First, I must give credit for the concept of this post to Pam of MSNomad. We liked the idea when she did it and so blatantly stole it to use today.
We set out this morning to walk to two large, historic buildings. Seville has no shortage of such buildings. We started out at 10 AM so the shopkeepers were busy cleaning the front of their stores.
We enjoyed walking under the shade of the overhead canvas that covers much of the shopping streets and even part of this plaza in front of city hall. Have I mentioned that it is hot here and everyone likes to walk in the shade!
The building has an interesting history. Seville has a navigable river to the Mediterranean. After Columbus discovered America, all trade between Europe and the Americas was done through Seville. The building was originally built to house all the trade groups that developed here. After a while, the port moved from Seville to the coast and the building became a tenement. At that time, Spain was taking a lot of heat for controlling the Americas, so they decided to use this building to house all the documents relating to the discovery and trade with the Americas. They were trying to make the case that they rightfully owned the Americas. Ultimately, related documents from all over Europe have been housed here. They also claim to be the first archive to computerize their documents so researchers anywhere can access them.
But let’s continue our walk. Just outside the archive a group of camp kids and their counselors are having a good time singing and jumping.