Local stories in Sevilla

Sevilla is not just a place to see beautiful attractions and delicious food; it is also a place to hear of incredible myths and legends. If you come to the city and would want to understand its culture and people more, what better way to do than to hear these stories yourself?

NoDo_Sevilla_symbolThe NO∞DO Symbol

Not a day will pass in your exploration in the city that you will not encounter this symbol. This symbol was created by King Alfonso X to honor the city’s support for him in the time when many attempted to possess it. When spoken, the symbol means “No me ha dejado”  which in English means, “he who did not leave me”.

Carmen

If you happen to be wandering around Sevilla, chances are, you will have had encountered the name “Carmen” from the local folks. Who is Carmen? Well, Carmen is said to be a known gypsy coming from Triana. Story has it that she worked in a tobacco factory where she had passionate affairs with Escamillo who was a bullfighter and a French soldier. Carmen’s story was made famous by Prosper Merimee when the latter turned it into a novel. Later on, French composer Georges Bizet turned it into a popular opera.

Cabeza del Rey Don Pedro

Cabeza del Rey Don PedroAside from Carmen, another name you’d probably encounter when in Sevilla is that of King Don Pedro. Nicknamed The Cruel or The Just, King Don Pedro is legendary in the city. Story has it that during a duel, an important nobleman was killed. The family of the nobleman demanded justice for the slaying. King Don Pedro promised of the murderer’s head to be placed at the sight where the murder happened. The next day, he “presented the bailiff with a wooden box, claiming it contained the head of the murderer.” When the king died, the box was opened and revealed a clay model of King Don Pedro’s head.

Cristo del Cachorro

Also known as the Cristo de la Expiración, this famous sculpture of Christ was created by Ruiz de Gijon, a famous artist in the city. Legend has it that the inspiration of this sculpture came when de Gijon came across a fight between gypsies, which resultred to the death of an infamous criminal named El Cachorro. The artist said to have created the sculpture with El Cachorro’s face in mind – depicting true agony. When the work of art was finished, the people were able to recognize El Cachorro’s face, thus they called it Cristo del Cachorro.