21 December 2019

My Fourth Visit to Spain: Real Alcázar de Sevilla

There's two major attractions in Seville: the Cathedral and the Real Alcázar. Unfortunately, for some reason our schedules didn't work out with the cathedral: when it was open we were somewhere else, or we thought the queue was too long. And when we had time or patience, it was closed, due to an event. However, we definitely had a blocker to see the Real Alcázar, the royal palace in Seville.

This palace was built for Peter of Castille. There used to be a Muslim residential fortress on the site, but this fortress was destroyed during the Christian conquest of Seville. This palace replaced the fortress, and is a prime example of Mudejar architecture.

The Real Alcázar can be accessed via the Puerta del Leon, and if you follow the audioguide, then you'll slowly explore every nook and cranny of it. The first thing you'd encounter is the Sala de la Justicia, which features a Mudejar ceiling. This room, shown in the photos I have above, was built in 1340.

One sees several patios and plazas afterwards, including the Patio del Yeso, and Patio de la Monteria. The Patio del Yeso is actually part of the original 12th-century Almohad palace.

And then I stumbled upon the Patio de las Doncellas, as shown by the photos above. This is definitely a very pretty courtyard.

Perhaps the most spectacular room in the entire complex is the Salon de Embajadores. The ceiling is just superb and very much eye-catching. The room was originally a throne room for Pedro I, but the amazing wooden dome with the star patterns which symbolise the universe was later added in 1427.

There's plenty more of rooms that have Moorish designs. I can definitely say that you could easily visit Andalusia to check out Moorish architecture if you want a cleaner version of it, without going to Morocco.

The last thing I am showing here are the Baños de María de Padilla, which are underground pools. They're actually the vaults that are found underneath the garden.

After spending several hours in the morning, we slowly made our way out. This was a fabulous visit, and something I would absolutely recommend.

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