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The Alcazar of Seville is composed of a set of palaces which are surrounded by a wall. It was declared World Heritage along with the Cathedral, the Giralda and the Archive of the Indies in 1987.

History of the Royal Alcazar of Seville

The building was built on an ancient Roman settlement since which is a product of the evolution of the Roman Hispalis during the high middle ages, exactly at the beginning of the 10th century. The Abderrahmán III Córdoba Caliph was an-Nasir, who ordered the building of a new campus of the Government in the southern part of the city in 913. It was part of the Roman coins city relatively close to the present Church of el Salvador.

You would add to this Palace of Government of the tenth century the new Alcazar of the abadies which then became the official life Center.

With the Christian conquest in 1249 arrived for the Royal Alcazar status it enjoyed until today: the Crown headquarters and field of the municipal power of the city. Thus on the same basis rose the Gothic palaces and later the Mudejar Palace of Peter I.

Even centuries later, it was continuous bonding of the Real Alcázar and the Spanish Crown, reforming for example the Patio de las Doncellas acquired Italian Renaissance character. However others, such as the courtyard of the dolls ended up losing its primitive charm after various transformations of the 19th century.

From the Renaissance the most benefit will be the gardens of the Royal Alcazar, being these gifted new streams, ponds, pavilions, covers… etc. Thanks to this combination of religious and architectural styles, and the beauty and richness of its gardens, this magical space of the center of Seville was chosen as one of scenarios, for example, the 5th season of Game of Thrones although this series has not been the first to put their sights on the beloved corner of this city.

Why visit the Royal Alcazar?

Without a doubt the Alcázares are an almost obligatory visit in one route from Seville and this is not for few reasons.

First thing you may call the attention of this spectacular building are, without doubt, its gardens. They found more than 170 species in its 60,000 m2 of surface.

Since its construction has been developed over the centuries we find different architectural styles combined in surprising and unique, which further enhances the beauty and charm of this place which is observed throughout each of the villages by the city of Seville throughout its history.

What to see in the Alcazar of Seville

Visits to the Royal Alcazar of Seville may be accompanied by or if you prefer in the form of free visit can incorporate into which an audioguide, prices of both types will detail them later. If you decide to do this second type of visit, it is important to know the points of greatest interest.

When you enter the Real Alcázar are two stays prior to the arches that limit the Monteria Patio, the room of our left you can access the beautiful courtyard of the plaster and by the right wing came to the Admiral room where is situated the known Casa de contratación de Indias. Arriving at the Monteria Patio, we see the beautiful façade of the Palace of Peter I, also known as Mudejar Patio, whose epicenter is in the Palace of maidens. Surrounding the famous and beautiful courtyard we find among the different rooms of the Royal Bedchamber and the pass to go both wrists, a small and charming Garden Patio, and surely more surprising room, the Salon of the ambassadors.

By the gothic Palace, of which we highlight the vaults and the living room tapestry we reach the famous gardens. Once here very hard to highlight on the other some space while it is true that the best-known places are the following: the mercury pond, the garden of dance where the baths of Doña María de Padilla‘s must-see as the garden of the ladies. Although this is only a sketch of the most significant points and they have therefore been rooms and corners without comment so it follow these steps covers the basic route. To get an idea, you can take a virtual tour.

How to visit the Royal Alcazar of Seville?


Patio de Banderas s/n, Sevilla

Nearby bus stations: 5, 22, 23, 25, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 53, C3 and C4

Opening hours:

From Monday to Sunday. Except: from 1 to 6 January, 25 December and good Friday.

October – March: 9.30 h to 17.ooh

April – September: 9.30 to 19.ooh


General admission: €9.50

Fourth entry height: €4.50

Pensioners and students aged 17 to 25 (acreditandolo at the box office): €2

Disabled and children under 16 years: free

Born or resident in Seville: free

Monday from 18.ooh to 19.ooh (April/October) and 16.ooh to 17.ooh (October/September): free.

Audiguia: €5

Minors must be accompanied by an adult. From the 1 of may 2016, it is mandatory that groups of more than 8 people use tours.

For more information you can visit the official website of the Real Alcázar by clicking here.

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The Giralda of Seville is the Bell Tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria of the headquarters and heritage according to UNESCO, accompanying the Cathedral and other monuments of Seville as the Alcázar and the General Archive of the Indies.

In origin, the Giralda was the minaret from the Almohad mosque during the Muslim domination of Seville and has a twin tower in Marrakesh (Morocco). In Muslim times, 12th century were built the first two bodies of the Tower, which reached a height of 82 meters and became the tallest building in Europe. The upper body, with space for 24 bells, was already built in the 16th century under Christian domination, in order to place the Bell Tower. In 1568 was placed the Giraldillo, a weathervane of 3,47 meters that crowns the top of the spectacular belfry.

For the visitor, the Giralda Moorish Muslim is a spectacular vision that combines the architectural styles and Renaissance Christian in a building of 97.5 meters in height; the more high of Spain during centuries and of Seville until 2015, year in which ended the construction of it known as Tower Pelli.

