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Seville, Spain

The Courtyard of the Maidens (Patio de las Doncellas)

Upper gallery, built by Luis de Vega under the reign of Charles V, 1540-1572, The Real Alcazar

The Courtyard of Maidens (Patio de las Doncellas)

Lower gallery, rectangular pool with sunken gardens on either side, built over moorish ruins under the reign of Pedro I, 1364, The Real Alcazar

Palacio Pedro I

Central facade overlooking the Hunting Patio (Patio de la Monteria), 1364, The Real Alcazar

Gardens

Palm trees, the Real Alcazar

Lion's gate (Puerta de leon)

1364, main entrance to the Real Alcazar

Courtyard of the Maidens (Patio de las Doncellas)

1364, detail of ornamentation, the Real Alcazar

Palacio Pedro I

Overlooking the Hunting Patio (Patio de la Monteria), 1364, view from the passageway between the Courtyard of the Lion (Patio del Leon) and the Hunting Patio (Patio de la Monteria), the Real Alcazar

The Giralda

Minaret of the old Almohad main mosque,12th century, view from Patio de las banderas, the Real Alcazar

The Giralda

Minaret of the old Almohad main mosque,12th century, transformed into a cathedral during the 16th century, the Real Alcazar

The Plaster Patio (Patio del Yeso)

One of the few remains of the 12th century Palace with a rectangular pool in the middle, the Real Alcazar

The Charity Hospital

Baroque church of the 17th century with an important art collection of Valdés Leal and Murillo

Tower of Gold (Torre del oro)

First half of the 13th century, dodecagonal in shape and divided into three levels, circular top level added in 1760; actually City's Naval Museum

The prince's gate (Puerta del principe)

Main entrance to the Bullring (Plaza de Toros) with 16th century iron gates (originally from a convent made by Pedro Roldan),1762-1881

Saint Cristobal Gate (Puerta de San Cristobal)

Low angle view, Cathedral of Seville, 1402-15O6, third largest cathedral in Europe after St Paul's in London and St Peter's in Rome with its 11,520 square meters area

The Giralda

Low angle view of the minaret of the old Almohad main mosque,12th century, constructed of cut bricks,103 meters high (originally 82), transformed into a cathedral during the 16th century, the Real Alcazar.

Lying on the banks of the Guadalquivir, it is one of the largest historical centres in Europe. The cathedral was built from 1401–1519 after the Reconquista on the former site of the city's mosque. It is the largest of all medieval and Gothic cathedrals, in terms of both area and volume. Some columns and elements from the mosque were reused, and most famously the Giralda, originally a minaret, was converted into a bell tower. The Real Alcázar facing the cathedral is the city's old Moorish Palace; construction was begun in 1181, continued for over 500 years, mainly in Mudéjar style, but also in Renaissance. Its gardens are a blend of Moorish, Andalusian, and Christian traditions.