The Alcázar of Sevilla after a Week & a Half of Thinking.

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 After a week & ½ to think about it I am still at a loss for words;  In⋅de⋅scrib⋅a⋅ble-adjective-not describable; too extraordinary for description: a scene of indescribable beauty; indescribable euphoric day spent at The Alcázar of Sevilla. The following information is pretty standard & can be found in any reference book you look at.  It falls far short of doing justice to a great day spent at The Alcazar of Sevilla.
A 5 minute walk from Casa de Tuga is the Alcázar of Seville Alcázares Reales de Sevilla” or “Royal Alcazars of Seville” a royal palace in Seville that was originally a Moorish fort. The Almohades were the first to start construction on what was called Al-Muwarak, on the grounds of what is now known as the Alcázar.  The  Alcázar is one of the best examples of mudéjar architecture left in the world.
The Alcázar of Sevilla

The palace is arranged in blocks on three sides around a rectangular court, entered through the remains of an Almohad wall with arched openings. The block opposite the entrance has a façade ornamented with blind interlacing polylobed arcades.
Though the Islamicizing Print of the Alcázar is traditionally attributed to the work of Old School Muslim craftsmen sent from Granada, it is not clear that the visual language created by the Nasrids at the Alhambra was only executed by Muslim craftsmen. The existence of churches, monasteries, and synagogues on the Iberian Peninsula that uses this style suggests that such forms were widely appropriated by non-Muslim patrons and craftsmen who were able & trained to work in this popular idiom.
The Alcázar of Sevilla

Patio de las Doncellas before being renovated to historic arrangement the English name for this section is "The Courtyard of the Maidens."  The name refers to the legend that the Moors demanded 100 virgins every year as tribute from Christian kingdoms in Iberia. The story of the tribute may have been used as a myth to bolster the Reconquista movement, but it may have had some truth to it in the sexual abuse of Christian women by the powerful Moors.
The lower level of the Patio was built for Pedro I (Pedro da Player) and includes inscriptions describing Pedro as a "sultan." Various lavish reception rooms are located on the sides of the Patio. In the center is a large, rectangular reflecting pool with sunken gardens on either side. For many years, the courtyard was entirely paved in marble with a fountain in the center.
The Alcázar of Sevilla
However, historical evidence showed the gardens and the reflecting pool were the original design and this arrangement was restored.
The upper story of the Patio was an addition made by Charles V. The addition was designed by Luis de Vega in the style of the Italian Renaissance although he did include both Renaissance and mudéjar plaster work in the decorations. Construction of the addition began in 1540 and ended in 1572.
Los Baños de Doña María de PadillaThe "Baths of Lady María de Padilla" are rainwater tanks beneath the Patio del Crucero. The tanks are named after María de Padilla, the mistress of Pedro the Cruel. Supposedly, Pedro fell for María and had her husband killed. María resisted his advances and poured boiling oil over her face to disfigure herself to stop Pedro's pursuit.
She became a nun and moved to a convent afterwards. She is regarded as a symbol of purity in the culture of Seville.
The Casa de ContrataciĂłn (House of Trade) lies off the la Monteria. It was built in 1503 by the Spanish Monarchs to regulate trade with the New World colonies. The Casa dealt with trade related legal disputes on trade with the Americas. The "Casa" includes a chapel where Colombus met with Ferdinand and Isabella after his second voyage.
 The Patio de las Doncellas is surrounded by luxurious rectangular reception halls ornamented with carved wood doors, ceilings, and polychrome glazed tile dados - all of which visually connect the Alcázar to the contemporary Nasrid palaces of the Alhambra. Paved with white marble, the Patio de las Doncellas has a large central fountain and is surrounded by an arcade ornamented with elaborately carved stucco.
The Alcázar of Sevilla
Arabic inscriptions referring to Pedro I as "sultan" are found throughout the courtyard and palace, carved in stucco and in wood.
The Patio de las Muñecas (Court of the Dolls) is a smaller, though richly ornamented, interior courtyard located southeast of the Patio de las Doncellas, but still within the palace block north of the entrance court.
The block on the west side of the entrance courtyard contains the square, vaulted Hall of Justice. The interior of the Hall opens onto the Patio del Yesso (Court of Stucco), whose name refers to the court's decoration in carved stucco. The two spaces are connected by water - a shallow fountain basin in the Hall's pavement flows into the pool of the Patio del Yesso along a shallow channel, much like the pavilion water features in the Alhambra's Court of the Lions.
The Alcázar of Sevilla
Though the Islamicizing appearance of the Alcázar is traditionally attributed to the work of Muslim craftsmen sent from Granada, it is not clear that the visual language created by the Nasrids at the Alhambra was only executed by Muslim craftsmen.

OSB Tip-Take along extra sets of batteries & allow lots of time as this one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.
yjc513 says:
Awesome!! Thank you!! Going in August and will make it a point to visit!!
Posted on: Jul 20, 2011
Dr_Seuss says:
Cool, will definately head for here
Posted on: Nov 22, 2009
babyaly1 says:
I loved seeing this !! It was so beautiful ! I wish I had more time to wander all the gardens
Posted on: May 17, 2009
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