|On our last day in Seville we chose to go on a walking tour of the city. In the past we have avoided organised tours but here we have found them to be very informative and a good way of gaining an understanding of what we are seeing. Our guide was a local who is passionate about his city and showing it to visitors.
The Seville Cathedral is the largest cathedral, and the third largest church in the world.
The General Archive of the Inidies is a 16th century building, next to the Seville Cathedral, which houses 80 million documents and maps relating to the Spanish trade and discoveries of the 16th to 19th centuries. The Indies in the name is reminiscence of Christopher Colombus's mistake that he thought he was in India rather than having discovered a new continent, the Americas. His journal is housed in the building.
We passed through the University of Seville, an 18th century stone building which was once the Royal Tabacco Factory employing 6,000 women at its peak to make cigars. This tabacco factory is where the story of Carmen (novel and opera) originated.
The Flamenco originated in the Andalucia region in the 16th century. It is said have influences from Gypies, Jews, Arabs and indigenous Andalucians.