The Torre del Oro in Seville

One of the most beautiful cities in our country is Seville , which makes the famous saying "Seville has a special color" real since in the Andalusian city everything shines and it seems that you breathe a different air. Today I would like to talk to you about what is probably the most famous monument in the city next to the famous Giralda: the Torre del Oro , one of the best examples of Arab military architecture in our country and that when it was occupied by the Arabs was erected as one of the defensive banners in the area.

From there the access and transit of the ships that came and went through the waters of the Guadalquivir River was controlled since they were ideal towers to offer assistance fire when necessary and help isolate enemy ships. Seville’s Torre del Oro has a height of 36 meters and consists of 3 bodies, one of them cylindrical at the top and 2 dodecagonal bases. The staircase that it has functions as the axis in this fantastic and traditional defensive structure.

It is a wonderful reflection of the artistic and political activity that the city suffered throughout its history, its base being a fantastic example of Almohad architecture while the center is Mudejar art , specifically the one that belongs to the end of the 14th century. The final section is characteristic of 18th century architecture, so at an architectural level it is a real wonder to behold thanks to the great combination of styles.

The Torre del Oro, which is on the banks of the Guadalquivir, on Betis street, after the reconquest of the city became a chapel dedicated to San Isidoro, being used as a prison in later years. Today it houses the Naval Museum of Seville so it is one of the must-see visits if you are going to be in the city. Finally, it should be noted that after a strong earthquake in Lisbon in 1775 it was affected with serious damage in several parts and had to be restored.