Sevilla is the name of a city in Spain, the capital of Andalusia. It has a long history of colonization of various civilizations, first colonized by the Phoenicians who name dit Spal meaning “valley, plain” in the Phoenician language, from sefela (valley, plain). During Roman rule, the name became Hispalis, than Isbilia when the Moors took over, which eventually became Sevilla during Spanish rule. Sevilla is also a Spanish surname, originating as a locational name for someone who came from the city.
According to legend, Sevilla was originally founded by the Greek demigod Heracles, who was often identified with the Phoenician god Melqart.
- Seville (English)
- Séville (French)