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One in a series of pictures taken on a long weekend in Seville, the capital of Andalucia in Southern Spain. A most beautiful city well worth visiting.

Today, a view across the River Gudalquivir, which runs through the centre of the city.

The building you can see on the left is the former Royal Tobacco Factory, forever associated with the fictional gypsy heroine from Bizet's opera of the same name, Carmen, who toiled in its sultry halls. Today it is part of the university.

The tall trees on the right are set in The Maria Luisa Park. The park is designed like the Plaza de España in a mix of 1920's Art Deco and mock Mudejar by the architect, Anibal Gonzalez. Scattered about and round the edge are more buildings from the 1929 fair, some of them surprisingly opulent, built in the last months before the Wall Street crash undercut the scheme's impetus - a good example is the stylish Guatemala building, off the Paseo de la Palmera.

Towards the end of the park, the grandest mansions from the fair have been adapted as museums. The farthest contains the city's archaeology collections. The main exhibits are Roman mosaics and artefacts from nearby Italica, along with a unique Phoenician statuette of Astarte-Tanit, the virgin goddess once worshipped throughout the Mediterranean.

The above information is taken from the andalucia.com web site (http://www.andalucia.com), which has a great deal of useful information for people wishing to visit Seville and the surrounding area.

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