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Seville - Sights, Festivals, Cakes and Sweet Pastry from Seville, Education, Trivia

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37°23N 6°00W, pop (2000e) 667 000. River-port and capital of Seville province, Andalusia, SW Spain; on R Guadalquivir, 538 km/334 mi SW of Madrid; Moorish cultural centre, 8th–13th-c; trading centre with the Americas, 16th-c; archbishopric; airport; railway; university (1502); tourism, furniture, olives, agricultural machinery, chemicals; birthplace of Velásquez and Murillo; cathedral (15th-c), largest Gothic church in the world, with tomb of Columbus; Moorish citadel and Archivo de Indias, a world heritage site; Maria Luisa Park, fine arts museum, Pilate's House, Palace of St Telmo; Scipio's Roman settlement of Italica, 7 km/4 mi NW; April fair, Festival of Spain (autumn), Fiesta of La Virgen de los Reyes (Aug), St Miguel fair (Sep).

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