The Royal Dockyards of Seville was a medieval shipyard which in the Modern Age played an important role as the Port of the Indies. The warehouses which survived intact from the medieval epoch were those which happened to be the head offices of the Arsenal of Artillery of the city.
The dockyards were constructed shortly after the defeat of the Muslims (1248) by Fernando III of Castilla, when his son, Alfonso X, decided Seville needed dockyards in order to build ships. The dockyards were built in 1252 on land outside the walled part of the city, near the Guadalquivir, in an area between the Torre del Oro, The Tower of Silver and the Puertas del Carbon and the Postigo del Aceite.
They built 17 enormous brick warehouses, perpendicular to the Guadalquivir and in front of the Almohad wall of the city.
Architecturally it is a huge gothic and mudejar brick construction, where you can see the Moorish art influence found in other important medieval buildings in Seville. The great dimensions are amazing. The long, wide and attached warehouses, covered by large, ridged domes were quite appropriate for the construction of the ships of that time. The warehouses communicate laterally through thick arches, facing one another and they are very beautifully designed.
Throughout its history the Real Dockyards have suffered important reforms, at present only seven of those first seventeen original warehouses remain. The first transformation was carried out in the year 1641 with the construction of the Hospital of the Charity and its church, using five warehouses to build the hospital. The second one, of much major impact, is the current site of the Delegation of Treasury Department.
From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 14:00 and then 18:00 to 20:00 hours.
From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 14:00 and then 16:00 to 18:00 hours.