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Palacio de Congresos y exposiciones de Sevilla - Fibes
Avda Alcalde Luis Uruñuela 1
The meeting opens Sunday 23 May 18.00 hours and ends Thursday 27 May 15.30 hours.
According to legend, Seville was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation. It was called Hispalis under the Romans and Isbiliya with the Moors. Its high point in its history was following the discovery of America.
Seville lies on the banks of the Guadalquivir. The river can be navigated from Seville all the way to its outlet near Sanlúcar de Barrameda, on the Atlantic coast. In the past the port of Seville played an important role in commerce between Spain and the Americas and it remains today one of the most active river ports of the Iberian Peninsula.
Seville is one of the largest historical centres in Europe, it has the minaret of La Giralda, the cathedral (one of the largest in Christendom), and the Alcázar Palace. Part of its treasure include Casa de Pilatos, the Town Hall, Archive of the Indies (where the historical records of the American continent are kept), the Fine Arts Museum (the second largest picture gallery in Spain), plus convents, parish churches and palaces.
It has hosted two international exhibitions (1929 and 1992) and is the administrative capital of Andalusia.
For all its important monuments and fascinating history, Seville is universally famous for being a joyous town. While the Sevillians are known for their wit and sparkle, the city itself is striking for its vitality. It is the largest town in Southern Spain, the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro.
Seville possesses a monumental wealth which is second to none. Strolling through its neighbourhoods is the best way of getting to know the city. Santa Cruz, part of the old Jewish legacy, is narrow streets, the sound of water, gardens where forged steel imitates the natural beauty of flowers, shady, and silent. Triana is the birthplace of flamenco, bullfighting tradition, unique neighbourly courts, and streets that maintain the flavour of the old suburbs. It's reflections in the river can be admired from Betis street. Triana is the home of the most artists in ceramics. San Lorenzo is imperious and silent. The splendour of the Macarena district is monopolized by its universal virgin. The María Luisa Park and Sierpes Street are world famous. It houses the Plaza de España and Plaza de América which were built for the Latin American Exposition of 1929.
The Triana district, just across the river, is good area for nightlife. Its Calle Betis, along the waterfront, features a popular strip of trendy bars, pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants. Around town, there are several Disco bars and discotecas, with music. Many of these can also be found in and around the city centre, in areas such as Plaza Alfalfa, and Alameda Hércules. In the summer, the action moves to the huge clubs along the river, close by el Puente del Alamillo.