As promised, here is the 2nd part of the “a word a week photo challenge, Arches” with another magnificent monument of historical and cultural complex of architectural styles – the Real Alcazar of Seville or the Royal Palace of Seville, a UNESCO heritage site.
In 1364, after the Reconquista – the reconquest of Moorish Spain by Christians – King Pedro I commissioned the construction of a new palace, the Palacio Pedro I, at the site of the Al-Muwarak. Craftsmen from across Andalusia created a magnificent interior in Mudéjar style, arranged around a number of patios. Over the years, other monarchs kept expanding the palace, resulting in a diverse complex with different architectural styles. The top floor of the palace is still actively used by the Royal Family.
Wandering between the courtyards, elaborately tiled chambers and sculpted gardens of the Alcazar, I lost the others of my group. I ended up having a good time by this opportunity given, to enjoy the elaborate and intricate craftsmanship on my own, clicking away with my Iphone, not to miss out on the marvellous mosaics, carvings and paintings. While in the Muslim cultured Alhambra (Granada) the inscriptions on the walls were Arabic and had Islamic symbols, here in Seville, the symbols were of Christian or Spanish tradition, inspired and integrated into the Moorisch mosaics etc,
Here,I am presenting the pictures of our tour of the palace to you. If you are looking for a short cultural and sightseeing trip in autumn or spring (not Easter time!), Seville and its complex of palaces is highly recommended!
The palace can be entered from the Plaza del Triunfo through the Puerta del León or Lion’s Gate. Once inside, follow the different pathways through the Palacios and Patios, decorated in different styles of times. The facade of the Palacio Pedro I is decorated in the Mudéjar style with lobed arched windows and blind arches.
Entrance from the Plaza del Triunfo
Patio de las Doncellas
Once inside, you arrive into the Patio de las Doncellas, the main courtyard of the palace. This was the center of public life in the palace of Pedro I.
The Hall of the Embassadors
This was used for ceremonial events. It is the most magnificent part of the palatial complex. Intricately decorated archways with horseshoe arches give access to the hall which is covered with a stunning dome, Dome of the Embassadors Hall.
Last but not least: Gardens of the Real Alcazar
Have you been to Seville?
Which part of Andalusia appealed to you the most?
Did you plan a trip with friends?
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