In the middle of the Guadalquivir river, there is a small island connected to the mainland through a bridge on the occasion of the Expo of '92, on it there is also the homonymous Cartuja Monastery, the only structure that has remained unchanged over time compared to the complex of buildings in the neighborhood such as the Cajasol Tower, also known by the Sevillians as Torre Pelli (named after the architect).
- 1 What to see on the Island of la Cartuja
- 2 How will I arrive at Isla de la Cartuja?
- 3 Hotel vicino l'Isla de la Cartuja
The name of Isla de la Cartuja was assigned to it because of the Monastery of la Cartuja, which is located on the south side of the islet. They don't live in this area, there are few bars, a 5-star hotel (Barcelò) and a few clubs famous for their Sevillian nightlife. At the end of the '92 Expo this area was converted into a technology park Charterhouse 93 with a series of seats of the University of Seville, the Isla Magica amusement park. These areas are one of things to see in Seville.
What to see on the island of la Cartuja
To fully enjoy the Cartuja island you have to start from the street and observe the various buildings that have been built over the years, in particular the Triana Tower, seat of the region Andalucia, or the Torre Pelli, a modern skyscraper that is not appreciated by many Sevillians. Around the Torre Cajasol (Torre Pelli) you can walk around the gardens of Magellano extending up to Gualdaquivir river.
Do not miss the Navigation Pavilion, near the port of the Indies it is one of the ideal museum spaces for children. Inside there are 4 rooms where the history of navigation is covered and periodically there are temporary exhibitions of various artists. In particular, the four rooms are dedicated to the history of navigation, sailors, life on board and the history of Seville. Next to the Seville Navigation Pavilion we find the American Gardens inside over 300 species of plants of American origin.
Always onCartuja island a visit to the Cartuja Monastery founded in 1399 and which was the place of stay and burial of Christopher Columbus. The monastery was abandoned in the nineteenth century and later was also a ceramic factory, then in the centuries to come it was restored and became the seat of the royal pavilion of the 1992 Universal Expo, today it is the Andalusian center of Contemporary Art. Inside the Monastery it is possible to admire the Mudejar style church, the various chapels and large gardens, as well as exhibitions of contemporary art.
On the Isla de la Cartuja it is possible to visit the various pavilions of the Expo of '92, among the most important we find:
- Chile Pavilion: the Chile pavilion built entirely of wood;
- Monaco Pavilion: currently it is the seat of Emasesa, inside there is an aquarium that recreates the flora and fauna of the Guadalquivir river;
- Kuwait Pavilion: pavilion designed by Santiago Calatrava, currently it is the seat of the Andalusia region for the environmental management department;
- Morocco Pavilion: from our point of view it is one of the most interesting pavilions, not to be missed;
- Mexico Pavilion: currently seat of Seville Tv, has a very particular facade that recalls an "X";
- Pabellón New Zealand: seat of the statistical institute of Andalusia, particularly the rock facade that recalls the fauna and landscapes of this country;
- Ungheria Pavilion: the pavilion cannot currently be visited, but the façade of this building is particularly eye-catching;
- Italy Pavilion: currently the center of the companies has been built inspired by the great Italian houses;
- Korea Pavilion: particularly its exotic design, to be visited absolutely;
- France Pavilion: particular the space with mirror walls, to visit;
- Future Pavilion: currently, near the Guadalquivir river, we find the pavilion of the future in the process of reuse;
In the central area we find one of the most famous bridges in Seville, also known as the bridge of the Barchetta, due to its shape that recalls a boat. From this bridge you have access to the area to the north, where it stands Magic Island, lo Seville Olympic Stadium and the Alamillo Park.
How will I arrive at Isla de la Cartuja?
Reaching this area is not difficult, there are numerous buses that will take you to this islet where you can visit all the museums, pavilions and buildings mentioned above. In particular you can reach from Seville city center by bus C1 from the Prado of San Sebastian.
Hotel vicino l'Isla de la Cartuja
If you want to stay in this area you can look for the numerous hotels, it is a quiet area where there will be no casino during the night. Here is the selection of the best hotels near Isla de la Cartuja:
- Cartuja Island
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