Sevilla travel guide


Sevilla Travel Guide

Sevilla Naval Museum (The Gold Tower)

The Sevilla Naval Museum was built by the last governor Abu-l-Ula in the 13th century, in 1221. It was constructed for defense purposes to close the entrance to the harbor.

The Museum is located in the shores of the Guadalquivir River, near the Real Maestranza bullring in Sevilla. It is also called The Gold Tower because it used to work as a warehouse for the wealth brought from America and for its outer golden tiling.

Before becoming a museum, the monument was used as a chapel, a store of gunpowder, Harbourmasters offices, prison, etc. The museum itself was established by a ministerial order on March 21, 1936, and inaugurated in 1944 a cause of the civil war.

The museum entrance has two bronze cannons and the building is divided into three floors, the dodecagonal floor with 85 square meters, the hexagonal floor with 127 square meters, and at the top, a circular floor, added by Vander Borcht in 1760, damaged afterwards by the Lisbon earthquake of 1755.

Inside the museum we can observe remains fossilized marine, nautical gear mechanisms, navigational instruments, compasses, figureheads, paintings and prints with a maritime theme, old charts, historical documents, etc.

Among all objects, the Renaissance cannon from the 16th century highlights, together with the first scientific map of the world by Diego Ribero, a scale model of the Royal San Fernando, a Spanish steamboat and the yacht "Giralda", in which king Alfonso XIII and Don Juan de Borbon sailed (grandfather and father of King Juan Carlos I).

Sevilla Naval Museum
Sevilla Naval Museum
Inside The Gold Tower
Inside The Gold Tower

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