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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
Fee: No
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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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An old university

The university is open to the public to walk around the old patios and buildings at any time of the day or night.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
ValvaMG
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Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As an opera fanatic myself, I loved walking through the Universidad and imagining Carmen herself singing "Habanera" to the Spanish soldiers. The architecture is grand and the history is fantastic.

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Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The university is open to the public to walk around the old patios and buildings at any time of the day or night.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The size of this Cathederal only becomes apparent one you're inside it. Looking up at the ornate ceiling and stained glass windows 30+ metres above you is a truly awe inspiring experience. The number of beautiful and ornate works of art, carvings, pictures, paintings, silverware etc, within the Cathedral is mind boggling - you couldn't do it all in a... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At first you do not think this is a university, free passage and a short cut through makes it very open. We did not go on a tour here as we did not have time, but I would think it would be an interesting one to go on. What we did see architecturally was wonderfull

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Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This old tobacco factory inspired the world famous show of Carmen. While it's now the university, it's open to public and free to go inside and have a walk and take photos of the building and courtyards. The Alfonso XVI Hotel nextdoor is great too.

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Sherman, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

If I were young, I would like to be a student here. Very old, but renovated. Not much parking around here. Place is bubbling with youthful enthusiasm.

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Thank Jody M
new york
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

we walked in. it was free and beautiful.. a very quick walk through that was missalbe by why not go in... everything to see in sevilla is so close you might as well see it all

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I went to this university because one of my friend recommended and brought me here. I didn't know that a university could be really beautiful. I totally recommend it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Loved hearing the stories associated with this magnificent building, but definitely worth having an enthusiastic and knowledgable guide such as ours (Maria - Elecmove cycle tours)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

We crossed the glittering halls of this cultural institution really impressed by the brilliant idea of Seville Administration to convert this factory into classrooms for the university. A giant marble building perfectly maintained, clean shiny, exciting. What a marvellous place where to study.

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