The site of Seville's Moorish Alcazar palace has been occupied
by the city's rulers since Roman times, and has been a favoured
residence of Spanish kings since the Middle Ages. The palace was
built by the Moors in the 7th century, and has been added to and
altered by successive occupants ever since. First to enlarge the
building was the infamous al-Mu'tadid of the Abbadids, who
reputedly kept a harem of 800 women and decorated the terraces with
flowers planted in the skulls of his decapitated enemies. Of the
early Christian additions most notable is the colonnaded quadrangle
of the Patio of the Maids. The golden-domed Salon de los
Embajadores was a wing built by Fernando and Isabel, and was where
the royal pair welcomed Columbus back after his discovery of
America. The palace is set in beautiful gardens.
Address: Plaza del Triunfo Telephone: +34 95 450 2323 Opening Time: Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 7pm, Sunday 9.30am to
5pm Admission: EUR5
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