Sevilla: The Grand Alcázar

Hi, all!

We’re still here with our posts about Sevilla, and this time we’re about to tell you how fine our second day was.

It all started with waking up early to the winter morning cold in an old apartment. We then had breakfast in the apartment as well before starting our trip to the Alcázar of Sevilla just next door to where we stayed (to read about how we arrived in Sevilla, where we stayed, and the things we discovered during our first day, click here and here).

Detail of a patio inside the palace.
Detail of a patio inside the palace.

The Alcázar of Sevilla is the royal palace that was originally developed by the Moorish kings of Spain. Up until today, it is still used by the royal family as their Sevilla residence. It is also registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The main gate: Puerta del León.
The main gate: Puerta del León.

Being a royal palace that was built during the Islamic reign, you will find Islamic architecture dominating the compound. Among the characteristics were geometric patterns in various shapes and sizes (as ceramic tiles, as partitions, as facade exterior decorations, etc). Mirroring Moorish architecture, you will find a lot of inner patios. These patios usually serve as gardens or as social places.

Our best advice for you while being here is to first look up the history of the palace. And while there, you should pay attention to the exquisite architectural details! ❤

Exteriors you'll find upon entering the palace grounds.
Exteriors you’ll find upon entering the palace grounds.
The facade that you will see upon entering the grounds of the palace.
From another perspective.
The door leading to the Courtyard of the Maidens.
The door leading to the Courtyard of the Maidens.
The courtyard of the maidens
The courtyard of the maidens
One of the interiors, showcasing a very European decoration compared to its exteriors.
One of the interiors, showcasing a very European decoration compared to its exteriors.
A detail on the wall, featuring the word "Allah"
A detail on the wall, featuring the word “Allah”.
As gardens surrounds the buildings and gardens fill the patios, we found a lot of windows and had fun taking silhouette pictures.
As gardens surround the buildings and gardens fill the patios, we found a lot of windows and had fun taking silhouette pictures.

As the Moorish’s homeland was a dry and hot place, they try to grow gardens wherever they live. And that includes Sevilla. A lot of gardens were set up, adjoining or becoming part of the palace.

A particular place to look out for is the Alcázar gardens: a vast area where orchids, oranges, and other sorts of exotic and local plants grow. A big fountain plays an important part at the garden, and as you stroll around its labyrinth-like layout, you will find peacocks roaming the gardens (mind that you can’t touch them!). The palace rooms look out to the gardens, and my how would I enjoy the view 😀

(PS: you might find these gardens familiar, as they were the shooting location of Game of Thrones Season 5. Yes, I’m talking about House Martell)

Mercury's Pool
Mercury’s Pool
The palace, as seen from the gardens.
The palace, as seen from the gardens.

Our second day didn’t just end with the palace. Stay tuned 🙂

Love,

San

Alcázar de Sevilla

Open everyday except January 1, January 6, Easter holiday, and December 25.

09:30 – 17:00 (Oct-Mar), 09:30 – 19:00 (Apr – Sept)

Tickets: 9.50€ (normal), 2€ (students until 25 years), free (disabled, younger than 16 years, and residents of Sevilla capital)

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