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Emblem of Seville; the Giralda is an elegant and tall silhouette for the visitor. Built in the 12C, the minaret (96 m) of the old mosque was crowned with three golden orbs which disappeared in the14C during an earthquake. In the 16C the Cordovan architect Hernán Ruiz gave it its current appearance of a belfry by adding the bell chamber and four upper rooms and by adding the balconies. The whole thing is now topped by a statue symbolising faith and acting as a weathervane hence the name of the tower and the nickname of Giraldillo for the statue. A masterpiece of Almohad art, its subtle, delicate decoration exemplifies perfectly the principles of the Almohad religious movement. It is rigorous, austere and against all forms of luxury. This was the origin of an artistic trend linking beauty and simplicity. The Koutoubia tower in Marrakesh, built just before, served as the model for it. Each one of its four sides is divided into three vertical sections decorated in sebka brick (the repetition of multileaved arcs forming a network of lozenges). You can climb up to bell chamber (70 m) up a thirty-four-flight staircase. Take your time and benefit from the views over the courtyard of orange trees and over the gargoyles and the pinnacles of the cathedral and over the Alcázar. Once up there, you will not regret the effort as the panoramic view over the town is superb.

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  • Address : av. e la Constitución E - 41004 Sevilla41004Sevilla

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