University of Sevilla
The main university building of the University of Sevilla is located in the old tobacco factory, the second largest building in Spain after El Escorial in Madrid. In those days, the monopoly of the tobacco industry brought in a lot of money, as seen through the architecture. The building was constructed between 1728 and 1771, designed by Sebastian Van der Bocht. The factory was converted into the principal building of the university, known as the Rectorado, in 1951. Once inside, it is easy to lose yourself in the labyrinth of passages but if you’ve got a bit of time just enjoy the tranquil patios, fountains and sculpture that you encounter. The gardens that that surround the building are also a marvelous place to sit and relax with friends between classes.
The University of Sevilla is the oldest university in the whole region of Andalucia. Historians date its foundation to 1502, the year in which the reigning Catholic monarchs authorized the local government to establish general studies in the city. Today there are more than 80,000 students in the Andalucian capital, amongst which there are roughly 1500 foreigners mainly from Europe, North America and South America. The largest departments are Law, Economics, Communications and Engineering. At each campus you will find a library and one of four subsidized dining halls: one in the Medicine Department, another at the Reina Mercedes campus, another in the Engineering Department, and the last at the Communications Campus. There are also cafeterias in most of the smaller departments.
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