The Torre del Oro or the Gold Tower, is a dodecagonal military watchtower in Seville, built by the Almohad dynasty in order to control access to Seville via the Guadalquivir river.

Constructed in the first third of the 13th century, at the end of the Moslem period, the tower served as a prison during the Middle Ages. Its name comes from the golden shine it projected on the river, due to its building materials it can be seen from kilometres away.

The tower is divided into three levels, the third (upper level) was added in 1769 with a circular shape.

The legend that the tower was a storehouse for the gold and silver brought from America is completely false.

Nowadays the museum displays a variety of old navigational instruments and models, as well as historical documents, engravings, and nautical charts, relating Seville to the Guadalquivir River and the sea. The tower was again restored in 2005.

opening Hours:

From Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 to 18:45 hours

Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 to 18;45 hours

Rates:    General 3 euros.

Reduced 1.5 euros.

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