After a few days of exploring my hood and points east, I thought I would share a bit of the history of my new home, particularly today since we are celebrating Dia de Andalucia in tandem with Columbus Day. As you can imagine, history plays a big role here on the European continent and has impacted everything from ceramics to gastronomy to architecture.
Depending on who you talk to, Seville may / may not have been founded by Hercules, as in – one of the most epic gods in mythology. The historical textbooks (and the tourist map of Seville) will tell you that it was actually founded by the Tartessians … in eighth century B.C. Bit older than the US, no? It also boasts a long line of inhabitants: Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Moors, Christians. It is the capital of Andalucia, and the fourth largest city in Spain in regards to population (704,000).
Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colon) has roots here in Seville, and surrounding parts. After America was discovered in 1492 (when Columbus sailed the ocean blue), Seville became a very important port city. The ports here opened the door to the new world for Columbus and fellow explorers such as Magellan and Elcano. All throughout Huelva and Seville you can see the Lugares Colombinas – places where Columbus set foot to pray, sulk, rest his bones or set off on his journeys.
Seville has several bridges over the river Guadalquivir, several of which I travel every day to get to and from home. One of the most photographed bridges in the city is the Puente de Isabel or Triana bridge – it was the first metal bridge built in the city in 1852, and later declared a national monument in 1976. Of course the city is packed with monuments, museums and other historical amazingness … but I’ll tell you more about those after I visit them myself 🙂