Alcazar, Spain

Alcazar wall post

alcazar gate

The Alcazar Palace in Seville is essentially a Christian ruler’s palace, but in Moorish style by Moorish artisans.

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King Pedro abandoned his wife and moved into the Alcazar with his mistress. In 1364, Pedro decided to build the a palace and hired  Muslim craftsmen from Granada to re-create the romance of that city’s Alhambra in Sevilla.

Pedro family

Why a Christian king would build a palace using Islamic style’.  The answer was “King Pedro copied Alhambra that he wanted but could not have it.”

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In his throne room, Pedro received guests. The stucco on the walls is molded with interlacing plants, geometrical shapes, and Arabic writing.



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Monarchs preserved the palace and made additions with surprising sensitivity.


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The geometric patterns in art are mathematically precise, aesthetically pleasing, and symbolic.


The hall of the Ambassadors is a cube topped with a half-dome. In Islam, the cube represents the earth, and the dome is the starry heavens. With this symbol, Pedro proclaimed that he controlled heaven and earth.


  • An alcázar or alcàsser is a type of castle in Spain and Portugal built by kings to live in. The term derives from the Arabic meaning “fort, castle or palace” while the Arabic word is possibly in turn derived from the Latin word ‘castrum’, meaning an army camp or fort.        — Wikipedia

  • The original nucleus of the Alcázar was constructed in the 10th century as the palace of the Moslem governor. Read more…

King Pedro couldn’t have the Alhambra Palace. But, 120 years later, in 1492, Queen Isabella won and took over Alhambra Palace in Granada.

This post is the last one of the Alcazar series. Alhambra is coming up. Stay tuned. 🙂

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Alcazar Garden


Spanish Tiles

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A little bit of Heaven


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57 thoughts on “Alcazar, Spain

  1. I have loved this series and how you captured the intricate architecture. These patterns can be a bit overwhelming to the eye, making your crossed eyed for a few seconds, but the way your captured them it just so pleasant to look at. You got the angling on the shots right. Impressive since it was your first time there. Hope you have a good week ahead, Amy 🙂


    • Thank you for reading the series, Mabel! I had to deal with my anxiety before I got in the building, then was just overwhelmed by what I saw. So, I was exhausted after the tour 🙂
      Maybe each room is grand and with beautiful arch windows open to the garden, that you don’t get crossed eyed … Thank you so much for your comment 🙂


      • I always enjoy your posts, Amy. And you post so often so that’s a treat. Anxiety is always hard to deal with, I know, but it can be put out of the way 🙂

        You’re right. The rooms are quite angled with quite a bit of corners here and there. I think you have good eyes 🙂


  2. So beautiful, Amy, thanks very much for sharing these photos, maybe I will never get there, but I feel like I have seen it through your eyes and your sharing – it really means a lot to me! ♥♥♥ ;^)


  3. Amazing history and the ornate work in these photos is incredible. Seville is a place which fascinates me and I do hope to visit one of these days…meanwhile, we get to see it through your artistry…thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photographs Amy 🙂


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