"Seville is a pleasant city, famous for oranges and women." - Lord Byron
The capital of the quintessentially-Spanish region of Andalusia, Seville is an enchanting place of flower-filled patios, orange trees, bullfighting, great festivals, a grand Alcazar and huge Gothic cathedral. The site of modern Seville has been inhabited since prehistoric times and was the important city of Hispalis under the Romans. One of the earliest Moorish conquests (in 712 AD), Seville flourished under Islamic rule until the Christian conquest of the city in 1248. Seville's cathedral, begun in 1402, is the largest Gothic building in Europe, and there are many other religious sites to explore here as well.