Visit the beautiful Alcazar of Seville2018-05-24
Although the Alcazar of Seville resembles a Moorish palace, in fact many of its finest rooms have been built – by Moorish workers, it is true – for the Christian king, Pedro the Cruel of Castile, in the 1360s.
Pedro lived in and ruled from the palace with his mistress, Maria de Padilla. He started a complete renovation and extension of the palace, with the best workmen from Granada and Toledo, and with fragments of earlier Moorish buildings in Seville, Cordoba and Valencia.
Pedro’s Mudejar Palace (designed in Moorish style for a Christian ruler) forms the heart as it is today and, despite countless restorations required by fires and earthquakes, the Alcazar offers some of the best surviving examples of Mudejar architecture.
The Citadel is divided into sections that date from a succession of eras: Moors (11th-12th centuries), Gothic (13th century), Mudejar (14th century) and Renaissance (15th-16th centuries).
The palace complex consists of:
The oldest part is the Patio del Yeso, which dates back to Moorish times.
The Renaissance Palace, with the House of Trade, where Columbus signed his contract with Queen Isabella. Many Italianate features, marble arches and columns, were added in the 16th century.
The palace of King Don Pedro I, with a façade that harmoniously marries Moorish features – horseshoe arches, Arabic letters (“No one is victorious but Allah”) – with Christian words (the very noble … Don Pedro … ordered ordered these Alcazares built “).
Inside you will find the enchanting Patio de las Doncellas, with its sunken gardens, careful arches and long swimming pool.There are several royal lounges around this patio, and on the other side is the most spectacular room in the palace: the Ambassadors ‘Hall, with a golden dome representing the sky. Take care of the Peacock arch with decorated birds leading to this drawing room. In addition to a royal atmosphere, thanks to the white, blue and golden colors, and the gallery with portraits of all Castilian kings, fantastic details such as balconies supported by golden dragons, give it a fairytale feel.
Above are the private apartments, where you can see the bedroom of Queen Isabella and the private chapel, the dining room, the study of the king and other rooms.
The Alcazar of Seville was used as the location for scenes in season five and Six of the hugely successful HBO TV series, Game of Thrones, which stood for the Water Gardens of Dorne. The palace will also use the new NBC TV series Emerald City, based on The Wizard of Oz, at the end of 2015 and broadcasting in 2016.
Visit the Alcazar of Seville
The terrain is extensive and fascinating, so make sure you have enough time to wander through the whole palace and gardens – at least two to three hours. The public entrance of the citadel at the intersection of Calle Santo Tomas and Calle Miguel Mañara, and the exit is around the corner in Patio de los Banderas.