ALCAZAR OF SEVILLE

Excursion Details:

Opening Times: 09:00am – 17:00pm (winter), 09:00am – 19:00pm (summer).

  • The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace in Seville, Spain, built for the Christian king Peter of Castile. It was built by Castilian Christians on the site of an Abbadid Muslim residential fortress destroyed after the Christian conquest of Seville. The palace, an example of Mudéjar architecture in the Iberian Peninsula, is renowned as one of the most beautiful.
  • The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as their official residence in Seville, and are administered by the Patrimonio Nacional.
  • It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the adjoining Seville Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.
  • Puerta del León – The main entrance to the Alcázar takes its name from the 19th century tile-work inlaid above it, a crowned lion holding a cross in its claws and bearing a Gothic script.
  • Patio de las Doncellas, meaning “The Courtyard of the Maidens”, refers to the legend that the Moors demanded 100 virgins every year as tribute from Christian kingdoms in Iberia.
  • The lower level of the Patio was built for King Peter of Castile and includes inscriptions describing Peter as a “sultan”.
  • Los Baños de Doña María de Padilla – The “Baths of Lady María de Padilla” are rainwater tanks beneath the Patio del Crucero. The tanks are named after María de Padilla, the mistress of Peter the Cruel.
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