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climate has been compared to that of Cairo, and there is never a day in the year when the sun does not shine. Seville is remarkable for its abundant remains of the wealth and power of the Mohammedans, who ruled in the city for nearly 550 years.
It has given birth
to three Roman Emperors, Hadrian, Trajan and Theodosius; to the immortal Magellan, and to two great painters, Murillo and Velasquez. The Alcazar, or House of Cæsar, was the residence of the Moorish and Catholic kings, and is one of the most interesting and remarkable buildings in Seville. The gem in this glorious building is the “Hall of Ambassadors,”
literally from marble floor to crystal and mother-ofpearl-lined roof one blaze of iris hues. The garden is most beautiful. The walls, fountains and kiosks are of Moorish origin, and every sovereign from Cæsar downward has left his mark in this delightful spot.
The Cathedral is one of the most magnificent in
Europe. It is Gothic in style, constructed of white granite and supported by sixty-eight immense col
Among the paintings of Murillo and other artists in the Cathedral is the celebrated picture of Saint Anthony looking up at a company of angels in one of his dreams. The saint was cut from the picture some years ago and sold in New York for a high price. When the theft was discovered the purchaser
sent it back as a present to the Cathedral authorities, and it was replaced in the canvas where it may be
At the end of the center aisle of the Cathedral is the Royal Chapel where the Royal Family formerly worshiped and where lie the remains of the conqueror of Spain, Ferdinand III., and his wife Beatrice. At
one side of the center aisle is the great sarcophagus containing the body of Columbus which was taken from Havana at the end of the Spanish-American War.
Americans feel at home when nearing the Cathedral, for attached to it is an immense tower known as “La Giralda,” which Stanford White copied when drawing his plans for the Madison Square Garden in
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New York. From the top of the tower one can see the entire city and the river upon which it lies. In the belfry are twenty-four bells which require fortytwo persons to ring them. But it is seldom that they are all rung at once. Erected in 1196 by the Moors as an observatory—the first in Europe—the fate of the Giralda was not a little characteristic: after the expulsion of the Moors it was turned into a bell tower, the Spaniards being ignorant of its real purpose.
Cadiz is built at the extremity of a long and narrow peninsula. Its shape has been compared to that of a frying-pan. The city is surrounded by massive walls. Its houses are overhung by picturesque balconies, and many of the streets are so narrow that friends can shake hands over the carriages that are picking their way with difficulty underneath. The Convent of the Capuchin Friars has above the main altar of the church the last picture which Murillo painted, representing the Marriage of Santa Catalina. After he had placed the picture the artist climbed a small ladder to apply the last touches to his great work. One foot slipped and he fell, dying soon after from the injuries received.
Cadiz is said to be the Tarshish of Scripture, and if so, it was for this city that Jonah started when he paid his fare at Jaffa. Ten miles from the landing-place is the old town of La Rabida, the temporary stoppingplace of Christopher Columbus while waiting for his commission in 1492.
Now, one morn, land appeared-a speck
shout-restrain the eager eye !”
-- ROBERT BROWNING.
“Algiers is a diamond set in an emerald frame,”' but what is a cruise without poetry, and what form of poetry could surpass this proverb? The palms and vineyards and orange-groves that abound around this,
, the largest city in the province of Algeria, make it a veritable “Garden of the Gods."
A carriage-drive of three hours around the city, with occasional stops at palaces and gardens and museums, through narrow streets and out on the hillside, with its beautiful view of the Mediterranean, is one not soon to be forgotten. A visit to one of the leading mosques and a stroll through the Arab quar