Capital of Andalusia Region. By the 17th and 18th centuries, Seville had become the leading center of Spanish culture.
Seville flourished as a cultural center under Moorish domination, which lasted from 712 until 1248.It was then conquered by Ferdinand III of Castile and León.
The opening of America to Spanish commerce in 1492 proved very profitable for the city as trading developed rapidly between the two continents.
Many landmarks in the city date from the Middle Ages:
- the Alcázar, a royal palace built by the Moors in 1181. Traces of early Moorish civilization are also evident in the small, winding streets, the low, white houses with balconies, the courtyards, and the fountains, as well as in the remains of a wall that once surrounded the city.
- A vast Gothic cathedral, started in 1402 and finished in 1519, stands on the site of a 12th-century Muslim mosque.
Population (1991) 659,126.
A world's fair, Expo '92, opened in Seville in April 1992. sevilla.org
Tourism is important to Seville's economy.
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Among the city's exports are wine, olives, oranges, and metal ores. Industries include fish canneries, distilleries, and the manufacture of iron, porcelain and earthenware, tobacco, textiles, soap, and furniture.
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