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Charming Seville

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Welcome to Seville

Seville or Sevilla, is the capital of the Andalusia region in Spain. It is among the major cities in the country, providing friendly environment for tourists and investors as well. The hectic city centre is also very safe for travellers going on foot, since several of the great attractions are only walking distances apart.

Beautiful Seville

There is a charm and compelling fascination about Seville which produces in the traveller visiting the city for the first time a sensation of physical ecstasy. The spell of the Pearl of Andalusia is instant and enduring; I have not met a man or woman proof against its witchery. George Borrow shed tears of rapture as he beheld Seville from the Cristina Promenade, and listened to the thrush and the nightingale piping forth their melodious songs in the woods, and inhaled the breeze laden with the perfume of its thousand orange gardens. The Moors left their beloved capital at the height of its prosperity, in the full flower of its beauty; change has not affected its material importance, and time has not staled its infinite variety. A Christian Cathedral now stands on the foundation of the great mosque of Abu Yakub Yusuf; but the Moorish Giralda, the most expressive monument of the Mohammedan occupation, still beckons the distant traveller onwards to the promised land; the Alcazar breathes the spirit of its Oriental masters; and the shim¬mering Torre del Oro still reflects the light of the setting sun upon the broad bosom of the rose-coloured river.

The history of Seville from the time of its subjugation by Musa is a volume of romance ; its pages are illumined by the cold light of flashing steel and stained with the blood of tyrants, traitors, and innocent men; but it forms a chronicle which the reader will follow with absorbing interest. The more exacting student will satisfy his thirst for knowledge in Dr Dozy’s “History of the Mohammedans of Spain” in Gayangos1 translation of El Makkari!s “History of the Mohammedan Dynasties in Spain”’ in Coppee’s “History of the Conquest of Spain,” and Pedro de Madrazo’s “Sevilla”—to refer to only a few of the many learned works that have been published on the subject. Many will continue to be content with the few pages of Notes which appear in the various Spanish Guides; but a certain section, it is hoped, of the English travelling public, will find in this book an album, a handbook, and a history which will supply a long-felt want.

Architecture and Climate

Andalusian architecture also originated from this marvelous city, where they execute flamboyant festivities and colorful traditional events. Seville is a concentration of many Spanish truisms – Hearty, Lively and Dreamy.
Seville spreads on the plain at the Guadalquivir River, in a slightly sloping terrain of 7 meters or 23 feet above the sea level. In a recent population study in 2011, the city’s population was 703,021. Seville is the fourth largest city in Spain in terms of population.

Gorgeous structures

The climate in Seville is Mediterranean for the rest of the year. During the month of January, temperature gets real cold since it marks the middle of winter season. Summer, during months July and August, are hot and sunny. The most pleasant weather in Seville comes in May, when the weather is all mild and fresh.

Architecture of the majority of structures in Seville is predominantly of Moorish influence, since the Andalusian region had been in their rule for several hundred years. Many conquerors were evidently captivated by its charm. Phoenicians, Visigoths, Arabs and Romans took settlement upon this rich region.

History

Seville was believed to have been established 3,000 years ago. Since then, the city has been home to different civilizations. The city has acquired medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Arabic culture, which makes Seville a culturally and historically rich Andalusian city.

According to myth, the city was allegedly founded by Hercules or Melqart as related to a god in Phoenicia. It was said the Hercules sailed the Atlantic coming from the Strait of Gibraltar. He founded Cadiz, and Seville afterwards, and made them to be trading points.

Seville had been under five hundred years of Islamic rule. The Moors conquered the city starting in 712 AD until 1248 AD. During those times, the city grew out beyond the boundaries of the Old Walls. The Islamic centre of Seville used to be situated upon the east bank of the Guadalquivir River. Today, the Cathedral is now sitting on the location where the 12th century Almohad Great Mosque once stood.

Beginning 1147 AD, North African Almoravids followed by Almohads set Seville as capital of Al-Andalus replacing Cordoba. The Great Mosque was constructed in the later part of the 12th century under the Almohad caliph Abu Ya’qub Yusuf.

In 1248, the Catholic Reconquista (reconquest) has successfully gained control of Seville under the leadership of King Fernando III of Castile. Structures built under the Castilian rule were more of the Mudejar style. The Cathedral de Sevilla that was constructed in the 15th century was designed in Gothic architecture.

Inside Sevilla

Seville’s Golden Age came after Christopher Columbus set sail in his expedition to the New World in 1492. Along with conquering territories for the then emerging Spanish empire, the expedition brought along significantly large amount of trade from the West Indies that was a great benefit to the city. The population in Seville grew to almost a million during this period. It was only in the late 16th century that Seville’s monopoly of New World merchandise was broken.

In 1649, the city was hit by the Great Plague which hugely decreased Seville’s population. By the 18th Century, Guadalquivir accumulated silt that ceased shipping in the river, resulting to further financial decline.
By the late 19th century, Seville gradually recovered from the economic depression of the previous centuries. The population increased and industrialization came to the city. In 1929, Seville hosted the Spanish-American Exposition. Afterwards, several modern structures like Parque Maria Luisa and Plaza de Espana were built.

