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The Elements of Seville

smoky-sevilleThe smoke from street vendors roasting chestnuts hangs in the air on a rainy winter day in Seville. Click on image for larger view. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Not in Cairo Anymore

Seville’s Plaza de España was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair, and is regarded as a shining example of Neo-Mudéjar architecture. While not strictly Islamic, it was good enough for legendary film director David Lean to use as a stand-in for the officer’s club in Cairo in his epic motion picture Continue Reading →

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Mudéjar Reflections

Seville’s Alcázar is Europe’s oldest royal palace still in use. Originally built by Almohad Berber-Muslims, the fortress was expanded by later Christian kings and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hidden underneath the palace are the Baths of Lady María de Padilla, above, which were used to collect rainwater. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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The coolest street in Seville

The narrow, serpentine streets of Seville were not designed that way by accident. Building houses close together on winding streets has an advantage that anyone who has been to Seville in the summer will be able to appreciate–avoiding the ferocious Andalusian sun. Direct sunlight never penetrates the alleys for long, if at all, and that helps keep the houses as cool as possible.

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Echos of Islam

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Geometric patterns decorate the entrance to a bar in Seville, recalling the influence of eight centuries of Islamic rule in Spain. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Back where it all began

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Completed in the 16th Century, the Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic building in the world, and the third largest church of any kind. Among the many New World treasures within the cathedral also lies the man who made it all possible, Christopher Columbus. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Shade and Marmalade

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Some 14,000 orange trees decorate the streets of Seville. The bitter oranges aren’t very good for eating, but because of their high content of pectin, they do make great orange marmalade. More important, orange trees provide shade from the fierce Andalusian sun, and in the springtime, when they bloom, the heady perfume of orange blossoms fills the air. Photo ©Mike Randolph. 

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