IFMSA-Sevilla or AJIEMS is in the Faculty of Medicine in Seville. Seville is the capital of Andalusia, and the fourth most populated city of Spain after Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.
Its old town is the biggest in Spain and one of the three biggest in Europe, and its historical center one of the biggest in Spain. Its historical patrimony and its many theatrical and cultural spaces make it a great destination for national and international tourism: it’s the third most visited capital in Spain, after Barcelona and Madrid.
Among its most representative monuments, we can find the cathedral (including the Giralda), the Alcázar, Archivo de Indias, Torre del Oro, the first three declared World Heritage sites in 1987.
Medicine in Seville is also experienced due to having three main hospitals: Virgen de la Macarena, Virgen del Rocío and Virgen de Valme. The hospital where you will be is Virgen del Rocio, one of the most important hospital in researching new clinic methods.
The Faculty of Medicine appears as part of the University of Seville in the oldest documents of the university, particularly in the Bula granted the year 1508. However, the primitive Faculty died in 1845, as a result of reforms called Pidal Plan .
The origin of the current faculty was the Free School of Medicine, founded in October 1868 by the Revolutionary Junta of Seville. But the person who inspired its creation was Federico Rubio. The headquarters is set in the former convent of Madre de Dios. This school was not integrated at the University of Sevilla until 1917.
Today, it is one of the Spanish schools with more students and teachers. The clinical teaching takes place in three large university hospitals: Virgen Macarena, Virgen del Rocío and Virgen de Valme. However, incomings' clinical practices will take place at the biggest one, which is Virgen del Rocío, a hospital complex.
Travelling by plane is effective and quick. To get to Seville, remember this city has an
international airport, Aeropuerto de San Pablo, where planes from the main Spanish, European
and worldwide cities come and go. It has many planes, routes, schedules… it connects directly to the most important cities in Spain and the world, so you will for sure find a plane that suits you from your city or a nearby airport. In Seville’s airport you’ll find the best national and international airlines, like Iberia,
Vueling Airlines, Ryanair, Air Europa, etc.
The main train station, called Santa Justa, connects the city to the rest of Andalusia, and to the main Spanish and European cities by railroad. Also, there is other train station called San Bernardo. This form of transport has plenty of routs from other cities, schedules, prices, etc. Renfe, the National Network of trains in Spain is the public company that handles the railway transport in Spain, both travelers and goods. Since 1991 it’s connected to Madrid by the high speed train (AVE). This new option allows you to arrive in less than two hours and a half. But let’s not forget that you can get here by AVE from Barcelona, coming through Zaragoza, and from Córdoba.
Seville has two main bus stations that connect to nearby provinces but also Spanish most important cities. To Estación Plaza de Armas come buses from national spots like Madrid (Socibus), Salamanca, Asturias, Badajoz, Valencia (Alsa) and others. There are also inter-city buses and Andalusian destinations outside the province of Seville (Los Amarillos, Comes…). There is another station a bit smaller, called Estación Prado de San Sebastián, located next to the area with the same name. You can get to Seville taking some of the buses that operate here. Most destinations are Andalusian provinces, but there are also connections to Barcelona, Murcia or Cartagena.
If you want to bring your own car, or rent one, you can get to Seville through highway (A-49, A- 92, AP-4, A-4, and others). By road Seville is perfectly connected to other cities from Andalusia, Spain and Portugal. To come from Huelva to Seville, you can take the A-49. The route from Malaga, Granada or Almería is the A-92. From Cádiz you can take the toll road AP-4, or the National Road (for free), you will drive around 100km in about less than an hour. Or from Córdoba, in less than two hours, through A-4. To travel from Madrid to Seville you have to take A-5 and A-66. Whichever spot of the city you’re at, if you look for SE-30, ring road that surrounds Seville, this will link you to the desired destination. If you come from Morocco, you can take your own car in the ferry and from Algeciras, Tarifa or
Málaga port, take some of the highway routs already mentioned, like AP-4 or A-92.
Once in Seville, public transport doesn't cost more than 8€ per week having a public transport card.
Like every great city in Europe, Seville has its share of must-see attractions, but the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region also boasts that quixotic quality that travelers yearn for the most: atmosphere. While the city’s lively mix of Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance and Modern architecture is dazzling, it’s the lust for life of the Sevillian people that makes a trip to Seville so unique and memorable. There’s an irresistible vitality to Seville that bathes Spain’s fourth-largest city with a warm and sunny glow. Whether swaying to the rhythmic tapping of a flamenco dancer’s nail-capped shoes or dancing the night away at a modern open-air discotheque, it’s hard to sit still in this engaging city. An overview of the top tourist attractions in Seville:
- Parque de María Luisa: Seville’s primary public park, the Parque de María Luisa stretches along the Guadalquivir River near the center of the city. Most of the park’s grounds were originally part of the gardens of the Palace of San Telmo and were donated to the city in 1893. Landscape designer Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier is responsible for the park’s present configuration. The park is known for its large population of birds, which include doves, swans, parrots and ducks. Statues, ponds and fountains scattered throughout the park make it a picturesque and pleasant spot in which to relax in the Spanish sun.
