The University of Seville, founded in 1551, is one of the leading institutions of Spain’s higher education system.

Located in the downtown area, the University’s main building is bordered by the Maria Luisa Park and the Guadalquivir River. This building, the completely remodeled historic Tobacco Factory, houses the Schools of Philology, Geography and History, and the main administrative offices.  It is an imposing 18th Century building immortalized by Bizet’s opera “Carmen” and by 19th Century travellers in search of Romantic Spain.   

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More on Seville: This is Edmondo de Amicis's experience translated by Stanley Rhoads Varnall (1895):