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University of Seville (Carmen's Tobacco Factory)

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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
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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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Huge Building with an Interesting History

Worth a stop to see the architecture and the enormity of the place. There is no security at the University Of Seville building which is somewhat surprising. Feel free to wander... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is the school I studied in and it is beautiful. there are little plaza's around each department wing, which makes it a very tranquil place to be. If you're a movie buff, the 2001 version of Carmen was filmed here, the only movie true to the book by Merrimee.

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Westport, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is like no other university you will ever visit, at least not that I have seen. It's got beautiful courtyards, an amazing mote surrounding the entire property, and the history is very cool. Wander in and have a coffee in the super busy and chaotic coffee shop in the middle of one of the wings - the energy is... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Worth a stop to see the architecture and the enormity of the place. There is no security at the University Of Seville building which is somewhat surprising. Feel free to wander and use the facilities. At its heyday, 6000 women worked in this tobacco factory and opera's Carmen was one of them.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The University of Seville (Carmen's Tobacco Factory), is a very impressive building. We didn't get the chance to get inside, but from the outside you can admire it's beauty as it is very big.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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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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