Seville is the largest city in Andalusia and one of the cities with the most history, art and culture in Spain. After the discovery of America in 1492, Seville became the economic center of the Spanish Empire. The Catholic Kings founded the House of Hiring, from where they traveled and hired the trips, controlled the riches that came from America and regulated the relations with the New World.
During the sixteenth century the city experienced a great development and transformation, which led to the construction of some of the most important buildings in the historic center. The city became a multicultural center, which would help the flourishing of the arts, and to play an important role in the Spanish Golden Age. At that time, soap factories, wool and silk crafts, and Seville ceramics stood out.
The Guadalquivir is the longest river in Andalusia and the fifth in the Iberian Peninsula, with a distance of 657 km. It is navigable through a main trunk of about 80 km in length, from its mouth to the Atlantic Ocean in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Province of Cádiz) to Seville.
Seville is the city with the most monuments cataloged in Europe. Among its monuments include the Cathedral, the Giralda, the Alcazar and the Archivo de Indias, which were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, as well as the Torre del Oro or the Plaza de España, which are candidates for such recognition. . It has one of the most extensive historic centers in Spain, with some 335 hectares. Equally noteworthy is its old quarter, the largest in Spain and one of the three largest in Europe next to Venice and Genoa.