Seville is an ancient city with a rich history. In 3000 years different cultures and people succeeded each other and left their traces: Tartessos, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Vikings, Jews, Muslims and Christians.
After the discovery of America in 1492 Seville obtained the monopoly of trade with the Indies and developed in the following centuries enormous economic and cultural wealth. In the twentieth century Seville has hosted two major international events: the 1929 Ibero-American exhibition and the Expo of 1992.
Seville is now the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia and has 700,000 inhabitants in the city, and 1.3 million in its metropolitan area. It is both a modern city that looks to the future, and a city that holds on to the traditions of its rich past (examples are the holy week and the april fair). This coexistence of the traditional with a cosmopolitan atmosphere is what makes the city a destination of unparalleled appeal.