La Giralda Seville, Spain 1184-96
The Giralda is one of three remaining Almohad minarets in the world (the other two are in Morocco). The beautiful structure became the bell tower of Seville Cathedral after the Reconquista.
Quick Facts Quick Facts on La Giralda
- Go Historic ID
- La GiraldaGiralda Tower
- 37.386104° N, 5.992543° W
- Av. de la Constitucion s/n
Descriptionby Holly Hayes
August 3, 2013
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. continue reading →
Seville to CordobaPosted April 4, 2007 by Holly Hayes Part of: Southern Spain and Morocco
My last post left off with us making last-minute plans to rent a car from Seville and use it to visit Cordoba, then get to the ferry port in Algeciras. I was really happy that this new plan would allow us to have a relaxing morning and then go up in La Giralda (the cathedral tower) when it opened at 11. We were also…
From La Giralda to La Macarena, SevillePosted April 3, 2007 by Holly Hayes Part of: Southern Spain and Morocco
Above: Views of Hotel Alminar in Seville (recommended!) On the morning of Holy Tuesday David got up before me and went out to wander around a bit, including having a brief look around the cathedral, which was about three minutes from our front door. He said it was very impressive, and empty and peaceful that early. I…
- Official Website of La Giralda. Web. Official website.
“Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville.” UNESCO World Heritage List.
“The Giralda constitutes a unique artistic achievement, a masterpiece of Almohad architecture.”