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In Sevilla I stayed two days, so after seeing Alcazar and Cathedral with Giralda and Plaza de Espana (in day and in the night), on my second day I could see less visited places. I joined the free guided tour in Triana, it was very interesting and nice because I was the only peron except guide :). Then I went to La Cartuja. It was a bit tiring as it was hot, 36 C, n o shadows, and even the locals complained (I shared a room in hostel with black woman and she said she was sunburnt, and I, from northern country wasn't :).

I found this piece of art quite striking. Funny, from different places it seemed that the woman looked in different directions, see WS.

About the La cartuja Island and monastery from Wikipedia:
Legend holds that the area, in Moorish times, was honeycombed with caves made by potters for ovens and to obtain clay, and that after the capture of the city by Christians in the thirteenth century, an image of the virgin was revealed inside one of the caves, where supposedly it had been hidden. It prompted the construction of a chapel of Santa María de las Cuevas to house the venerated icon.
Isla de la Cartuja (Island of the Charterhouse) is an almost-island in the Guadalquivir River at Seville, Spain.The island's name derives from the cloistered monastery (Cartuja) located on the site, the Monasterio de Santa María de las Cuevas, where Cristopher Columbus lived when planning the voyage to the west. (His remains were there also for some time). Here was located the world's fair to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the first Columbian expeditions, the Expo '92. Before 1992, the island was completely isolated between two Guadalquivir river branches. After the rearrangement of the river channel system on the occasion of Expo '92, it was joined to mainland by a wide isthmus in the South with Triana neighbourhood.

What can be referred as the former island is connected by notable bridges, such as the Calatrava designed Puente del Alamillo.

In 1964, the monastery was declared a national monument, and now is owned by the government of Andalusia. Restorations were made for the Seville Expo '92. In 1997, it became the site of a museum of contemporary and ceramic art.

I do not know why I wasn't inside to see this sculpture in the rooms.

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