|TOO MUCH CATNIP. DUDO SLEEPING IT OFF.|
My first stop was at the very grand Ayuntamiento (City Hall). The Spanish Inquisition began right here in Sevilla in 1481. After 1534, trials were held in Plaza San Francisco in front of the newly completed Ayuntamiento. Victims were then burned (either alive or, if they confessed, "mercifully" garroted first) in Plaza San Francisco or in the Prado de San Sebastian (where you can now catch one of a number of buses to the beach or other charming destinations).
|THE ORIGINAL AYUNTAMIENTO FACADE ON PLAZA SAN FRANCISCO.|
(GETTING READY FOR MORE SPECIAL EVENTS.)
|RUNNING THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE ORIGINAL FACADE.|
A modern addition was added to the back of the Ayuntamiento in 1891; it then became the front of the building and faces onto Plaza Nueva. A major altar is being completed out back in Plaza San Francisco for upcoming festivities to honor Corpus Christi, which is Thursday. So, yes, there will be more parades (and, no, there will be no trials or burnings). We heretics are now kindly welcomed. I'll have plenty more photos of the Ayuntamiento during the week.
|AYUNTAMIENTO TOWER UNDER A MOSTLY CLOUDY SKY.|
|WHO ARE THESE GUYS AND WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO THE CHERUB?|
I'D LOVE AN INSIDER TOUR OF THE CARVINGS.
Passing the Ayuntamiento, I of course had to make a brief stop at the ornate gothic Cathedral (which was consecrated in 1507 after being built atop the Almohad Mosque, which was built in 1198). I could fill pages with photos of the sculptures and carvings. Once beyond the Cathedral, I saw lots more of course, but I've decided to save those photos (and whatever else I come across in the meantime) for future posts. So, look forward to more opportunities to get stoned and plastered with me.
|ABOVE ONE OF THE CATHEDRALS MANY DOORS.|
(THE ENTIRE FACADE IS CURRENTLY BEING CLEANED AND RESTORED.)
|AMONG DOZENS OF HUMAN FIGURES SURROUNDING ONE SET OF CATHEDRAL DOORS.|
|ONE OF MY MANY FAVORITES.|
|NEWLY CLEANED. THE DIFFERENCE IS AMAZING.|
|SOME VERY ANCIENT WORK.|