Audiovisual Fiction and World Heritage Sites in Medium-Sized Spanish Cities: The Alhambra of Granada and the Royal Alcazar of Seville (1905&-2023). Articles uri icon

publication date

  • April 2023

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  • 1

end page

  • 36


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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2071-1050


  • This article analyses the production of audiovisual fiction as an instrument for
    disseminating the image of the Alhambra (Granada) and the Royal Alcazar (Seville) for tourism
    purposes. The methodology used was twofold: qualitative, carrying out an exhaustive bibliographic
    review, but also quantitative, using primary sources, through the identification of the films shot,
    visualization and collection of metadata of the scenes filmed. The information, previously
    structured, also allows a double analysis: temporal, considering five stages, and spatial, identifying
    and mapping more than twenty significant places within both sites. In its temporal dimension, the
    main conclusion refers to the different significance of cinema in the dissemination of the image of
    both sites: very prominent during Franco┬┐s regime, with a profusion of foreign productions
    (Alhambra), while from the democratic period onwards it is the Royal Alcazar which offers a greater
    number of filming. In its spatial dimension, it has been verified that the 19th century formats in
    charge of disseminating images established a canon of places according to a certain degree of
    exoticism, which has been perpetuated by cinematography without significant changes.


  • cinema; world heritage sites; granada; alhambra; sevilla; royal alcazar; medium-sized cities; tourist image