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.
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- 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 →
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“Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville.” UNESCO World Heritage List.
“The Giralda constitutes a unique artistic achievement, a masterpiece of Almohad architecture.”
- Official Website of La Giralda. Web. Official website.
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- Holly Hayes
- October 8, 2013
- Last updated
- July 11, 2014