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
Hotel near the Giralda in Seville
There is no better place lujar to find accommodation in the city of Seville that close to the Giralda and the Cathedral. You’ll be in the heart of the city and close to all the important monuments and attractions. In addition, you can enjoy all the atmosphere and the best gastronomy of Seville.