The Torre del Oro – The other tower of Seville2018-06-03
It is an observation tower on the left bank of the River Guadalquivir, in the city of Seville, next to the bullring of the Real Maestranza. It is 36 meters high. It closed the passage to the Arenal with a part of the wall that united it with the Torre de la Plata, which was part of the walls of Seville that defended the Alcazar.
The Torre del Oro, one of Seville’s most recognizable landmarks, meaning the golden tower.
It dominates the banks of the Guadalquivir and is probably one of the most photographed sights of the city. You can enjoy spectacular views from the top, so bring your camera.
History of The Torre del Oro
The tower was built in the 13th century (1220-1221) during the reign of the Taifa kings, a time when Spain was invaded by the Moors.
The main body has a 12-sided floor, while the upper part has a 6-sided floor and was an addition of Pedro I of Castile (the same one who commissioned the construction of the Mudejar Palace). The round top was added during the 18th century (around 1760).
Maritime Museum of Seville is a defense tower from the 13th century, from where a thick chain extends to the other side of the river and cuts off access to enemy ships. The tower is 36 meters high and stands on the left bank of the Guadalquivir River.
It has three sections, the first of which are dodecagonal: the first of these was built by the Almohads, while the second was built by Pedro I, “The Cruel”. The third part is cylindrical and covered with a dome. This dates from the 18th century.
The tower defended the entrance of the river to the Barcas bridge and land access to the Arenal, where industrial activities take place. The tower was connected to the Torre de la Plata by parts of the wall known as “coracha”, which also extended to the Alcazar of Seville.
From defense work to museum
The Torre del Oro now houses a small but interesting museum ship. The museum has two floors of exhibits and a panoramic terrace. Before being converted into a museum, the monument was used as a chapel, a prison for nobles, a gunpowder shop and the offices of the port authorities and the Naval Command.
Along with the Giralda, the Torre del Oro one of the most representative symbols of Sevilla. It was declared a historical-artistic monument in 1931.