Ancient and Medieval periods

The Port of Seville dates from ancient times and can be traced back to the Phoenicians, who established the first post here to trade in precious metals. This lay somewhere between today’s Real Alcázar and Iglesia del Salvador.

Later, in the 2nd century BC, the Romans made Híspalis into an important port. A century later, the local shipyards were building large ships for transporting grain. They referred to the Port of Seville as ‘Portus Hispalensis’ and used it to export a wide range of products to Rome: minerals, salt, fish…

In the eighth century, the Arab began to transform the city: they built the first versión of the Alcázar, the famous Torre del Oro, which was part of the defences to protect the port and city, and the less well-known towers of la Plata and Abd al-Azis.

Moving forwards to the reconquest of Seville in the 13th century, Fernando III expanded the shipyards. In this period, the bustling Port of Seville was sending ships to the rest of Europe laden with grain, oil, wine, wool, leather, cheese, honey, wax, nuts, salted fish, metal, silk, linen and dyes.

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