Today we spent the day in Seville. Another wonderful town. One we all love. We do not think much work is done here – everyone seems to be having fun. Places don’t seem to open until about 10am. They shut in the middle of the day for a siesta and reopen again sometime later…..It seems to be a place of tapas and beer drinking. We are happy to fit right in.
Our day started at 10am with a private guided walking tour with a lady called Mercedes – apparently Mercedes is a very Spanish name not as I thought originating in Germany as the name of a car manufacturer. The two places we spent most time were the Cathedral of Seville and the Alcazares. The Cathedral of Seville was built on the site of Seville’s main mosque. The tomb of Christopher Columbus is in this church. The Giralda Tower is part of the cathedral and was part of the original mosque. It is quite amazing as the tower is a Muslim tower and when the cathedral was built a Christian statue was placed on the top. The climb to the top of the tower is via 34 ramps which were originally used when the tower was part of the mosque and the Muslims used a horse to get to the top to let the people know it was time to pray to Allah. This was done five times per day. We climbed the Giralda Tower and we all decided he was pretty soft to be riding a horse to the top!
This is the Giralda Tower.
The other place was the Reales Alcazares. This was a royal palace and due to the influence of King Philip,the palace had Muslim, Christian and Jewish influences. The garden here was also very beautiful.