Sevilla travel guide


Sevilla Travel Guide

Alcazar of Sevilla

This royal palace was built on the place where the Almohades had built a palace long ago. Nowadays the Alcazar of Sevilla is one of the finest remains of Mudejar architecture. The palace has been remodeled in several occasions by different monarchs and today it is still home of the royal family. It has the status of National Patrimony. Some of the most remarkable sites within the palace are:

  • Patio de las Doncellas
    One of the most interesting areas within the palace is the Patio de las Doncellas (Courtyard of the Maidens), and it is believed that one-hundred virgins would be given to the Moors, as demanded by them, as a tribute, and that the virgins would come from the Christian kingdoms from Iberia.

  • The Baths of Lady Maria de Padilla
    These wonderful rainwater tanks are called “Los Baños de Doña María de Padilla” in Spanish and their name comes from Maria de Padilla, who was the mistress of Peter the Cruel. The story says that when Peter fell in love with Maria de Padilla he got her husband murdered, and that after such atrocity Maria tried to stop Peter by pouring hot oil over her face. She left the life she once knew behind and committed to a convent as a noun. She is a symbol of purity for Sevilla.

  • House of Trade
    The House of trade was built in 1503, and its only function was to regulate trade with America. A highlight of the House of Trade is the chapel in which Christopher Columbus, Isabella and Ferdinand met after Columbus´ second voyage.

Alcazar Sevilla
Alcazar of Sevilla
Patio de las Doncellas - Alcazar Sevilla
Patio de las Doncellas

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