Scenes from Seville Beyond Game of Thrones
La Giralda, the city’s most recognizable landmark, is the bell tower of Seville’s St. Mary’s Cathedral
#Bucketlist this: Spain
Ah, Seville. The scent of citrus permeates the air, the mosaic of Spanish and Moorish architecture pleases the eyes and the history and the romance infuse the traveller’s senses. And it is this architecture that enchanted the producers of the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones. The Alcazar Palace is where many scenes from Season 5 of GoT were filmed, standing in as the palace from which the House of Martell rules Dorne. But you can go beyond the fantasty of the Seven Kingdoms and experience Seville for all its beauty, as we did, during a guided tour with our Insight Vacations guide.
This is the Andalusian city of orange trees and ornate decoration, the city of passionate flamenco and fiery-hued buildings, the city of Magellan, and of Don Juan and the Barber of Seville. The medieval city, some say, founded by Hercules himself, more than 3 millennia ago. The stadium still stands for the bullfights, the plaza de toros, and its resplendent façade belies the carnage that sometimes lies inside. No matter, you can still appreciate its architectural beauty, whether you agree with the sport.
In the old quarter, the streets wind their way through tiled courtyards, wrought-iron gates, miniature plazas that serve as meeting places for the locals. Everywhere, when the sun is out, are tables and chairs, Sevillanos sipping their coffee, or their chocolate and churros.
On this day, the Seville cathedral, St. Mary, is closed to the tourist. There is a slight melancholy that fills the air. The Duchess of Alba has passed, and she lies in state in this Catholic cathedral, the largest Gothic, and third largest church in the world. It is the seat of the bishop here, which would also rank it the largest cathedral on the planet, after Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
And finally, the food! Paella, a favourite Spanish dish, is served at table in its cooking pan, for all to share