Column in the Alcazar of Seville
Seville is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. Its Old Town contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites -- the Alcázar, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.
Originally named Hispalis, Seville then became Ishbiliya after the Muslim conquest in 712 and was incorporated into the Christian Kingdom of Castile under Ferdinand III in 1248. In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan departed from there for the first circumnavigation of the Earth.
The city was at its cultural apex during the 17th century. Three centuries later, it was elected as the capital of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia.
The Alcázar of Seville is one of the most beautiful palaces in Spain and an example of mudéjar architecture. It is also the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe.