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Short URL
gohist.co/s/319441
Names
Giralda Tower La Giralda La Giralda, Seville
Address
Av. de la Constitucion s/n Seville
Location
Seville  locality
Sevilla  county
Spain  country
Europe  continent
Main date(s)
1184-96
Coordinates
37.386104° N, 5.992543° W
Admission
Admission including tower: €8 adults, €2 students under 26, free under 11 Admission free on Sundays
Phone
95-421-49-71

Description

Along with the Alcazar, Seville’s other popular attraction is the Giralda. Although it is now the cathedral’s bell tower, the Giralda was originally built as a minaret in the late 12th century when the Almohads, a Berber dynasty, were ruling Muslim Iberia. The minaret is said to be modeled on the minaret at Koutoubia Mosque, which still stands in Marrakesh, Morocco (the then capital of the Almohad lands).

The Giralda’s story of minaret to bell-tower is not unique. As a friend in Seville explained, many parish church towers in the city were originally minarets from the Muslim period. The reconquering Christians simply added an additional section with bells.  Keep a look out as you’re wandering the backstreets.

The tower, somewhat of a climb but certainly manageable, affords stunning views over the city.

Darren Smith
August 3, 2013

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