia (Andalusian Regional Parliament). The Hospital de las Cinco Llagas was once housed in this building, in the Macarena District, City of Sevilla (Seville), Province of Sevilla, Andalusia (Andalucia), Spain, Europe.
Having achieved our first objective we began looking for the Santander Bank which we can use to withdraw funds. We walked, and then we walked some more, and then we walked some more and this was all very tiring so we stopped for cafe con leche and some lunch
which just happened to be across the street from the old city walls. After lunch we continued our search, never did find a Santander bank but did find a machine with the “plus” sign and we were once again “flush” with Euros.
Along the way we also stumbled upon the Convento De Capuchinos which had a beautiful exterior however it was not open for“Cultural” visits. In addition, on our way to the Sevilla Cathedral we once again stumbled upon the La Iglesias De San Julian; a simply lovely church both on the exterior as well as the interior.
We arrived at the Seville Cathedral (Cathedral de Sevilla) in the afternoon. This building is gigantic. Apparently it is the third largest cathedral in Europe. It is magnificent, simply jaw dropping! This 16th century Gothic cathedral is the third-largest church in the world. It is also the largest cathedral in the world, as the two larger churches, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida and St. Peter’s Basilica, are not the seats of bishops. There are 80 chapels and 14 doors on the four sides of the building. It is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus. The cathedral was completed in 1506 after 101 years in construction. The dome of the cathedral has collapsed twice, once 5 years after completion and again due to an earthquake in 1888. we all climbed the 35 ramps to the top of the Giralda Tower for some magnificent views.
- Go To: Seville Cathedral
After our visit to the cathedral, we went to a very unique wooden structure called the Metropol Parasol. It is certainly an eye catcher. We will visit inside at a later date as we are really very tired from walking close to 20,000 steps.
We finished the day by going to our Airbnb Hosts recommendation for a restaurant. The area where are is known for its Tapis (small plates) usually around 2 1/2 Euros. Es Lava was fabulous place to eat and we arrived with perfect timing because, as we left there was a considerable lineup waiting for seats either inside or outside.
All for now.