As I mentioned the other day, Seville is an amazing blend of Spanish and Moorish history and architecture. The Reales Alcazares de Sevilla is a fantastic example of the Moorish heart of Seville. The Royal Alcazar of Seville is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe and was once a Moorish fort. It is one of the best remaining examples of mudejar architecture and was registered by UNESCO in 1987 as a world heritage site. One of the things I love about Islamic architecture is that it often very simple and plain on the outside and simply stunning on the inside!
The Inner Courtyard: As you can see, it was raining while we visited the Reales Alcazares de Sevilla. However, it was actually still warm so the only issue was not getting too wet. That was pretty easy to avoid thanks to the purchase of a second umbrella, and all the lovely covered areas around the internal areas of the palace. You can see from the first picture that outside the Royal Palace looks very unassuming. It’s only once you get into the buildings and courtyards that you see the true architectural beauty of the place. Dainty columns holding up intricate archways, fantastic patterns in the plaster and mosaic tiles. I found it most tranquil, even if there were hundreds of other people around.
The Gardens: The rain let up long enough for us to have a good wander around the gardens at the palace. At first I didn’t want to, thinking it would be a little boring but the Fashion Mister seemed keen so out we went. I’m glad I followed because the gardens were lovely and just as tranquil as the internal courtyards had been. Plus as we were the first to venture out once the rain stopped it was like we had the whole fantastic place to ourselves!
Seville Oranges: Now most of us have heard of Valencia oranges. They are big, sweet and orange! Seville oranges never actually turn orange and are a little on the bitter side. They are planted absolutely everywhere in Seville and the story goes that they are collected each year and sent to England where they are turned into Marmalade for the Queen. Not sure if there is some wit or silliness in that story but I like it.
We visited the Reales Alcazares de Sevilla on our last day in Seville, taking in all its Moorish splendor. Our next stop is a little magic hide-away called Vejer de la Frontera.
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