John and I have spent the last week exploring Seville. This is a city filled with things cultural. From music,
to the fine arts,
to the architecture.
There’s history here. Lots of it. Complicated history.
It’s here that for three centuries Christians and Jews and Moors co-existed relatively collaboratively – until they didn’t; until fundamentalism, fear, and envy changed all that.
This is also the seat of the Spanish Inquisition – and there’s a lot more to that than the simplified stories I’ve read before.
We went for a wander through the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter.
It’s Jewish in name only, they were driven out centuries ago.
It’s from Seville Columbus set sail for the New World. In Alcazar we saw the room where the voyages were planned, where the first maps of the New World were made.
Along with Alcazar, Seville Cathedral is part of a Unesco World Heritage site. The Cathedral is the largest gothic Cathedral in the world.
The tomb of Christopher Columbus had a prominent position in the Cathedral. The gown of the herald from Leon is decorated with scallop shells.
The performing arts are important in Seville, too. We’re off to see the Flamenco tonight at Casa de la Memoria.
And as for the food? It’s an art form in itself, but that’s a story for another day.