No me ha dejado: Sevilla

5 min readSep 26, 2021

Sevilla (Seville) is the fourth largest city in Spain and the largest city of Andalusia. To have a proper tour of this city, I would suggest to arrange a week at Sevilla, as there are simply too many architecture worthy of visiting in Sevilla due to its rich history. The city also has three UNESCO world heritage sites which I only had time for two during my trip: the Alcázar palace complex (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)and the Seville Cathedral (Santa Iglesia Catedral Metropolitana de Sevilla).

According to legend, “no me ha dejado” is the sentence Alfonso X de Castilla gave Sevilla after he received assistance from the Real Alcázar de Sevilla, when he was nearly thrown out of rule by his son, Sancho IV de Castila. The sentence is then symbolized with NO8DO which appears in the flag of Sevilla. I found this story and symbol quite special that I would like to share them here in my article. Also, it brings me to my first destination, the Alcázar palace complex (Real Alcázar de Sevilla) (photo 1). Alcázar palace complex resembles that of Granada because they are both a mixture of Moorish and Renaissance style castle. We entered through Gate of the Lion (Puerta del León) (photo 2). Court of the Maidens (Patio de Doncellas) (photo 3) is the main courtyard of the Alcázar palace complex. The Garden of the Real Alcázar (photo 4) is also nearby and is famous for being the shooting spot for the Game of Thrones.

The garden is quite big and contains many fountains and sculptures. The ones I find especially nice are the Mercury Pond (Estanque de Mercurio), sculpture of Neptune, and a lively peacock.

Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede)(photo 1, 4) is a must visit in Sevilla. It is the world’s largest Gothic church and was listed as the UNESCO world heritage in 1987. The cathedral was originally a mosque and thus even until now…


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