alcázar

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The Alcázar of Seville is a collection of royal buildings surrounded by a wall.  A result of an exquisite blend of Moorish and Christian influence known as the Mudéjar style.  The Alcázar marked one of history´s architectural high-points. It has been the center of  power and a royal residence for more than a thousand years and has been declared  UNESCO World Heritage.

Patio de la Montería

The entrance of the complex is through the Puerta de Leon, where you find the Patio del Leon ( Lion Patio ), it was the boundary between the city and the palace, and was once used as a theater . Next you can find the Patio of the Monteria. One side is the main facade of the palace of Don Pedro el Cruel. It was built in 1364 and enlarged in the 16th and 17th centuries. It is carved with both Arabic and Gothic inscriptions.

Palacio de Don Pedro

Also called Palacio Mudéjar is possibly the most stunning architectural feature in Seville. The main part of the palace would be the Patio of the Doncellas (Patio of the Maidens) surrounded by beautiful arches. The walls are covered with fine vegetable motive decorations and tiles from the 16th century of Mudéjar style. According to the Arab tradition this courtyard held public events and ceremonies.

Salón de Embajadores

At the western end of the Patio de las Doncellas you find the Salon de los Embajadores (Hall of Ambassadors), the throne room of Pedro I.  A fabulous wooden dome of multiple star pattern, symbolizing the universe was added in 1427.

Patio de las Muñecas (Patio of the Dolls)

The heart of the palace’s private quarters, the place of intimacy, is exquisitely elegant.  Featuring a delicate Granada-Style decoration, in fact, the plaster-work was actually brought here from the Alhambra in the 19th century when the mezzanine and the top gallery were added for Queen Isabel II. The columns date back to the calipha times, without a doubt they came from the devastated palace of Medina Azahara in Cordoba. It gets it name Muñecas (Dolls) from the female heads on the top of the columns.

Jardines (gardens)

Next to the palaces you can see a series of small gardens , some with pools and fountains. You can soak up the aromas of fresh foliage as the breeze floats through them. From one of the gardens, the Jardin de las Danzas  (Garden of the Dances),there is a passage which runs beneath the Salones de Carlos V to the Baños de Doña Maria de Padilla (Maria Padilla Baths).

Opening Hours:      – From October to March  from 9:30 to 17:00 hours (Monday from 16:00 to 17:00 hours free entrance).

-From April to September from 9:30 to 19:00 hours (Monday from 18:00 to 19:00 free entrance)

Rates :  General 9,50 euros

Reduced 2,00 euros

Phone: +34 – 954 502 323

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