I suppose that this magnificent building has never been shown on TE although it is on the way to Plaza de Espana (with many photos). It is former Royal Tobacco Factory, now the seat of the University of Sevilla.
At the start of the eighteenth century Fernando VI, king of Spain, commissioned the construction of a tobacco factory in Seville. The Spanish had introduced tobacco in Europe in the sixteenth century and the demand for the product started to grow quickly The massive factory, constructed between 1728 and 1771 was the second largest building in the country, only eclipsed in size by El Escorial in Madrid. Spain was the only country in Europe producing tobacco and 75% of all cigars that were sold on the continent were manufactured in this building.
The enormous structure was built like a fortified palace. It was surrounded by a moat and only accessible via a drawbridge. Sentries protected the entrances mainly to prevent workers from stealing tobacco.
The factory even had its own prison where smugglers were locked up.
The building, which measures 185 by 174 meters (607 x 571 ft) is still bordered on three sides by dry moats. Inside are a number of small, but often beautifully decorated patios. Four portals gave access to the building, decorated with columns, balustrades and broken pediments. The principal portal at Calle San Fernando, where the residential quarters were located, is the most ornate. The pediment is embellished with a coat of arms and topped by an angel blowing a trumpet. Below are reliefs depicting boats and the figures of Columbus and Cortés, a reference to the discovery of the tobacco plant in the New World.
Now you smokers know where it all began :). And why I went there when I have never even tried smoking but I am punished by God and have been fighting with a heavy smoker for more than forty years (with no success, as you can guess).
The reason is that Carmen, gypsy women, had worked in this factory. It is here that she felt in love with one of the soldiers guarding the building. And after hearing how she sang:
L’amour est un oiseau rebelle
Que nul ne peut apprivoiser,
Et c’est bien in vain qu’on l’appelle
S’il lui convient de refuser.
Rien n’y fait, menace ou prière.
L’un parle bien, l’autre se tait.
Et c’est l’autre que je préfère.
Il n’a rien dit mais il me plait.
L’amour! L’amour! L’amour! L’amour!
L’amour est enfant de Bohême,
Il n’a jamais jamais connu de loi.
Si tou ne m’aimes pas, je t’aime.
Si je t’aime, prends garde à toi!
He of course also felt in love with her. (Why she sang in French, it is the question , lol)
I planned to make some shots of this factory already in Warsaw to dedicate them for Deniz.
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Royaldevon (34757) 2014-06-10 1:19
Good Morning Malgo,
This is a very beautiful building for a tobacco factory! It has all the splendour of a palace. You had a difficult shot with such differences in the light but I like how it has made the building appear to be lifting itself out of the shadows into the light.
A fine, angled shot.
Have a good day,
Fis2 (92195) 2014-06-10 2:13
Robi wrazenie taka architektura.
Fajny kadr i ciekawe swiatlo zrobilo klimat.
cornejo (37719) 2014-06-10 3:59
Hola Malgo, estupenda foto de este bonito edificio, excelente y bonita nota, excelente y bello trabajo, mis felicitaciones amiga mía, gracias por comaprtir.
Buena tarde y feliz semana.
Un cordial abrazo.
Angel y Toñi.
Sergiom (70648) 2014-06-10 5:09
Je crois en avoir déjà postée une il y a bien longtemps de ce superbe immeuble.Le plaisir de sortir tôt le matin où en fin d'après midi avec les ombres très longues au bas des photos. Mais quelle belle lumière au niveau supérieur.
rychem (30371) 2014-06-10 8:58
Budynek jest imponujący, dawna fabryka tytoniu, obecna fabryka "mózgowców", ci drudzy bardziej przydatni :)
photoray (13725) 2014-06-10 9:45
Impressive huge Georgian architecture with a glimpse of the ornate entrance in white and embellished And I am intrigued by the statues in the shadow on the left top. And perhaps symbolic to see the darkness ascending on the wall as the dark from nicotine?
I have many sorrows about nicotine, losing my Father, both Grandfathers, Uncles, a favorite cousin etc. And lung cancer is a very painful and slow death.
And now my guardian angel and love has lung cancer but never smoked.
Right now there is much sadness in my soul. The fight goes on, and we will never give up.
I pray you will succeed in turning the future and win the battle.
Sonata11 (33717) 2014-06-10 13:02
Witaj Malgorzato, kolejna piekna praca. Bardzo podoba mi sie wykonanie. Widze czesto Twoje piekna zdjecia tez na facebook. Masz Malgosiu piekna kolekcje zdjec. Bardzo mi sie podoba to zdjecie jak i inne.
adramad (42021) 2014-06-10 14:36
Awesome this great building, extraordinarily beautiful and gigantic proportions, nice cover and the four towers at the corners, create a set of great harmony despite their size.
Good management of light and shade.
A gorgeous image with good color, high brightness and perfect sharpness.
Have a good week.
Very well done. I love it.
All the best.
carlo62 (41299) 2014-06-10 15:40
vuoi dire che ti senti molto vicina a Carmen perché sei stata vicina a un fumatore?
Bella nota, molto interessante, come del resto la tua foto e questo palazzo, che non credo di aver mai visto.
jcpix (13846) 2014-06-10 19:38
Hi there Miss Mathematician, :)
Too bad there isn't a mote still surrounding this architectural beauty, making for an even more interesting and medieval type of appearance. I must admit, i was initially intrigued by the French title with a Spanish location, and it certainly all comes together nicely. I guess you must have been a bad girl in your former life to have been punished with a smoker...but it's too late to make up for it now, eh? lol
A nice angle taken to show the design and detail of this proud building. The lighting contrast was difficult, but it looks as if you found a pleasant balance to best showcase this perspective. Despite their horrible effects, the saying still goes "Smoke 'em if you got 'em!" :) Have a great day ahead. All the best.
jjcordier (79289) 2014-06-10 23:56
Carmen aurait pu rouler des millions de cigares dans cet impressionnant bâtiment!
lousat (85018) 2014-06-11 1:38
Hi Malgo,the song of the Bizet's Carmen is the perfect music for this place,truly beautiful and i'm surprise that is never showed on TE.Not luucky with the lights,your exposure is very very good,we can see the best detail in the shadow too,beautiful colors too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
notrap (6037) 2014-06-18 4:15
I have seen "Carmen" several times on stage, but nowadays operas often are performed in modern surroundings, and I never had an idea, that the factory in Sevilla looks like a castle. Thanks for showing it and for the very intresting note!