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Seville of 29

Two major events have marked the course of modern Seville, the Iberian-American Exhibition of 1929 and the Universal Exposition of 1992. Their legacies have added to the city’s already rich architectural heritage and that of 29 in particular has left a series of stunning pavilions, park and plazas. This two-hour tour takes in top attractions from that momentous year. The tour begins at the former tobacco factory, a vast baroque building that is now part of the university. It was here that Bizet’s Carmen worked and beguiled men with her beauty. Visit the historic Murillo Gardens, renowned for their botanic variety and stroll through the lovely, landscaped Montpensier Gardens. Behold the vast scale of architect Anibal Gonzalez’s Plaza de España, which was also built for the exhibition, and symbolised the links between Spain and the Americas. See the arcades, the fountains, the ponds, the decorative tiles, the picturesque bridges and the tall spires at either end. Such is the plaza’s dramatic appearance that is has featured in major movies, including Lawrence Of Arabia, two Star Wars episodes and The Dictator. Wander through the verdant Maria Luisa Park, admire the monument to local 19th century poet Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, which is built around a massive swamp cypress, the Fountain of Lions and Mount Gurugu. Continue to Plaza de America to visit the neo-plateresque Archaeological Museum and the neo-Mudejar Museum of Arts and Traditions. Meeting point: Calle San Fernando at the main university entrance. Start times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 11am. Wednesday and Friday at 6pm (or 5pm on some winter days – confirm when booking). Languages: Spanish and English. Two major events have marked the course of modern Seville, the Iberian-American Exhibition of 1929 and the Universal Exposition of 1992. Their legacies have added to the city’s already rich architectural heritage and that of 29 in particular has left a series of stunning pavilions, park and plazas. This two-hour tour takes in top attractions from that momentous year. Meeting/pick-up point: Bus stop of the red touristic buses, next to the Citroën bar. María Luisa Park entrance.Start/opening time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 11:00hrs. Wednesday and Friday at 18:00hrs (or 17:00hrs on some winter days, to be confirmed when making the reservation).Languages: Spanish and English