(3) Real Alcazar
Plaza del Triunfo, Sevilla.
  95 450 23 23.
  Tue-Sat 9:30-19:00; Sun 9:30-17:00.
  Adults: 7€; Students, Handicapped, Over 65, Under 16: free entrance.
Photos:    Puerta del León
 Patio de las Doncellas
 Hall of the Palace of Rey Don Pedro
 Pavilion of Carlos V

The Christian monarchs, Alfonso X and Pedro I employed Moorish craftsmen to build the Real Alcazar of Seville in the 14th century. The Palace of Pedro I is considered to be the most complete example of this so-called Mudéjar architecture in Spain. However, a few remains still lie from the former Islamic palace, Patio del Yeso, from before the Christian Reconquest.

Enter through the  Puerta del León into the Patio de la Montería, which derived its name from the scouts (monteros), who accompanied the king in its hunting parties. Passing through the vast galleries and halls decorated in tiles and Mudéjar ceilings you reach the  Patio de las Doncellas, which is the main courtyard. The  Hall of the Kings, the Hall of Charles V and the Hall of the Embassadors all open to this patio. The latter is the most important room in the Alcazar. It is covered in metal mirrors which reflect the light of the whole hall.

The tour ends with a visit to the  Gardens, in which a curious blend of different gardening styles (Arab, French and Renaissance style) can be admired.

From the same age as the oldest parts of the Alcazar, is also another of Seville's best-known monuments, the (4) Torre del Oro.

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