Royal Alcazar Palace

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The Alcazar (Arabic after latin Castrum, fortified place) is the royal residence in Seville, still in use since the long period of Muslim domination; the original fort was built in the eighth century, and successive sovereigns have kept adding to it. Much of the palace is due to Pedro El Cruel (14th century), thus being an example of mudejar architecture.

The interior is beautiful (the patio of the doncellas perhaps being the most famous part of it), but what impressed us were mainly the gardens: the variety of plants is astonishing, and the irrigation system very effective.

Access is well organised but queues can be horrendous: it is best to visit at unpopular times (certainly not on weekends). Even with a long queue, the visit is well worth the wait.

Well worth a visit. Fab place. A lot to see and do. The ceramic tile architecture was beautiful. An Oasis of peace in the beautiful and large gardens. You need to look everywhere at once to take in the splendour of this palace, most particularly the Moorish section. The plain exterior belies the stunning sights that are hidden inside.

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