Top Sights in Seville

 

Famous for its flamenco, tapas bars and orange trees, Seville is a fabulous short break destination. Stunning Moorish palaces, churches, museums, monuments and parks – Seville has it all! This compact city has a fascinating history and is easily explored on foot.

Here are my favourite things to see in Seville….

Torre del Oro

Built in 1220 as a defensive lookout, the reflection of Torre del Oro (the Golden Tower)  casts a golden glow on the Guadalquivir River below.  Seville owed much of its success in maritime trade to this navigable river, which offered ships more protection than a traditional European port. Treasures from the New World were unloaded at Torre del Oro, and today it houses a maritime museum, where visitors can enjoy views of the waterway and city from a rooftop viewing platform.

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The Real Alcázar

Originally a Moorish fort, the Alcázar of Seville (Spanish “Alcázares Reales de Sevilla”) is a royal palace that is one of the best remaining examples of mudéjar architecture. It is an exquisite place to visit, and it’s very easy to spend the whole day there…just gazing at the beautiful patios and halls, and relaxing in the gardens.

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Horseshoe Arches – The Ambassadors’ Hall
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Salon de Embajadores – dome of the Ambassadors’ Hall, made from carved and guilded interlaced wood
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Ornate door
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Dome of the Patio de las Munecas (Patio of the Dolls)
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Mudejar stucco
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Patio de las Doncellas (Patio of the Maidens)
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Patio de las Doncellas
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Patio de las Munecas
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Patio de las Doncellas
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Salones de Carlos V
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Gardens
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Gardens
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Gardens

 

Seville Cathedral

The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, better known as Seville Cathedral, was built on the site of a grand Almohad Mosque to demonstrate Seville’s power and wealth after the Reconquista. It is the third largest church in Europe, and features an altarpiece depicting the life of Jesus that includes more than 1000 figures covered in gold leaf (the Retablo Mayor). Within the church’s transept lies the tomb of Christopher Columbus.

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Capilla Mayor (main chapel)
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One of many stained glass windows
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Detail of the Retablo Mayor
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Tomb of Columbus

 

La Giralda

Renaissance in style, La Giralda – the bell tower of Seville Cathedral – is the only remaining structure of the 12th Century mosque torn down during the construction of the Seville Cathedral. The Moors built the minaret with a series of ramps so that guards could ride to the top on horseback. Today, these 35 ramps make it easy for visitors to ascend to the summit to enjoy panoramic views of the city below.

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La Giralda
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View from the top of La Giraldi
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One of the large (and deafeningly loud) bells at the top of La Giralda
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Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza (bullfighting ring), seen from the top of La Giralda
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Looking down onto the cathedral from La Giralda

 

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2 thoughts on “Top Sights in Seville

  1. Nate, your photographs are stunning! They really reflect how exquisite the architecture is. The dome is AMAZING!

    I have always been fascinated by doors and how each one has a distinct personality.

    I love the light you captured in each of these photos, it’s beautiful.

    And OMG, the shots of the garden are incredible! I especially love the last one with the fountain.

    The view looking down onto the cathedral from La Giralda is spectacular!

    You have such a talent with the camera, my friend!

    Thanks again for sharing your travels. Thoroughly enjoyed!

    Like

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