Seville - other sights
The Church of the Macarena
(Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza Macarena).
Macarena was a female name, long before it was a silly song and dance.
This church is particularly known for the main statue of Virgin of Hope of Macarena, sometimes known simply as La Macarena. There are two other fine statues of Mary and Jesus in side chapels.
The cathedral is considered the third largest in the world. Construction was started in the 15th C to replace the converted mosque.
The tower, called La Giralda, was originally the minaret of the mosque that occupied the site. It was extended upwards when the cathedral was built. Internally there is a ramp most of the way to the viewing gallery and only a single flight of steps.
The tomb of Christopher Columbus is inside the cathedral. It is debateable how much of him (if anything) is interred there. His brother, Hernando, is buried nearby.
Torre del Oro
This was originally built by the Moors in the 13th C to control the Guadalquivir river. It was later extended and now houses a small museum of the Spanish Navy including the early voyages of exploration. The roof is accessible and gives good views of the river.
It is close to the Cathedral.
Plaza de Espãna
This was built for the 1929 Exhibition. It is an extravagant semi-circular building with a water-way in front.
There is a small military museum there, open only in the morning. We didn't realise that when we were there.