Seville is over 2500 years old, though its original settlement date is unknown. It was settled by the Romans in the 8th century BCE, the aqueducts a vestige of the occupation. Seville has been occupied by many different groups in its history, including the Vandals and the Visigoths in the 5th and 6th centuries, and then by the Moors in 712. King Fernando III reconquered the city in 1248. Seville is currently the capital of the region of Andalusia.
Sister City History
Seville and Columbus started working together in 1986 when then-mayor of Seville Manuel del Valle Arevalo came to visit Columbus. In 1987, Columbus sent a delegation to Seville to further discuss the potential of a sister city relationship. The Sister City agreement was signed in 1988, and included many ideas for exchange. The model of the Santa Maria, one of Christopher Columbus’s ships, was a gift from Seville. It currently sits on the banks of the Scioto near the downtown area.
Seville has a strong, diverse economy. It has the only river port in Spain along the Guadalquivir River, and is an important trade center. Over 80% of Seville’s employees are concentrated in the service sector, most notably in tourism, trade, and financial services. It also has a strong focus on research and development, particularly in terms of molecular genetics and aeronautics.
Seville is home to many institutions of higher education, the University of Seville; the Universidad Pablo de Olavide; the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía; and the Fernando III University
Seville’s culture is a blend of history and ethnicities. It is noted for its role in the creation of the dance Flamenco, as well as its local “tapas” scene. In the spring, it has two festivals, Semana Santa and la Feria de Abril, both of which are well-known throughout Europe. Moreover, Seville has a large athletic following, as it is home to two rival soccer teams, Real Betis Balompié and Sevilla Fútbol Club.