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We arrived at 11.00 on a Monday which was the advertised time for a guided tour. These do not run at this time, but maybe on a weekend. We were able to borrow an audio guide but this was disappointing as two thirds of the...More
I passed by this place while heading to Plaza de Espana. According to websites, it was built in the 18th century and used as a tobacco factory until the 1950s. The factory was the largest industrial building of the world at the time and it...More
This is now a univercity, but used to be the tobacco factory, it has a dried up moat around it. Tobacco was big business and they made it into a city within the city to protect it from invasions. They had their own hospital and...More
The Calle San Fernando seemed a relatively quiet, open street after the bustle of the city centre, even though it’s only a short walk away. A few minutes’ stroll along it took us into the old tobacco building, which now houses some faculties of the...More
Do a little homework and read about it before you go. It's quite interesting.
This was the cigar making factory that employed mostly women beginning in the early 19th century and is said to have been the inspiration and locale for Bizet's well known opera,...More
Without going on a guided tour there's nothing much to be learned from wandering into the building being nosy. Yes, it did used to be the state run tobacco factory but today it's the university and what a great place to study. There wasn't any...More