Welcome to a world of orange trees and tiles…also known as the Real Alcazar.
The royal palace of Seville was technically built by Castilian Christians for King Peter of Castile. However, that only explains a part of the palace’s story. The centerpiece of the U-shaped building dates back to the Moors, and is a primary example of Mudejar architecture.
Flanked on either side by “newer” construction, built during the 13th and 16th centuries.
During school, we all learned the famous rhyme: “In Fourteen Hundred Ninety-Two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” But, did you know that it was in the Admiral’s Hall of this amazing Seville palace that Columbus was received by Queen Isabella after his second voyage to the New World in 1496?
As the room has remained relatively intact, one can easily imagine them greeting each other in these opulent surroundings. Just look at that ceiling!
Moving on from the Moors, you’ll wind your way through scalloped archways,
Past colorful tiles,
And innumerable courtyards filled with orange trees.
Eventually, you’ll wind your way out to the gardens, and the home of the Royal Alcazar peacocks.
Spend a few hours strolling around. The grounds have a unique combination of tropical trees and bushes, mixed in with the type of perfectly trimmed hedges common in great British gardens.
Go ahead and have a romp around.
The Real Alcazar is one of the best places in the world to spend an afternoon. That’s probably why UNESCO named it a World Heritage in 1987. And that’s also the reason why, when you go, you need to book a tour or tickets in advance.
After all, you wouldn’t want to miss the chance to wander around a phenomenal world site while wearing a giant earpiece!