Alcázar de Sevilla

Saturday, April 02, 2016

After taking an overnight train from Lisbon into Spain to pick up a rental car, the first city we drove to was Seville. It's the fourth largest city in Spain, located near the Southern border between the two countries. I've always loved Moorish and Islamic architecture, so, as you'll be able to tell from my next couple posts, this part of Spain, from the food to the sights, was my favorite out of all places I've been in Europe.

The palace, or Alcázar, was originally a fort, founded in 913. Over the next 11 centuries of its existence, it was expanded and reconstructed into a palace of varying styles of architecture - Moorish, Gothic, and Renaissance. Today, it's the oldest palace still in use in Europe as the place where Juan Carlos I of Spain and his family stay when they visit Sevilla. You may recognize this beautiful palace as one of the locations shot in the fifth season of Game of Thrones. I am one of those rare people who haven't watched that show. It was Eileen who pointed it out to me! So I was wowed more by the colors, attention to detail, materials of construction, and overall beauty. And UNESCO agrees, recognizing the place as a World Heritage Site in 1987. My favorite, and what the place is best known for, was El Patio de Las Doncellas (The Patio of the Maidens). It's such a quiet and peaceful place with symmetry and ornate details on point, fit for royalty for sure.

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  1. thanks for getting me a lil polaroid for this place <3 <3 <3 #dorne

  2. These are lovely photos! You have added yet another place I would like to see in my travels :)

    1. Thank you! Definitely visit it when you get a chance. It's very much worth the plane ticket!