Virtual Tourism

Virtual tourism, google maps mashup, google video

Alcazar, Sevilla


The Alcazar of Sevilla (Spanish "Reales Alcczares de Sevilla" ) is a royal palace in Seville, Spain. Originally a Moorish fort, the Alcazar has been expanded several times. The Almohades were the first to build a palace, called Al-Muwarak, on the site. Most of the modern Alcázar was built over Moorish ruins for King Peter I of Castile (also known as Pedro the Cruel) with construction beginning in 1364.

Pedro used Moorish workers to build his palace giving it a distinctly Islamic design. The palace is one of the best remaining examples of mudejar architecture, a style under Christian rule in Spain but using Islamic architectural influence. Subsequent monarchs have added their own additions to the Alcazar. Charles V's addition of gothic elements contrast with the dominant Islamic style.

This article is licensed from Wikipedia under the GNU Free Documentation License.

View on Google Maps

Labels: , ,