Royal Alcázar of Seville tickets and tours
In the heart of Seville lies the spectacular Royal Alcázar, a UNESCO-listed palace famed for its unusual blend of Moorish and renaissance Christian de...In the top 5 attractions for Seville
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In the heart of Seville lies the spectacular Royal Alcázar, a UNESCO-listed palace famed for its unusual blend of Moorish and renaissance Christian design. Not only a prime example of Mudéjar architecture, it’s also one of the world’s oldest castles still in use, frequented by members of the Spanish Royal Family and visiting heads of state. It’s more recent claim to fame is for appearing in Game of Thrones.
The palace represents the evolution of the city itself, with a hybrid style that reflects its many masters. It began life as a fort in 913, was revamped into a residential fortress for the Abbadids and then further expanded under the Almohads. Finally, after the conquest of Seville by Fernando III in 1248 it attained its final incarnation as a royal palace (a status which it continues to maintain). It continued to undergo further extensions and changes to fit the needs of the monarchs. During the five hundred years of construction, various architectural styles succeeded one another. For this reason, the site is a striking combination of Islamic, Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance influences.