Did you know that the first trip around the world left from Seville? In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan sailed with his ships to Sanlucar de Barrameda and from there, to the open sea, to circumnavigate the Earth. Crossing the San Telmo bridge, you can see the armillary sphere that commemorates mile zero of that voyage.
Seville in the sixteenth century was the mercantile centre of the western world, and its river was the main maritime route for Atlantic traffic for more than 200 years. Many street names referring to trades and origins come from that era (Alemanes, Placentines, Francos; Odreros, Toneleros, Cerrajeros...). Seville was known as “the city where the world’s heart beats”. Its maritime activity permeated commerce, population, culture, and its own urban development, making it unique.