Royal Tobacco Factory

Seville, Spain

The Royal Tobacco Factory, an 18th-century industrial building was, at the time it was built the second largest building in Spain, second only to the royal residence El Escorial. It remains one of the largest and most architecturally distinguished industrial buildings ever built in that country, and one of the oldest such buildings to survive.

Since the 1950s it has been the seat of the rectorate of the University of Seville. Prior to that, it was, as its name indicates, a tobacco factory: the most prominent such institution in Europe, and a lineal descendant of Europe's first tobacco factory, which was located nearby. It is one of the most notable and splendid examples of industrial architecture from the era of Spain's Antiguo Régimen.



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    David Smith (13 months ago)
    Lovely 18th-century building which, as the name suggests, used to be a tobacco factory, but which is the now the main University building. Free to wander around in. I saw a "no entry" sign in Spanish but worked out that was for mopeds or bikes!
    Maíra Cristo Daitx (14 months ago)
    Amazing to see this reconverted space. Full of life during the class period. Now, its access is limited by COVID security measures, but you can still appreciate it from the outside
    Koen (18 months ago)
    The Calle San Fernando is home to one of the city's most famous buildings: the Real Fábrica de Tabacos de Sevilla. This enormous neoclassical building was commissioned by the royal family, built between 1728 and 1771 and could accommodate more than 10,000 (mainly female) employees. Most famous employee was Carmen, known from the opera of the same name by the French composer Georges Bizet. She was known for rolling cigars between her thighs. The factory halls of the old tobacco factory have been part of the University of Seville since 1949. Parts of the building are publicly accessible. Even interesting for people who don't like opera.
    Leandi Jane Van Staden (19 months ago)
    Very nice place, if you like histrory get yourself a tour guide that can tell you more about the history of this factory. Other wise you can walk through the buildings and read more about it on Google.
    Claude Waddington (2 years ago)
    Not worth visiting, there's nothing special about it to see or learn. The architecture is nice.
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