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University of Seville (Carmen's Tobacco Factory)

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Address: Calle 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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Walked in here by accident since it was located right next door to the Hotel Alfonso XIII where I was staying. I found out it was the old Tobacco Factory and now it is The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a free walking tour but the university was closed. Our tour guide said it was worth a visit when open. The next day we walked back in 40c to visit. Well not much to see, unless we missed it. There was a guided tour at 11am each day but we had missed that. It was a beautiful building.... More 

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Maubeuge, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the large tobacco factory that was the workplace of thousands of women. It's the setting for Prosper Merimé's Carmen. Today it is the university. Fascinating building.

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queenstwon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's free to look around this beautiful building that houses all the documents about the conquest of South America and more. there's an interesting film about it with English subtitles upstairs.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely building with an interesting history. The opera Carmen was based on a worker from this original Tobacco factory where cigars were made. It was originally owned by the royal family and was one of the largest in the world

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked in here by accident since it was located right next door to the Hotel Alfonso XIII where I was staying. I found out it was the old Tobacco Factory and now it is The University of Seville. I did not take a tour but was able to just walk around. A very beautiful building Architecturally speaking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is rich in history, and you can walk in it when open. It's fun to try to imagine how it was when workers were handling all the tobacco that was flooding Europe from America in the XVI and XVII centuries.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i would not go out of the way u are restricted in where you can go but its free i wouldnot go out of the way to see it

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Passed by Puerta de Jerez then Av Rome saw big building behind Palacio de san Telmo. Found out the building is Seville Universidad. The building was built in 15th century and has grand architecture design. Unfortunately had no chance to explore in, plan to do it in the next visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 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 June 30, 2016

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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