Photos of Seville Spain. Pictures & Images of Seville { 209 images } Created 29 Apr 2014

Photos of Seville Spain and pictures of the Moorish architecture of the Alcazar of Seville.

Seville is the capital of Andalusia situated on the River Guadalquivir in the south of Spain. Founded as the Roman city of Hispalis it fell to to Muslin conquest of the Iberian Penninsular in 712. Seville came under the rule of the Caliphate of Cordoba and from the 8th to the 13th century was the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate followed by the Almoravid then Almohad dynasty. 500 years of Islamic rule has left Seville with a rich architectural heritage that was blended with the Gothic after it fell to Ferdinand II of Castille.

The Cathedral of Seville is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world but its bell tower is an Islamic Berber square Mosque Minarette topped by a Gothic floor to hold the bells and today known as La Giralda.

The Alcazar of Seville, the palace of the Islamic rulers of Seville, has pure arabesque architecture as well as parts of the palace that are Gothic and from the Renaissance. Seville is a reminder of the sophistication of the Islamic rulers that once governed the Hispanic Penninsular. The mathematic genius of the Islamic architects can be seem in the intricate plasterwork in the Alcazar and the palace is one of the best remaining examples of mudéjar architecture.

When the Patio de Las Doncellas was built by King Peter I (1350-1369), Islamic artisans from the Islamic Caliphate of Granada were employed to create a lavish Arabesque courtyard. The upper story of the Patio was an addition made by Charles V. The addition was designed by Luis de Vega in the style of the Italian Renaissance although he did include both Renaissance and mudéjar plaster work in the decorations. Construction of the addition began in 1540 and ended in 1572.

Seville has the air of an important city and although it is built a long way inland it has a large important port that is still big enough for cruise ships to moor up in. Seville became the port of arrival for Spainish goods from the new world. The wealth this brought to the city can be seen in its fine buildings and parks creating a unified city that has missed the excesses of Spanish modernisation.

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