In 1936, General Quiepo de Llano initiated a coup that led to the Spanish Civil War. In 1992, Seville once again hosted an exhibition of state-of-the-art attractions in the Isla de Cartuja.

Top Sights

Seville is the most alluring city in the Spanish Andalusian region. Deciding to visit Seville is a great idea for those looking for a worthwhile vacation filled with history, tradition and pleasing ardour.

AutoTools, Cars & Repairs

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To a large extent these will depend not only on what you can afford but also on how much of the restoration you will undertake yourself. A bench and a vice, and a reasonable range of hand tools is necessary and these will include hammers, chisels, punches, hacksaws and, of course, spanners. A very wide range of these is available and you should have a set of socket spanners, a set of open-ended spanners and a set of ring spanners, or you can buy a set of combination spanners that have a ring at one end and an open end at the other. Obviously, the spanners will need to match the nuts and bolts used on your car -but what are they? The size of the bolt heads and nuts is dependent on the thread form as well as the diameter of the bolt, and for our purpose there are three types, metric, AF and BSF (which includes BSW). Metric threads will be found on Continental and Japanese cars, UNF on American and many British cars and BSF/BSW (British Standard Fine and the coarser British Standard Whitworth) on older British cars. Do not be surprised to find a mix of types on some British cars, particularly BSF and UNF.

Metric and UNF spanners are available from many outlets but you may have to look around for the BSF variety; advertisers in the magazines are the best bet.

Select the Best Tool

Buy the best that you can afford. Many of the really cheap ones are of very poor quality and as you will probably never need to buy another set you might as well start with a good one, and you can do no better than visit one of the large specialist tool or motoring stores and see what they have available.

Automotive tools

Once you have obtained the minimum necessary you can build up your collection by buying when you need a specific tool. Tool storage is important. It is frustrating to have to dig among a mass of tools to find the one you need, and increasingly sets of tools are being presented in their own storage boxes. Tool boards are useful as the various items are visible at a glance and they are economical on floor space since they hang on the wall. The professionals use tool cabinets, of which there is a wide variety, so that they can take the tools to the job and store them neatly for instant access.

As far as equipment is concerned there is much available to the amateur that saves time and tends towards better quality work, but apart from the cost of the equipment it has to be housed and it can easily encroach on working space.

You will certainly need an electric drill, both for drilling holes and for operating wire brushes and similar aids to rust and paint removal. Here it pays to buy one of reputable make and size; a minimum chuck capacity of 3/8in (10mm) is essential. Make sure also that it is of variable speed or has at least two speeds, since the single speed models run at about 1,400rpm (revolutions per minute) which is much too fast for drilling anything but small holes in steel. Make a practice of ensuring that all your electrical equipment is fitted with rubber, not plastic, plugs and sockets since plastic ones are very prone to crack when dropped on the floor or when run over.

A pillar drill is worth buying for accurate drilling of components on the bench, and these are now quite reasonably priced.

A bench grinder is also essential for sharpening tools and normally comes with a grinding wheel at both ends, one coarse and one fine. The coarse one is usually too coarse to be much good and is best replaced with a wire wheel for de-rusting components or a polishing mop. Goggles must be worn when using this tool, as small, very hot pieces of metal and abrasive powder fly off with great force and can easily damage eyes and pit spectacle lenses, to say nothing of the danger of a cracked wheel disintegrating.

JACKS AND STANDS

A trolley jack is essential for quickly and easily lifting a corner or side of a car for wheel removal or to place stands under it. A scissor jack or a bottle jack can be used instead but they’re less handy. Bottle jacks can prove useful for other operations, though, such as chassis straightening. For rapid tire changing these little beauties can save you time like nothing else. Tire replacement is a doddle with a good jack and stand set. It took me no more than 3 minutes to remove my fat mud tires from my quad bike last weekend with my own set. Now these mud tires are not your standard tires and weigh in at over 50kg and seem to fit a large part of my yard at over 28 inches in diameter
Car axle stand

Axle stands are essential; they do not crumble like a pile of bricks, although at a pinch blocks of wood, if of adequate size, could be used. It should not be necessary to say that you should never get under the car when it is supported only by a jack, but people still do so, sometimes with dire consequences.

AIR COMPRESSOR

Compressed air is very useful in the workshop and not only for the practical use of blowing up flat tires. Apart from clearing holes and drying components, it provides useful motive power for a wide variety of air tools, most of which are much more compact than their electrical equivalents and of course safer. If you propose to spray paint then a compressor is essential.

Air compressor

Air compressors come in different sizes and powers and the best advice that can be given is to buy the biggest you can afford as it will power a greater range of tools, but even the smallest is useful. The governing factor is the electricity supply; if you are restricted to 13 amps the biggest that you will be able to drive will supply about 6 cubic feet per minute (cfm) (1.7 cubic metres). This will be adequate for a reasonable range of air tools and spray painting but will not be sufficient for shot blasting.

All except the smallest compressors come with an air receiver (tank) which holds the compressed air and is topped up automatically by the compressor; one with a receiver of 25 or 50 litres capacity will do well.

Nearly all compressors will operate at pressure of up to about 100-120psi (pounds per square inch, 7-8 Bar) which is ample for all normal usage and standard tires.