Sunday morning rain is falling…..♫
Well, it’s not raining but you know where I’m going with this. Bright and early SUNDAY MORNING and I knew it was going to be a lonnnnnnng day. Our first stop was at the Real Alcázar de Sevilla.
Real Alcázar de Sevilla (Royal Alcázar of Seville) or The Silken Palace, is a royal palace in Seville, Spain, originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings. The palace is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Spain, being regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of mudéjar architecture found on the Iberian Peninsula.
The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence and are administered by the Patrimonio Nacional. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe, and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Most recently, The Alcázar was used in the filming of Game of Thrones as The Water Gardens and Sunspear, seat of House Martell in Dorne.
The palace is filled with ceramic walls, intricate roofs, numerous fountains, beautiful gardens that house a few exotic animals, underwater baths and much more. From the doors to the grounds itself is steeped in history and has its own specific story that just made the journey through the palace that much more exciting.
You’d think after exploring a castle of this magnitude the day would be done.
Next on the list was La Catedral de Sevilla, the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the WORLD. It is also the largest cathedral in the world, as the two larger churches, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida and St. Peter’s Basilica, are not the seats of bishops.
Seville’s cathedral, Santa Maria de la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See) is a Roman Catholic cathedral that was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Seville Cathedral was built to demonstrate the city’s wealth, as it had become a major trading center in the years after the Reconquista in 1248. The cathedral’s construction lasted over a century, from 1401 to 1506. It is said that when the plans were drawn up, church elders stated, “Hagamos una iglesia tan hermosa y tan grandiosa que los que la vieren labrada nos tengan por locos.” (Let us build a church so beautiful and so magnificent that those who see it finished will think we are mad).
Five years after construction ended, in 1511, the dome collapsed and work on the cathedral recommenced. The dome again collapsed in 1888, and work was still being performed on the dome until at least 1903. The 1888 collapse occurred due to an earthquake and resulted in the destruction of “every precious object below” the dome at that time.
After its completion in the early 16th century, the Seville Cathedral supplanted Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world, a title the Byzantine church had held for nearly a thousand years. The cathedral is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus. The Archbishop’s Palace is located on the northeastern side of the cathedral.
Our tour through Seville came to an end with a carriage ride through the town! And YES, it was as fun as you think! It gave us the opportunity to take more pictures without the hassle of walking from monument to monument. It was a welcomed rest, especially since once it was finished we had limited time to locate nourishment and get back to the hotel.
WHAT WAS THE RUSH?!
Well! We were a bit behind schedule because of the carriage ride so we had to make haste to our next location that evening.
GO, GO, GO!