Real Alcazar of Seville
15/03/2019 0 Comments
The Real Alcazar in Seville is a walled complex of palaces whose origin dates back to the early Middle Ages. Since then, the monuments have lived many times in history and has been remodeled several times, hence it can be seen traces of Islamic, Moorish and even Gothic and Baroque art. The beauty of this monument lies not only in its palaces, its gardens are known for their beauty and botanical variety. In addition, the Real Alcazar of Seville is commonly used as accommodation of the Spanish Royal Family and heads of state when they visit Sevilla and is currently the oldest active royal palace in Europe. For these and many other reasons, the Real Alcazar was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 along with the Cathedral and the Archivo de Indias. History of Real Alcázar de Sevilla The Real Alcazar in Seville has its origin in an ancient Roman settlement called Hispalis, in time of the Goths, during the Middle Ages. Its construction was initiated by the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Rahman III, it was then that began to take shape palatial fortress, and began as an enclosure of quadrangular shape, stone walls and located at one end of the city. The areas built in this period are the same age as the Alhambra in Granada, hence entering you can appreciate many similarities. Then the monument has been living numerous historical periods that are reflected in the large palace complex. Once the Caliphate of Córdoba is finished, the Palace passed to the Almoravids Emirs and Islamic in its last stage of the Almohad. Thus, half of the thirteenth century the Alcazar were already a large walled palace complex with lots of artworks of different styles. In 1248 Fernando III conquered Seville and the monument became a Royal Palace, status that remains today. That's when start a new stage for the Alcazar full of additions made mostly by Alfonso X, who had built for example the Gothic Palace and maintained the original structures of other buildings. It was not until 1364, with the arrival of Pedro I, when the Mudejar Palace, one of the most spectacular spaces, would be built. However, Renaissance details of the Real Alcazar come mostly from reforms during the sixteenth century under the reign of the Catholic Monarchs and still continue the extensions and changes during the following centuries. What to see in the Alcazar in Seville Real Alcázar of Seville The Alcazar has many points of great interest that can not be overlooked during a visit, either guided or free. If you visit this monument, there are some spaces that you must pay greater attention and we tell you in this post. For example, in the Patio de la Monteria which it is opposite the entrance, highlight the Moorish facade of the Palace of Pedro I and the side gallery. Also near the entrance, on the left, are the Hall of Justice (or councils), with a spectacular wooden ceiling of Mudejar style. Then you can go through the Patio del Yeso, one of the remaining vestiges of the Almohad period where stands an arcaded side with decor that is not indifferent to any visitor. One point of interest in the Alcázar of Seville is the Mudejar Palace (or Peter I). The heart of this area is the magnificent Courtyard of the maidens surrounded by two levels lobed arches on marble columns and crossed by a beautiful pool. One of the main rooms that surround this magestruoso courtyard is the Bedchamber, with three horseshoe arches with incredible Moorish decor. Another of the most famous rooms is the Hall of Ambassadors with an impressive dome built by Diego Ruiz 1427. As for its Gothic era of the Alcazar, there are two rooms: The Room of the Vaults, decorated with Renaissance and Mannerist style, and the Tapestry Room with its huge Flemish tapestries. And once I visit the art and architecture of this palace complex, the perfect plan is to rest in the beautiful gardens of the Alcazar, whose beauty, uniqueness and give extension to complete another visit. Once there you can not miss the Mercury pond, with the Gallery of the Grotesque, the Garden of the Dance (or checkers) and the small Pavilion Carlos V. If you see all this carefully, you've done a productive visit to Alcazar of Seville, but has much more history and places to enjoy. If you want more details during the visit, there are plenty of tours to this monument and audio guides. You can check all the information on the official website of Alcázar of Seville. How to visit the Real Alcazar in Seville The Alcazar is one of those monuments that you can not miss if you travel to Sevilla. In addition, if you are on a tight budget, you can visit for free on Mondays. Reaching this monument is simple, as it is located in the historic heart of the city. Access is through the patio de Banderas found in the Plaza del Triunfo, near the Cathedral, the Giralda and the Archives of the Indies. Also, if you want a unique experience, you can make nocturnal visits to the Alcazar of Seville which can be accessed through the Lion's Gate. In this link you can check the timetables and prices. Real Alcazar schedule From October to March: Monday to Sunday from 9:30 to 17:00 h. From April to September: Monday to Sunday from 9:30 to 19:00 h. Closed: 1 and 6 January, Good Friday and December 25th. Prices Free from April to September, every Monday from 18:00 to 19:00 h. Free from October to March, every Monday from 16:00 to 17:00 h. General: € 8.75 Pensioners and students 17-25 years (inclusive): 2 € (crediting at the box office) (Disabled, under 16 and for those born or resident in Seville city): Free (crediting at the box office).