In addition, its location next to the enormous and grandiose Cathedral, opposite the Plaza del Triunfo and the back of the Patio de los Naranjos, makes that one who observes it is lit from a spell transported to another time. A vision that, without a doubt, any visitor can stop enjoying.

Its 104.1 meters (counting the Giraldillo) they can be observed from almost all over the city, achieving a spectacular view from the nearby Patio de Banderas or the inside of the Reales Alcazares.

Entering the Giralda is included in the visit to the Cathedral and to get to the top it is necessary to raise its 35 ramps, so wide that they fit a horse. However, despite the arduous ascent, the views are second to none and compensates for having the city at their feet while the visitor provides excellent vision that comes before him, just enough spectacular Cathedral of Seville.

How to see the Giralda

Schedules to see the Giralda:

  • Monday: 11:00 to 15:30 (16:30 to 18:00 visit audioguiada free with advance booking. In Spanish and English)
  • Tuesday to Saturday: from 11:00 to 17:00
  • Sunday: from 14:30 to 18:00

Prices to see the Giralda:

  • General admission: €8
  • Reduced entrance * €4: pensioners / students under 26 years
  • Free admission *: natives or residents in the Diocese of Seville / under 16 accompanied by an adult / disabled and a companion / unemployed

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Cathedral of Seville
March 62016

The Cathedral of Seville, officially called the Cathedral of Santa Maria of the headquarters is the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral and is next to the Alcazar, the General Archive of the Indies and the Giralda, one of the monuments of the city that lies within the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The temple is located on the site of the former mosque of Seville Aljama, building that was demolished by the Christians to begin the construction of the Cathedral during the 15th century, work that would culminate not completely in 1.593. Thanks to the long period of construction, we can appreciate different architectural styles, mainly Renaissance and Gothic, as well as Muslim mudejar art in the Patio de los Naranjos (old courtyard of ablutions of the Mosque) and the Giralda (former minaret that makes Bell function).

The Cathedral of Seville is a spectacular temple where we can find countless surprises as the tomb of Cristóbal Colón, Fernando III el Santo or call big custody, officially Blessed Sacrament an imposing work of silver that procession through the streets of Seville every year to 60 days of Domingo de Resurrección.

In addition, inside the temple can be seen to chancel, choir, the chapel of the alabaster, the organ and the tomb of Cristóbal Colón. Its exterior highlights the cover of baptism, that of the assumption, the San Miguel and the of the Prince, and the Iglesia del Sagrario, which is a temple built into the Cathedral.

Next to your interior visit must not stroll through its surroundings, enjoying the spectacular view of its porticoes and the Coronations of its facades. The sense of showmanship from different angles will undoubtedly generate a unique memory in the minds of the visitors.

How to view the Cathedral of Seville

Schedules to see the Cathedral of Seville:

  • Winter opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11’00 h a 17’30 h; Sunday 14 ‘ 30 h a 18’30 h.
  • Summer (July and August): Monday to Saturday from 9’30 h a 16’30 h; Sunday 14 ‘ 30 h a 18’30 h.

Prices to see the Cathedral of Seville:

  • General admission: €8.
  • Reduced input * €2: pensioners and students up to 25 years.
  • Free admission *: natives or residents in the Diocese of Seville, children under 15 years accompanied by an adult, disabled and a companion, and unemployed.

* Proving it through official document.

For more information consult the website of the Cathedral in

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General Archive of the Indies
March 12016

The General Archive of the Indies is located next to the Alcazar, the Giralda and the Cathedral of Seville, one of the heritage buildings recognized by UNESCO in Seville.

Promoted by Carlos III in 1785, its function was to unify the administration of the Spanish colonies in a single space since until then had archives in Simancas, Cádiz and Seville.

However, the construction of the building dates back to the reign of Felipe II, beginning in the year 1584. During this period it was well known as the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes of Seville the and was built since traders started their business around the Cathedral. In the days of rain, the market took place in the cathedral which led to the Council to build the columns with strings which still remain today.

Refurbished in 2008, the archive has more than 9 kilometers of shelves where they safe 43,000 files with 80 million pages and some 8,000 maps related to economic, social, political, religious, artistic history… of Spanish authorities in America and the Philippines.

For visitors who love history it is, without doubt, a unique space where to enjoy a heritage of incalculable value.

How to see the General Archive of the Indies?

Timetable for General Archive of the Indies:


  • Winter (16/09 – 15/06): Mon-Fri 8:00 to 15:00
  • Summer (16/06 – 15/09): Mon-Fri 8:00 to 14:30 pm

Prices to view the General Archive of the Indies:

  • Free entrance.

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The Maestranza bullring

The Maestranza bullring

Bullring in Seville

February 212016

The bullring of The Real Maestranza of Cavalry of Seville is the seat of the bullfights that take place in Seville. This is a spectacular and singular building that should be aware of the tourists that visit the city.

Bullring of original Seville was built in wood and dates back to the year 1,733, making it one of the oldest in Spain, in addition to being the first circular-shaped.

