Reales Alcázares de Sevilla (Royal Palace), Sevilla, Spain

Puerta del León, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Puerta del León, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Reales Alcázares de Sevilla (“Real Alcázar” for short, or The Alcazar of Seville) is a royal palace in Sevilla, Spain, that was originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings. Hence, its resemblance to Alhambra de Granada (the Alhambra Palace) in Granada, Spain, which is renowned worldwide as an exemplar of Moorish architecture in the 13th Century. The palace is the main tourist attraction of Sevilla (Seville).

Puerta del León, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla is the main entrance to the Real Alcázar (Royal Palace). It takes its name from the 19th century tile-work inland above it, a crowned lion holding a cross in its claws and bearing a Gothic script.

Casa de Contratación (House of Trade) beside the Patio de la Monteria, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Casa de Contratación (House of Trade) beside the Patio de la Monteria, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Patio de las Doncellas, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Patio de las Doncellas, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

The palace is regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of mudejar architecture on the Iberian Peninsula and the most beautiful palace in Spain. The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe and was recognized by UNESCO in 1987 as a World Heritage Site.

Details of Moorish architecture, Patio de las Doncellas, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Details of Moorish architecture, Patio de las Doncellas, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Patio de las Doncellas, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain. The name, meaning “The Courtyard of the Maidens”, refers to the legend that the Moors demanded 100 virgins every year as tribute from Christian kingdoms in Iberia.

Interior arches and Moorish architecture details, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Interior arches and Moorish architecture details, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Moorish architecture details, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Moorish architecture details, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Domed ceiling -- Moorish design, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Domed ceiling — Moorish design, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Los Baños de Doña María de Padilla (The “Baths of Lady María de Padilla”) are rainwater tanks beneath the Patio del Crucero. The tanks are named after María de Padilla, the mistress of Peter the Cruel.

Los Baños de Doña María de Padilla, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Los Baños de Doña María de Padilla, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

“All the palaces of Al Andalus had garden orchards with fruit trees, horticultural produce and a wide variety of fragrant flowers. The garden-orchards not only supplied food for the palace residents but had the aesthetic function of bringing pleasure. Water was ever present in the form of irrigation channels, runnels, jets, ponds and pools. The gardens adjoining the Alcázar of Seville have undergone many changes. In the 16th century during the reign of Philip III the Italian designer Vermondo Resta introduced the Italian Mannerist style.” — Wikipedia

The Alcázar Gardens and fountain, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

The Alcázar Gardens and fountain, Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

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