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The marble University building dates back to the 15th Century and once housed Seville's tobacco factory, the inspiration for Bizet's opera Carmen.
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Calle San Fernando 4, 41004 Seville, Spain
+34 954 55 10 00
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice university. Factory remnants are hard to find. Hours of viewing are not the greatest. There are signs with info on them, but not so much of the factory. Factory was largest in the world.

Thank Roadkillca2001
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This used to be the tobacco factory and now it is the University of Seville. This is where we had our conference. It is beautiful and worth seeing.

Thank MartadXYZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank LG_Kay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Ali E
Reviewed 10 July 2018

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

Thank PJandSJ
Reviewed 1 July 2018

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

1  Thank Eve1973
Reviewed 30 June 2018

It is a beautiful building looking like a palace. Hard to imagine a cigarette factory in this place which inpired the french composer Bizet for the opera Carmen.

Thank Delanuit11
Reviewed 20 June 2018

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

Thank laNyonsaise
Reviewed 15 June 2018

The old tobacco factory is now University of Seville's main campus. This huge complex is huge and quite impressive. It will be a nice experience to study here.

Thank Leon L
Reviewed 18 May 2018

This was on the free walking tour and the building is gorgeous. Although it is now home to a school, the history behind it can almost be felt while visiting.

Thank GregBfromPDX
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Deborah M
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Response from GregBfromPDX | Reviewed this property |
We visited as part of a Free City Tour Of Sevilla - emphasis on “free”