23rd through the 26th , 2008
Seville is located in the Southwest of Spain. A provincial capital,
seat of the government and parliament of the Communidad Autonoma
de Sevilla (Regional Government). It has approximately 700,000 inhabitants,
nearly half the population of the whole province.
The city of Seville is located on the plain of the Guadalquivir
river which crosses the city from North to South. The river can
be navigated from Seville all the way to its outlet near Sanlúcar
de Barrrameda, on the Atlantic coast. In the past the port of Seville
played an important role in commerce between Spain and the Americas
and remains today one of the most active river ports of the Iberian
The Tartessians were the original founders of Hispalis. Next to
this settlement, in 207 B.C., the Romans built Itálica. It
was the center of their Western Mediterranean dominions for seven
centuries until the Roman empire was overrun by peoples from the
North at the beginning of the 10th century.
The long Moorish occupation of the Iberian peninsula, from 711
A.D. to 1248 A.D., left indelible traces in Seville as in all of
Al-Andalus. La Giralda, the tower of an important mosque, is the
most well-known of the remaining Islamic monuments.
In 1492 Seville played an important role in the discovery and conquest
The 17th century was a period of artistic splendor in Seville.
Painters such as Murillo and Valdés Leal, and sculptors like
Martínez Montañés were born in Seville and
left behind important works. The city also assumed an important
role in world literature and was the birthplace of the myth of Don
On two occasions in the 20th century, Seville has been in the spotlight
of the world's attention. In 1929, it hosted the Latin American
Exhibition, which left important urban improvements in the city.
More recently, Expo 92 reinforced the image of Seville as a modern
and dynamic city.