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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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Beautiful Architecture

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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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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Duluth, Georgia
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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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Chicago, Illinois
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I was a student here for four months. The building is 500 years old and the architecture is classic. The building is airy all the time because of how large and light it is. Multiple courtyards give it a sense of grandeur. Surrounded by restaurants, hotels, and busy streets, this is right in the middle of it all. However, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The building is beautiful, although we visited it in summer time, but there were several students around. Rarely nice university building. Shortly after that, we heard a story about Carmen and her tobacco factory (told in a unique and unforgettable way by travel guide Danielo, from Sevilla free walking tours). Remarkable sight, worth visiting! It made me think of applying... More 

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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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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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