Real Alcazar de Sevilla (Royal Palace of Seville), Seville

Real Alcazar de Sevilla (Royal Palace of Seville), Seville (must see)

In the year 712, Seville was conquered by the Umayyad Caliphate. Then began 700 years of Arab rule in Andalusia. In 913 Abd al-Rahman III built a fort over a Visigothic church.

This construction was expanded in the 11th century by an addition called "Al Mubarak", The Blessed. Seville became the capital of Al-Andalus and there followed a period of demolishing and rebuilding until twelve palaces had been built one over the other. In 1366 Pedro I built Mudejar Palace. Ferdinand and Isabella made the top floor the royal residence.

Styles followed one another over the years until no hint remained of the original design. They refashioned with Islamic, Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance influences. Then came Baroque, with Islamic overtones. Did we mention tiles? Majolica and arista? Ceramic tiles, Seville had more than anyone. More cigars and more tiles.

La Puerta de Leon (Lion Gate) is the main gate to the palace. It is named for the tile inlay above the entrance depicting a lion holding a cross and a banner in Latin which could be translated as "ready for anything". With all the architectural changes to the palace since 913, the scroll is true wit.

Visit the gardens. All the old Andalusian palaces had gardens which featured fruit trees, vegetables and flowers. They not only provided food but also visual and esthetic pleasure. Water was plentiful in fountains and ponds. In the 16th century the old Muslim wall was turned into a loggia to admire the view of the palace gardens.

Must see items in the palace are the patios and rooms. Some of the names are intriguing. Courtyard of the Dolls, Bedroom of the Moorish Kings, Justice Room, Prince's Room, Courtyard of the Maidens, and there are at least thirteen gardens.

Why you should visit
To see a palace the has housed king and queens since the the early middle ages.

Opening Hours:
Monday-Sunday: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
During the months of October and March, guided tours begin at: 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm
From 1st April to 30th September, guided tours begin at: 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm, 10:30pm
Monday from 6 to 7pm (Apr-Sep), and from 4 to 5pm (Oct-Mar): Free admission

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Real Alcazar de Sevilla (Royal Palace of Seville) on Map

Sight Name: Real Alcazar de Sevilla (Royal Palace of Seville)
Sight Location: Seville, Spain (See walking tours in Seville)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Seville, Spain

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles

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