The past two Wednesdays, I have had shortened class days in order to visit very iconic destinations in Sevilla including La Catedral & Real Alcázar. Last Wednesday my program took us to La Catedral, which just so happens to be the building that I pass every single day on my way to class. Luckily, this time I actually got to go inside! From the moment I entered the cathedral, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of it. First of all, Sevilla Cathedral is the world’s largest Gothic church & the overall third largest cathedral behind the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida and St. Peter’s Basilica. So you can imagine the utter amazement I felt while inside this incredible cathedral. Also, as if the beauty of the cathedral is not enough, the Tower of Giralda is connected to the cathedral as well. The Giralda is the bell tower of the cathedral & you can see it from just about anywhere you are in the city of Sevilla. My favorite part of the entire visit was definitely climbing to the very top of the tower & overlooking the entire city. While I was up there, all I could think about was how lucky I am to call this beautiful place home for the semester.
This past Wednesday, I visited the Real Alcázar with my program. This is a very popular tourist destination because it is where Game of Thrones is filmed. Personally, I wish I have because every guided tour I have been on in Sevilla has mentioned “Juego de Tronos” (Game of Thrones) at least once. The Alcázar is like nothing I have ever seen before. While I was inside, I truly forgot I was in Spain because the architecture was so different from everything else I have seen here. The Alcázar is a royal palace that was originally built for Christian king Peter of Castile & the upper levels are still used today by the royal family. The Alcázar is the oldest royal palace still used in Europe. If you have not noticed by now, Sevilla contains so much important history that I was not aware of before coming here. Overall, I am so glad that my program includes these visits because I learned so so much from the guided tours at both the Alcázar & La Catedral! That is all for this week’s history lesson!! Until next time!!!