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Address: C/ San Fernando, 4 | Real Fábrica de Tabacos, 41004 Seville, Spain
Phone Number: 954551000
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: The marble University building dates back to the 15th Century and once...
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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Incredible architecture.

Having read the reviews below of 'just another building,' i cannot agree. The architecture is fantastic and yes, whilst you cannot spend hours and hours walking around it is nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Having read the reviews below of 'just another building,' i cannot agree. The architecture is fantastic and yes, whilst you cannot spend hours and hours walking around it is nice to relax and take pictures in this historical monument.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We walked around the building and didn't find it interesting. Only fascinating part was a very special tree with huge roots in the west side of the building.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Waited here it's others for 15 minutes. The signs point to nothing. Tour guide never showed up and we gave up.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Doesn't take long to look around but it's history is interesting in the making of chewing tobacco and where Carmen worked. Now one of the city's university buildings. Lots of interesting architecture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The University of Seville has beautiful architecture and is a must see. It is very big and one can wander around the place. One can see many students walking around all the time. Across the university there are many cafeterias where one can take refreshment.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

Another building worth looking at either on the bus tour or by foot. Tha advantage by foot is you can buy probably the cheapest drinks and tapas in Seville,due to it being the student area, watch out for the trams and bikes!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Huge, historical building where opera's mythical 'Carmen' rolled cigars (day-times ;)...now major part of busy Seville University... One-time work-site for 6000 women, with rigid security & control of potential tobacco theft/smuggling by workers...even 'moated' in 1700s...no longer... Open access and excellent guided tours Mon-Thurs at 11 AM (starts promptly!). Well worth a visit, especially for opera fans or historic architecture... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Came across this by chance and could not believe you can just walk in off the street. What a wonderful building so much to see and its all free even the students don't mind you walking around. The grounds are prefect just to sit and enjoy what's around you

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

I was a student and had a the great opportunity to study here back in 2003. The building itself is a part of history and is still a full functioning University. If you have the chance stop by for a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I like architecture and the university was next to our hotel. When we first arrived we had to wait for our room and while looking for a place to exchange money we saw the building. Young people everywhere we walked around for at least 30 min. If you have the time its great to see. RS says to walk though... More 

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