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University of Seville (Carmen's Tobacco Factory)

Address: C/ San Fernando, 4 | Real Fábrica de Tabacos, 41004 Seville, Spain
Phone Number: 954551000
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Ranked #31 of 101 Attractions in Seville
Type: Educational Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner 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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Bath, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
28 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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Munich, Germany
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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