Carmona, Andalusia, Spain, is a traveler's and photographer's delight, and is one of the oldest and scenic towns in the country. It is located on the fertile plains of River Carbones and is approximately a hundred twenty-five kilometers from the main city of Seville. Carmona is said to be the oldest town in Spain founded by the Carthaginians, built during the Roman times, and is an amalgamation of Phoenician, Roman, Visigoth, and Arab cultures. These invaders left their mark on the city with a rich monumental legacy, food, and culture.
Carmona was called Karmo by the Romans and Qarmuna by the Moorish invaders. Walking through the city, you will come across the impressive Gate of Seville Fortress, which was built as protection from invaders during the ninth century B.C. Stop off at the city's Amphitheater, and stroll to the outskirts of the town where you will see the Necropolis dating from second century to fourth century. Within the Necropolis lie hundreds of tombs and rich burial chambers excavated from rocks.
The Carmona church has a spectacular Mudejar Azulejo ceiling, which is a form of beautiful, multicolored, painted, tin-glazed ceramic tile work. The Christian Spaniards took over the city of Carmona or Qarmuna from the Moors eight hundred years ago, and with the passing of time, Carmona, Andalusia, Spain, became like any other Spanish village. Mosques turned into churches with the Arabs being replaced by the Castilian, and an example of the merger of religious architecture can be seen in the Church of Santa Maria, with its elegant patio, which also has a reminiscent mudejar tower with the original minaret partially visible. The Gothic feel of the interiors and the tall, purple-and-yellow-lit walls with the intricate designs and decorations on the ceiling are also a highlight.
The Plaza San Fernando, dominated by Moorish-style buildings, has a busy fruit, vegetable, and meat market behind the wall. The city museums are worth a visit to discover the history of the Carmona. The influence of Seville and Andalusia are seen in the food of Carmona. There are many bars and restaurants in the main town that are easier on the purse. There is also a chain of restaurants from Seville serving cured and grilled meats, and a variety of tapas.
You will love Carmona, Andalusia, Spain, if you visit during any of the local festivals. These include a great Easter or Holy Week and spring fair in May. There is also a pilgrimage the first Sunday in the month of September where nine days are devoted to Saint La Virgin De Gracia.
There are many beautiful Renaissance-style buildings and castles renovated as Carmona, Andalusia, Spain hotels with terrace seating. There are many hotels, hostels and apartments available in and around the town. When booking hostels in Carmona, Andalusia, Spain, book beforehand and call hostel staff to confirm availability and extra charges if applicable. This will give you the flexibility to enjoy your vacation here without spending much time hunting for hostels in Carmona, Andalusia, Spain.
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