- Las setas: Located at La Encarnacion square in Seville’s Old City district, the newly completed Metropol Parasol is described as the largest wooden structure in the world. Designed by German architect Jurgen Mayer-Hermann, the building features six gigantic umbrella-shaped structures made of birch wood imported from Finland. Nicknamed Las Setas de la Encarnacion, or Incarnacion’s Mushrooms, the modern design has spurred almost as much controversy as the building’s exorbitant price tag. Delays and changes in building methods doubled the estimated cost of 50 million euros. The structure is home to a marketplace, an antiquarium, a restaurant and an open air plaza.
- Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza: For visitors who are interested in the Spanish tradition of bullfighting, the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is a can’t-miss destination. The oldest bullring in Spain, the 14,000-seat arena dates back to 1758, and bullfights are still held here on Sundays from spring to fall. Visitors don’t need to watch a bullfight, however, to learn more about the tradition. The adjacent museum exhibits artifacts and information about famous bulls and matadors. Tickets include admission to the museum and a guided tour of the ring.
- Casa de Pilatos: Located next to the Plaza de Pilatos, the Caso de Pilatos is considered a premier example of an Andalusian palace. Designed by architect Genoese Antonio Maria Aprile in 1529, the “Pilate’s House” was so named in reference to the original owner’s son, Fadrique Enriquez de Rivera, who made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1519. Although the building is privately owned by the Medinaceli family, it’s open to the public for guided tours much of the year. Standout features include a series of bullfight paintings by Francisco Goya, a 16th-century marble gate and a grand staircase ornamented with a Mudéjar-style honeycomb ceiling.
- Plaza de España: In 1914, Sevillian architect Anibal Gonzalez began designing a series of buildings in preparation for the upcoming 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition. Located near the Santa Cruz neighborhood in the Parque de María Luisa, the building were constructed for the world’s fair to showcase Spain’s role in history, industry and technology. Among the exhibits housed in the main edifice were manuscripts written by Spanish explorers Columbus and Cortes. The buildings are a rare example of the Regionalist Revival style of architecture, which is characterized by a use of local materials. Today, the structures serve as government offices.
- Barrio Santa Cruz: Located to the east of the Old City, the Barrio Santa Cruz is bordered by the Guadalquivir River. The neighborhood was Seville’s Jewish quarter until the late 1300s, when synagogues were closed, homes were confiscated and thousands of Jewish people were either killed or forced to convert to Christianity. A neighborhood of narrow, cobbled alleys and streets, the barrio is filled with orange trees, colorfully tiled patios and small-scale plazas as well as a wide array of tapas bars and restaurants. Closed to vehicle traffic, the neighborhood is perfect for visitors who want to experience the ambience of a medieval Spanish city.
- Torre del Oro: No other structure in Seville better explains the role that the Guadalquivir River played during Spain’s colonial period than Torre del Oro, the Golden Tower. Seville owed much of its success in maritime trade to the navigable river, which offered ships more protection than a traditional European port. For centuries, a heavy chain was strung across the river from the tower to protect the city from seafaring invaders. Built in the early 1200s, the watchtower’s name comes from the golden glow that the reflection of its building materials casts on the river. Today, the tower is home to a maritime museum that outlines the river’s importance throughout Seville’s history. Visitors can enjoy views of waterway and city from a rooftop viewing platform.
- Seville Cathedral: Built on the site of a grand Almohad Mosque, Seville’s medieval cathedral was built to demonstrate Seville’s power and wealth after the Reconquista. At the time of its completion in the 16th century, it supplanted the Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world. It is still the third-largest church in Europe, and the biggest by volume. The mammoth Gothic structure features an altarpiece depicting the life of Jesus that includes more than 1,000 figures covered in gold leaf. The cathedral’s artistic treasures include Pedro de Campaña’s Descent from the Cross, Francisco de Zurbarán’s Santa Teresa and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s masterpiece, La Inmaculada. Within the church’s transept lies the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
- Alcázar of Seville: Still used today by Spain’s Royal family on state occasions, the Alcazar complex of royal palaces, patios and gardens has undergone many transformations over its more than one-thousand-year history. In the 11th century, Muslim Moors constructed a palace on the site of a 10th-century fort, which was converted to a Gothic-style structure in the 13th century. One hundred years later, King Pedro hired Moorish craftsmen to rebuild and expand the palace in the Mudéjar style. From the starry design of the domed ceiling in the Salón de Embajadores (Ambassadors’ Hall) to the delicate arches and plasterwork of the Patio de las Doncellas (Patio of Maidens), the Palacio de Don Pedro is considered one of the top tourist attractions in Seville.
- La Giralda: The Giralda is the only remaining structure of the 12th-century mosque torn down during the construction of the Seville Cathedral. Moors built the minaret with a series of ramps so that guards could ride to the top on horseback. Today, the 35 ramps make it easy for visitors to ascend to the summit to enjoy panoramic views of the city below. The bell tower is capped with a bronze weathervane called El Giraldillo, which is a symbol that represents the triumph of faith. The entrance to the tower is located in the cathedral’s northeastern corner.