Seville Founded By Hercules The City Famous for actors, acting festival in april Fine arts museum is the second largest picture gallery in Spain Gothic Cathedral The cathedral was built on the site of an old mosque The central nave rises 42 meters 11,520 square meters in area Tomb of Christopher Columbus Giralda Tower Took twelve years to construct (finished in 1196) Bell tower used to call moors to prayer Alcazar •The Christian monarchs, Alfonso X and Pedro I employed Moorish craftsmen to build the Real Alcazar of Seville in the 14th century •Palace of Pedro I is considered to be the most complete example of this socalled Mudéjar architecture in Spain Santa Cruz Santa Cruz church of Seville was originally located at the Plaza de Santa Cruz. It was destroyed by the French in 1811 and therefore moved to the former church of the Clérigos Regulares Menores del Espíritu Santo, where it is located today The church is located in the famous Barrio de Santa Cruz, which was once the "new" Jewish quarter of Seville. Flamenco dancing Flamenco is the traditional song and dance of the Gypsies (flamencos) of Andalusia. Its history can be traced over several centuries from Gypsy, Moorish, Andalucian, and other roots. Its evolution is a source of great debate with no accepted explanation of how flamenco resulted from the cultural influences of such diverse regions as North Africa, Southern Europe and the Near and Far East. Flamenco has never been more popular in Spain and abroad than it is today with a new generation of new flamenco performers in the post-Franco era who have broadened flamenco's appeal to an international audience.