InFocus: Alcázar of Seville [Sevilla, Spain]
InFocus: Alcázar of Seville
The Alcázar of Seville Real Alcázar de Sevilla is a collection of royal palaces spanning different epochs and its surrounding fortress walls. It is a stunning collection of architecture with Mudejar, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque influences and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Built in the Mudéjar style in the 11th century, the original palace was largely converted by the Christian King Alfonso XI into a Gothic one. Between 1364 and 1366 King Pedro oversaw the construction of a new Mudéjar palace, the Palacio de Don Pedro which is one the most stunning buildings in all of Spain.
Highlights in the Palacio de Don Pedro include the Salón de Embajadores (Ambassadors’ Hall) which is beautifully decorated with plasterwork and tiles, the 16th century coffered staircase adorned with paintings by Roelas and Madrazo and the exquisite Patio de las Doncellas (Maiden’s patio).
In the spacious and luxurious gardens the Jardines de Mercurio (Mercury’s gardens), with its beautiful gallery and lake, are a real treat.
Address: Patio de Banderas, s/n
Opening Times: Oct – Mar: Mon – Sun: 9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Apr – Sept: Mon – Sun: 9.30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Price: General admission: 8,75 € Pensioners & Students: 2 €, Apr – Sept: Mon: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Oct – Mar: Mon: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Free
Gallery (click to enlarge)
written by: Jon