For lovers of bullfighting the Maestranza is considered square most important and largest bullfighting tradition of Spain, popularly nicknamed as the “Cathedral of el Toreo”. On the outskirts of the square, visitors can find statues dedicated to the Sevillian bullfighters who have triumphed over, highlighting the one dedicated to the torero Curro Romero.

In addition, the Maestranza has bullfighting Museum and a specialized library.

On the other hand, the bullring is owned by a Nobiliara Corporation, a group of aristocrats knights who carry out multiple activities of charity and social, of promoting support for bullfighting and Equestrian art.

The Maestranza bullfighting Museum

In the year 1989 was inaugurated on the outskirts of the square the Museo Taurino of the Real Maestranza de Caballeria. Those who visit it can find a fantastic journey through the history of bullfighting in the form of posters, paintings, costumes and lights, sculptures…

Should you wish to visit the Museum in group required that you fill out a form on this website.

How to view the Maestranza

Timetable to see the The Maestranza:

  • From 01 may to 31 may from Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 20:00
  • From the 01 nov to April 30 from Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 19:00
  • The 01 Oct to 31 oct from Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 20:00
  • From jun 01 to sep 30 from Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 23:00

Prices for The Maestranza:

  • General: €7
  • Reduced: € 4
  • Children: €3

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The Golden Tower

The Golden Tower

Maritime Museum

February 182016

The Golden Tower in Seville is a tower that served for centuries defensive in the city.

36 meters high, the first body of the three that compose it dates back to the year 1220, when the Almohad Governor of Seville ordered its construction. The second was during the 14th century, by order of King Pedro I the cruel. The third body, cylindrical to difference of from the other two dodecagonales, was built in 1760.

The Tower of gold has come close to disappearing on several occasions and has been thanks to the defense that she made the people of Seville which has reached our days. This was the case after the fatal earthquake in Lisbon in 1760 in which was so pitiful state proposed its demolition. Or during the revolution of 1968, where revolutionaries sold parts of the wall to be financed. In both cases it was the fierce opposition of the inhabitants of the city.

In addition to have been built in three stages, the Torre del Oro has been restored in many occasions, being the last in 2005, so it presents an unbeatable State. After being a defensive Tower and prison, it houses the Maritime Museum of Seville from the year 1944. In the Museum the visitor can enjoy ancient letters of navigation, scale models, maritime or recorded instruments.

The name of Torre del Oro is identified with the popular belief that it was the building in charge of storing the gold brought from America. However this is false since the denomination is above, Muslim, and is due to the glow reflecting on the river due to coating of lime and pressed straw.

How to see the Tower of gold

Schedules to see the Tower of gold:

  • Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 19:00 h.
  • Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 to 19:00 h.
  • Public holidays, closed.

Prices to see the Tower of gold:

  • Adults: €3
  • Children from 6 years, students and retired people accredited: €1,50
  • Monday the visit is free.

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Spain’s Seville square is one of the most representative of the city Seville monuments since its beauty has led her to be part of the backdrop for movies such as Star Wars Episode II, Lawrence of Arabia, the wind and the lion, or the dictator and the likes of game of Thrones series. The work of the architect Aníbal González was planned as the culmination to the Ibero-American exposition of 1929 which held the city.

The semicircular complex is virtually surrounded by María Luisa Park, so it is easier to enjoy a walk through the huge square without buildings or vehicles in the alerrededores. Visitors can find a channel that runs along the Plaza of Spain, whose course follows a one series of tiles with all the Spanish provinces. When you enter from the main entrance you will discover a spectacular view with an imposing fountain opposite the main building, flanked by galleries that follow the line of a water channel with three bridges, until you reach the lateral towers, while leaving behind Yes Grand María Luisa Park.

If the visitor walks bordering the channel you can enjoy the most exquisite tiles topped by busts of illustrious Spanish.

History of Spain’s square

The idea of the construction of the Plaza of Spain begins on a date as early as 1911, year in which the contest was filed. However, his work did not begin until 1914.

It was a pharaonic project, which came to work 1000 workers at the same time, in addition to the participation of other professionals of renown as Luis José of Casso and Aurelio Gómez Millán.

The majestic building is inaugurated after more than one decade of work in 1928. The beauty of the work, once finished, was such that impressed itself King Alfonso XIII, who was also very attentive to the progress of the works.

In the central hall of the Plaza of Spain were the headquarters of the captaincy General of the military region South (II), of greater importance within the Peninsula.

As main and most emblematic of the Ibero-American exposition of 1929 building hosted the opening ceremony. Also worth mentioning, that being the headquarters of captaincy, it is the place where every January 6 is celebrated the Easter military parade.

Other uses of the square of Spain

In addition to housing the headquarters of captaincy, Plaza of Spain houses other institutions in their different pavilions such as the delegation of the Government, the military museum and the Guadalquivir hydrographic Confederation.

How to view the square of Spain

Schedules of the Plaza of Spain

  • Monday to Sunday from 9:00 to 22:00.

Prices to see the Plaza of Spain

  • Free and open access.

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