Seville Panorama Spain about 1892

PANORAMA OF SEVILLE, SPAIN — From the summit of the old Moorish spire, the Giralda, the view of Seville is one of exquisite beauty. Clasping it in beauty, like a silver girdle, is that stately river, whose Moorish name, (the Guadalquiver), sounds, even when pronounced in English, like a strain of music. It is a very ancient city, famous for distinguished men, lovely women, palm-trees and orange-groves, charming courtyards, fine churches, and many rare paintings by Murillo and Velasquez. From Seville two of the most celebrated and admirable Roman Emperors, Hadrian and Trajan, went forth to wear the imperial purple of the world. Here the gifted Moors reigned for many centuries in splendor. The promenade of Seville discloses a multitude of bewitching Señoras and Señoritas, who wrap around their handsome tresses lace mantillas, which, when adorned with a red rose or a pink, are certainly the most becoming and coquettish head-dresses in the world. Each house in Seville, however plain its exterior may be, will have its pretty courtyard paved with marble and enclosed by walls enameled with glazed tiles. In these charming patios occur in the soft delightful evenings of Seville the little informal social parties, which render a residence here agreeable. A few modern squares are to be found here, but it is often unpleasant to cross their broad expanse of fiery sunlight, and the narrow, Moorish streets, into which the sun only fully enters for an hour at noon, seem better suited to its climate. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

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