When you talk about the beauties of Andalucia, you think in the same time at Seville, which is its heart. One of the most respresentative monument in this joyfull city is Real Alcazar. This extensive complex embodies a series of palatial rooms and spaces in various styles and from various ages. The front towers and walls constitute the oldest surviving section, dating from AD 913 and built by the Emir of Córdoba, Abd el-Rahman III, most likely on the ruins of Roman barracks. A succession of caliphs added their dazzling architectural statements over the ensuing centuries. Then came the Christian kings, particularly Pedro I the Cruel (or the Just) in the 14th century, and finally the rather perfunctory 16th-century apartments of Carlos V. Much of the structure underwent major modifications as recently as the 18th.
Important to know: The Alcázar has a flow-control entry system whereby limited numbers of people are allowed in every half hour To avoid long waits, visit at off-peak times.
10 Reasons to visit Real Alcazar of Seville
1. Puerta del Leon
The entrance gate into the first courtyard is flanked by original Almohad walls. Note the Gothic and Arabic inscriptions on the interior façade.
2. Sala de la Justicia
Here and in adjacent halls and courts is some of the purest Mudejar art to be found, commissioned by Alfonso XI of Castile around 1330 and executed by craftsmen from Granada. The starshaped coffered ceiling and fine plasterwork are quite exquisite.
3. Patio del Yeso
The secluded Court of Plaster, greatly restored, is one of the few remnants of the 12th-century palace. The delicate stucco work features scalloped arches and is set off by a shady garden with water channels.
4. Patio de la Monteria
The Hunting Courtyard has 14th-century Mudéjar decorative work a perfect synthesis of differing cultural influences.
5. Casa de la Contratacion
These halls are where Fernando and Isabel met with the explorers of the New World.
6. Patio de las Doncellas
The Court of the Maidens commemorates the annual tribute of 100 virgins delivered to the Moorish rulers by the Christians. The azulejos (tiles) are fine examples of Granada craftsmanship.
7. Salón de Embajadores
The most brilliant room in the |j| entire Alcázar. Its crowning glory is the dazzling dome of carved, painted and gilded wood, inscribed in Arabic as having been constructed by craftsmen from Toledo and completed in 1366.
8. Patio de las Muñecas
The intimate Court of the Dolls was the living room of the palace and is named after two faces carved into the base of one of the arches.
9. Palacio Gotico