Kathleen had booked us at a great hotel
near the river. Next morning, our objective was to see
the star attraction in town which is the Alcazar. Much
to our surprise, it was raining when we decided to head
out. Steve wanted a down day, so he stayed
behind as Kathleen and I headed out. Aside
from the obvious implications, the rain caused chaos
in the transport system. The sidewalks were
very slick because the stones had been polished by
the soles of hundreds of thousands of feet traveling
The photos below are what we saw.
Because it was raining, we
decided to taxi to the Alcazar. When we arrived there
was a large line waiting for tickets. Fortunately, we
had purchased tickets online and we admitted
immediately. Above is the entry way into the inner
courtyard of the Alcazar.
The Alcazar (Arabic name
for castle or fortress) was built by the Moors during their
occupation of Spain that started in the 8th century. The
majority of the architectural influences were Moorish.
Later, in the 11th century, Seville was reclaimed by the
Christians and the architecture of the newer portion of the
structure reflect that change in ownership. The Moors
were really good at detailed, intricate carvings into
alabaster and wood. The photo above is a carving on a
A slightly different
pattern but just as intricate.
An early side courtyard
with a pool. Note the two different style arches.
On the left and right side of the pool.
Deeper into the building
we came upon another courtyard. This area is
newer. The Alcazar is old enough that it show influences
from 3 Arabic architecture styles as well as the Gothic
These designs were high
upon a bell tower.
under an archway, I spotted these excellent carvings.
The walls of the earlier
portions of the Alcazar had tile floors, different tile walls
and alabaster carvings. The Moors were big into
This is a deeply carved
wood ceiling in one of the chambers. Note the interlaced
Exquisite mosaic tile in
This portion of the
structure was 2 levels, another portion had 3 levels, with a
Astounding detail in the
carvings and it went on and on room after room.
This is the ceiling cupola
in the main chamber with tile and carved wood.
This whole wall was
covered with detail alabaster carvings.
These carvings had subtle
color areas. Note the interlocking design on the wood
inlay in the ceiling.
The amount of time and
effort required to produce something like this is remarkable.
This chamber had tile
mosaic on the floor.
While some weathering is
apparent, this arch shows a different style of carving with
the interlaced geometrical patterns.
A carved and inlaid wooden
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