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Royal Alcazar of Seville

Royal Alcazar of Seville

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.

 Hotel near the Alcazar of Seville

You can book your hotel or apartment in the Centre of Sevilla, next to the Alcazar. If you stay in this area you will enjoy amazing views and you’re just minutes away from the whole historical and heritage of the city.

  • Author: Ana de Pineda Peñuela
  • Date Posted: Apr 15, 2016
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  • Address: Patio de Banderas s/n, Sevilla