The Cathedral

The Cathedral

 

Bull fight arena

Bull fight arena

 

The royal box for the bull fights

The royal box for the bull fights

 

Matador's chapel for prayer before the fight

Matador’s chapel for prayer before the fight

 

The old Jewish Quarter's small streets

The old Jewish Quarter’s small streets

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The cathedral bell tower

The cathedral bell tower

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Bull fighting arena

Bull fighting arena

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Scenes from the 5 hour train ride

Scenes from the 5 hour train ride

Studying about Sevilla on the train

Studying about Sevilla on the train

After a five hour and about 500 mile train ride we are in the southern city of Sevilla.  We love those train rides and this one went quickly.  It is very comfortable and fast.  I think Bruce clocked the speed at almost 186 MPH.  Once we dropped our bags at the hotel we hoofed it (about 2 miles) to the old downtown area.  After wandering through some pretty cool little streets we came to the riverfront and the Bullring where we toured the Bullfight Museum.  Bullfights only take place in March, April, and September so we did not get that opportunity.  But the museum was interesting.  From there we walked along the river and the afternoon was so beautiful and warm- everyone was out enjoying it.  The two main sites – the Cathedral and Alcazar Palace – we will tour tomorrow.  So today was our self-guided walking tour around the area – mainly the Barrio Santa Cruz.  This is the area of the once-thriving Jewish Quarter with tangled streets and Old World ambience.  The streets are very narrow so it is a comfortable walk without cars.  In 1391 anti-Jewish sentiment flared up and Christian mobs ransacked the city’s Jewish Quarter.  Around 4,000 Jews were killed and 5,000 families driven from their homes.  In 1492, the same year the last Moors were driven from Spain, Ferdinand and Isabel decreed that all remaining Jews convert or be expelled.  Spain emerged as a nation unified under the banner of Christianity.  It was a lovely late afternoon and evening with the sun going down at 7:30 which we have not seen the day last that long for a long time.

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