Royal Tobacco Factory
The University in Seville used to be, in former times,
one of the most famous buildings in the city.
The old tobacco factory was built in the 18th century
thanks to the boost in tobacco consumption, which was
Since the 19th century, this building became a famous
building internationally, when a French writer, Prospero
Merimeé, was inspired by the character of a cigar-maker,
Carmen, who worked in the Royal Tabacco Factory. Some
years later, Bizet adapted the character of the cigar-maker
to create his famous opera “Carmen”.
There are two smaller buildings in the complex. One
of them is a chapel which is still in use. There is
also a former prison which is now used by the University.