Sitting on a small hill 35km eastern side of Seville, overlooking an obscure Vega (valley) that dazzle in the heat during summer, as well as dotted with historical majestic monuments and also palaces, Carmona portrays a wonderful significance of the western Andalucia.
This strategic place was important far back as during the Carthaginian times. The Romans prepared a street design that survives till today: the Via Augusta, began from Rome passing Cadiz, entered Carmona through the eastern side of Puerta de Corodoba and then exited through the western side of Puerta de Sevilla ( to this day they are still firm and strong). The Muslims during that time built a firm defensive fence around Carmona, but later the town fell to Fernando III in 1247. Mudejar as well as Christian artisans later built convents, mansions and grand churches.
On the edge of southwestern side of Carmona lies what is left of an ancient Roman city. Various family tombs, many chambered while some chambered, were cut into rocks here during the 1st and also 2nd centuries AD. Many of the people who lived there at that time were cremated, and inside the tomb were just enough space for the stone urns which were boxlike. You can visit the large Tumba de Servilla, the tomb housing a Hispano-Roman family VIPs; as well as climb down to view several others.
This site boosts of other features like an attractive museum which displays objects that were discovered inside the tombs. Just across the road is the Anfiteatro Romano, even though you are not allowed to go in.
Alcazar de la Puerta de Sevilla
The amazing front gate of the old town of Carmona is a part of a strong defense that had been standing strong for over five centuries when a temple was built on it by the Romans after they reinforced it. The Islamic Almohads included an aljibe (cistern) to the higher patio, which is still a perch with a hawklike shape from which the typically white cubes Andalucian tableau as well as soaring spires can be admired.
Iglesia Prioral de la Santa Maria de la Asunción
This magnificent church was constructed mainly during the 15th as well as 16th centuries where the previous main mosque was situated. The Patio de los Naranjos from where you enter displays one visigothic calendar engraved into a pillar. When you enter inside, you would see a plateresque altar that is well detailed almost to the degree of perversion, with about 20 bible scenes panels framed by columns of gilt-scroll.
Museo de la Ciudad
Explore the interesting history of the town at the museum, situated at a palace which is a century-old, with pieces that dates back to the times of the Paleolithic. The Tartessians sections as well as their Roman heirs are illuminated: the former consist of valuable collection of big ceramic vessels with decorative motifs of the Middle Eastern, while the latter consists of various excellent mosaics.
Puerta de Cordoba
The gate of Rome that managed access into the city through the Eastern side is in astonishing repair, framing the fruitful countryside land outside it just like a faded rug that is precious. The Puertade Cordoba guided tours can be organized through Museo de la cuidad, provided that nothing less than eight participants arrive at the planned time.
Convento de Santa Clara
With its ribbed vaulting of Gothic, carved ceiling as well as dazzling altar piece in Mudejar-style, an instance of the Sevillan baroque, the convent of Santa Clara appeal to art as well as architecture buffs. Visits begin with a helix climb of the Santa Clara tower, an addition in the 18th-century. Do not miss the amazing arch-lined cloister at the back.
Iglesia de San Pedro
To the west of Puerta de Sevilla, Iglesia de San Pedro of the 15th century has an elaborate baroque interior, as well as its donjon was designed from the inspiration of Seville’s Giralda.
On the edge of the southwestern side of Carminalies is a Roman amphitheatre of the 1st-century-BC, though you are not allowed to go in.