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University of Seville (Carmen's Tobacco Factory)

C/ San Fernando, 4 | Real Fábrica de Tabacos, 41004 Seville, Spain
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Ranked #42 of 126 attractions in Seville
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Type: Historic Sites, Educational Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: The marble University building dates back to the 15th Century and once housed Seville's tobacco factory, the inspiration for Bizet's opera Carmen.
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College Station, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I came to this building for a business meeting with some of the university's administrators but had no prior knowledge of its historical significance. It was indeed beautiful and the operatic connection close to my heart. If you're fond of Carmen you should stop by.

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Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The building is huge and was one of the biggest factories of the past. It was constructed between 1728 and 1771, and the architect was Sebastian van der Borcht. The opera Carmen by Bizet took place supposedly in this building. Today it is used as the site of the University and can be visited. It is good that it has... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Being interested in opera, we thought we'd seek out the Real Fábrica de Tabacos [Royal Tobacco Factory] which is where the inspiration for "Carmen" by Bizet came from. It is a huge and very impressive C18th building and since the 1950s it has been part of the University of Seville. There are guides to take you around but if you... More

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Niagara Falls
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

There are many opera sights marked by markers in Seville, but the actual Royal Tobacco factory is in a class of its own. The building still shows remnants of the moat and gates which made it its own city within the city as it was owned by the monarchs not the city of Seville. It is the current home of... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

While walking on our way to the Real Alcazar, we stopped here to have a look and to ask for directions to the Alcazar. The female student we asked, did not bother to reply, she merely walked away. Perhaps she did not speak English or was having a bad day. Anyway, this building is very old and well built. Compared... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Not the most touristic highlight, but unexpected interesting. Visited on Monday, at 11am with a guide, during and an half hour: free. not to pay. The guide was a student, speaking Spanish and explained also in English. The tour you have to do! The university has a very interesting story.

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Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Whenever I visit Seville, I like to see the University which is in the Tabacalera, and this is where cigars were made in the past and where the Opera Carmen first starts. The building is quite huge and it is nice to walk around to see what there is to see. One finds hundreds of university students walking around and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

This is a beautiful building, which we walked through whist on a walking tour. I'm sure the students don't realise how lucky they are to be surrounded by such breathtaking architecture. It you walk in the front door and straight out of the back you can use it as a shortcut to the Plaza de Espana, which is a must-... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

Good to look around if you want to kill some time and are in the area :) Huge hallways stretching the length of the building, fight the urge to sprint down them in glee.

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VICTORIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

There are free tours of the University each week day. The tour lasts about 1 1/2 hours and explains the history of the buildings. The guide takes you into the most sumptuous Lecturer's Lounge you will ever see.

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