Autumn, after spring is the best season to visit Seville, especially during the month of October. These are days of mild weather, sunny with some rain, which are not an obstacle to tour the old town, know the monuments and stroll the streets close to the city center.
Is an ideal time to explore the city by bike for its very comprehensive network of bike path, navigate the river in the typical sightseeing cruise or boat-canoe, sail the Guadalquivir to Sanlucar de Barrameda. It is also time to walk in carriage along Maria Luisa’s Park to enjoy nature of the Park.
Coinciding with the national holiday on October 12, Columbus Day, the discovery of America by Columbus, there is a great atmosphere in the streets, keeping open and very active trade the streets markets. Los Gallegos celebrate these days la Romería Gallega in the Alamillo park.
In these holidays and cultural events are also scheduled, premieres in cinemas, theaters, dance, classical music concerts at the Teatro de la Maestranza, as modern musicals, exhibitions in different venues in the city, as Fine Arts Museum as well as numerous shows in theaters and auditoriums. Not forgetting the frequent sporting events.
Some proposals charming October Bridge Pillar in Seville:
The Tomb of Columbus
The tomb of Christopher Columbus is located on the right arm of the transept and consists of four kings of weapons gowns shoulder carrying the coffin of the illustrious personage. They correspond to the four historical kingdoms of Spain: Castile, Leon, Aragon and Navarra. Spain is represented by the four harbingers and America a base of Aztec style. The discoverer is buried here since 1899, after his remains rested in Valladolid, Santo Domingo and Havana. On October 12 evening, it held an emotional ceremony is the wreath at the tomb by the mayor of Seville, a splendid time to enjoy the history and the cathedral, dressed in their finery. Similarly, a religious act Te Deum is celebrated in the chapel of the Virgen de la Antigua, patron of the conquistadors.
The Chapel of Our Lady of the Pillar
Our Lady of the Pillar was brought to Seville by the Navarran soldiers who participated in the reconquest of Seville Fernando III of Castile in 1248, with a protective patronage of the city. Cathedral was built in the chapel, located on the north wall, with access to Giralda, in an altarpiece of the seventeenth century, where we see the image of the Virgin dating from the 1500s.
Path Columbus, Seville elsewhere Colombinos
These days are the best times to commemorate the discovery of America touring the places where he spent Christopher Columbus. Archivo de Indias is the most emblematic place. This Renaissance building houses inside historical documents invaluable for understanding the discovery of America, found some souvenirs of the admiral, as his portrait. The Alcázar, very close to the previous one. He was welcomed Columbus on his return from his second trip and there were installed known as Courtroom, which is dominated by a large painting of the Virgin of Mareantes or Navegantes sheltering with her cloak different characters of the discovery and conquest of the Americas, like Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Juan de la Cosa etc. Colombina Library, located next to the Cathedral and contains all the bibliographic legacy of his son Hernando Colon, who is buried in the after-choir of the Cathedral.
Naval Museum Torre del Oro
Where we find memories of the discovery of America, as the models of the three caravels you, and portraits of the brothers Pinzon among other naval memories.
Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas, at the Cartuja in Seville
where his body was moved by the affection that Colon had this place. There he rested his body for 30 years. It was a retreat for the navigator, since it was the visitor mentioned monastery, and in preparing his travels, this time is the church of this monument, dating from the fifteenth century Gothic and Mudéjar.
Visit the chapel of Santa Ana
Where was the body of Colon and gardens with your name where we find his sculpture, donated by the wife of Carlos Pickman, the creator of faience and ceramics La Cartuja in Seville.
Are the seated statues of Hernan Cortes’ wife, Juana de Zuñiga and her daughter Catherine, buried in the Dominican convent of Madre de Dios, San José Street.
Navigation Pavilion, located next to the Cartuja, which recreates the output port to the Indies, on the River Guadalquivir.
Monuments to Columbus and the discovery in the gardens of Murillo-Catalina Ribera, a large monument made for the Latin American Exhibition of 1929 by the sculptor Marchena Collaut Varela, dominated by a lion and a caravel, the face appears in the Admiral in a medallion at its base.
In the Plaza de España, we will see a medallion with the image of the conqueror, along with other characters from the discovery of America as the Finches brothers, marine and Franciscan Father Marchena, champion of the admiral, to which he protected and helped contact the Kings of Spain.
Complete with tiles Canaries, with the image of the arrival of Columbus to the islands, Salamanca, Colón at a briefing, Huelva departure of the caravels of Palos and Barcelona, which represents the actual reception after his first trip to America.
In the park of San Jeronimo it is located the “Huevo de Colón”, the largest bronze sculpture in Seville, a grant from the City of Moscow to the city in 1995.
Museum of Fine Arts, on the walls of the Cloister, we found a bronze relief of the Presentation of Christopher Columbus to the Catholic Monarchs in Barcelona, designed by Antonio Susillo. The already mentioned monument in the gardens of the Carthusian monastery.
Monuments Rodrigo de Triana, the first sailor who sighted the Indies, located in Triana by Columbus and other sailors, along with the Bridge of the Christ of the Expiration and his statue, between Genoa and Pages streets of the Corro, with curiosity that comes from the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition.
Recall that one of the great discoverers of America, Hernán Cortez, lived his last years and died in the nearby town of Castilleja de la Cuesta, in a palace of the XVI century building that has undergone many modifications, belonging to the XIX, the Dukes of Montpensier, later to become the College of the Irish. Is located in the old crossing the road from Huelva, neo Moorish style building, looks like a fortress judging from its walls sturdy brick and trimmed with battlements.
His wife and daughter are buried in the Convent of Mother of God of Mercy, on Calle San José. Francisco Pizarro, is in the city a statue, from the source of the Conquistadores of the exhibition Iberoamericana held in the city in 1929, located in the gardens of the largest school Hernando Colón, an area where the source was, near Avenue Reina Mercedes.
Processions on 12 October in Sevilla
The days of autumn “Puente del Pilar” (on October 12) concentrate many Marian images of glory procession through the streets, not only under the patronage of the Pilar but also of the Virgin of the Rosary, whose name day is near these dates.
The streets are filled with the smell of incense and music bands, very typical of Sevilla. Church in downtown San Pedro you can visit the Chapel of the Pilar Virgin, presided over by an image of the eighteenth century.
On day 12 make a procession in the afternoon, being very emotional entry into his temple. After his appearance in Zaragoza, would make the first image of the Virgin was in the Christian world and bring to the city, as patron of the first Christian community. Pope Pío would be later. Devotion to the Virgin, continued in times Visigoth and Arab, it would be reactivated with the reconquest, basing a hospital next to the Cathedral and the Chapel of San Pedro, a Brotherhood, XIII century, which persists today, makes procession through the neighborhood at the same as the modern image of the parish of Our Lady of the Pillar of St. Paul.