Seville: Day 4

On Sunday, October 30 we were finally able to visit the Real Alcázar. This royal palace still serves as a residence for the king and queen of Spain when they visit Seville once or twice a year. The original Moorish structure was embellished by successive generations of Spanish Christians, so you can see a variety of architectural styles throughout.

Like the Christians, the Moors liked to cover every surface with intricate decorations. However, the Moors eschewed any depiction of people or animals and instead developed a visual language of geometric shapes, patterns, and Arabic script. The frescos and statues depicting the human form were added by Christians over time.

Again, we present a few simple photos to whet the appetite without purporting to capture the sublime beauty and majesty of the place. The overall impression is one of sumptuous splendor, nearly overwhelming in its beauty and complexity. If you go to Seville, this is a must-see venue.

Facade inside the Alcázar
Facade inside the Alcázar
Alcázar interior
Alcázar interior
Alcazar interior
Alcazar interior
Alcázar ceiling
Alcázar ceiling
Alcázar ceiling detail
Alcázar ceiling detail
Alcázar arch
Alcázar arch
Alcázar fountain (later addition)
Alcázar fountain (later addition)

The Alcázar is a vast network of grand halls, atriums, and patios. Outside you find expansive gardens with fruit trees, fountains, and pavilions. The shaded walkways and flowing water create a serene atmosphere.

Alcázar garden
Alcázar garden
Alcázar garden
Alcázar garden
Alcázar garden
Alcázar garden
Peacock in the Alcázar Cafe
Peacock in the Alcázar Cafe

We signed up for a short boat tour on the Guadalquivir River (don’t ask me to pronounce it), which runs through Seville. Ostensibly the ride provides a different perspective on the sights of Seville, but this was one of the few activities that we did that was not worth the time or money. You can’t actually see that much from the river, and the canned narrative in four languages was not especially informative.

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