Reales Alcázares de Sevilla
S/N Plaza Triunfo, Sevilla, Spain
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Reales Alcázares de Sevilla Reviews
Alcazar in Sevilla Oct 10, 2011
The alcazar in Seville is a fascinating mix of Christian and Islamic architectural styles. The palace is well worth a trip, especially if you can't get to Granada.
The Alcazar is next to the Cathedral, hiding behind heavy walls and surrounded by beautiful gardens. Entrance is through a series of courtyards into the palace itself.
The architectural details are dizzying. Each door and ceiling seem more beautiful than the last, with carved Islamic patterns and pointed arches giving way to Christian Era coats of arms and Romanesque arches. The ground floor of the palace is largely Islamic Caliphate era, with more Christianised touches, chapels and tapestries upstairs. Like many palaces of the Caliphate, the rooms are designed to be open and cool, with lots of gorgeous little patios with fountains and plants to keep the air bearable. Famous patios include the patio of the maidens, one of the loveliest, which is named after alleged (and entirely fictional) demands for maidens that the Catholics claimed the Caliph made. I was also fascinated by some of the tapestries of old maps near the chapel.
The palace is also a bit of a maze, with many rooms that don't seem to open out where you'd expect them to. Granted, I was also heat-sick, but it was still tricky to get my bearings sometimes. You should allow plenty of time to explore the palace properly.
There is, of course, a cafe and a gift shop. Disabled access would be possible to many places on the ground floor, but might be hard to the gardens and upstairs areas.
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