Visiting the Alcázar will most likely take you a few hours. To help you on your way, we have compiled a short selection of highlights from all it´s interesting and beautiful parts:
La Sala de la Justicia – The Hall of Justice or the Councils Room, once was part of the 11th century Moorish palace. Here the minister’s council would meet. Attached to it is the Patio del Yeso, one of the few buildings actually remaining from the Moorish period.
Los Baños de Doña María de Padilla – The Baths of Lady Mary of Padilla in reality are rainwater tanks. These tanks, named after the mistress of Peter I ´the Cruel´, are among the surviving parts from the 13th century’s expansions.
Palacio de Pedro I – The Palace of Peter I is, among with the gardens, probably the most beautiful part of the Alcázar. This masterpiece of Andalusian mudéjar art is organized around two cores. One, dedicated to official life, is around el Patio de las Doncellas, the Courtyard of the Maidens.The name, an excellent example of Christian medieval propaganda,refers to a story used to bolster the Reconquista movement: supposedly the Moors demanded 100 virgins every year as a tribute from Christian kingdoms in Iberia! The other one, around el Patio de las Muñecas,the Courtyard of the Dolls, contained the private quarters of the king.It is named Courtyard of the Dolls because of the small faces visible in several of the arches – if you look well nine faces can be found. According to tradition it brings luck to whoever finds them on his (or her) own!
Los Jardines del Alcázar – The Gardens of the Alcázar are a fundamental part of the Alcázar, and you should take your time visiting them! The walk through these gardens is one of the most pleasant of Seville: with their green vegetation, plenty of orange and palm trees, fountains and pavilions, they breathe freshness and stillness, and are an excellent place to relax and digest the grandeur of the Alcázar.