One of my favorite places and pictures from the Seville visit. Being pretty lucky with places and weather, I was so disappointed by the gloomy day which met me in Seville, so mostly I was walking along the streets, went to the Plaza de Espana and started to move to the one of the most famous architectural points – Tower Giralda. I had a lot of plans for photography there, but can you imagine my frustration when I arrived there it was closing! Just one minute ahead! The strict guardians dont let me go even for 5 minutes to the orange trees garden! Shame on them!
All what I’ve got this beautiful frame with architectural details… But its my favorite shot from Seville :-)
La Giralda, the bell tower of the Cathedral, is the most famous landmark in Seville. The tower was originally built at the end of the 12th century as the minaret of a large mosque built by the Moors.
In the 12th century the Almohades, who dominated the region, built a new great mosque in Seville. Construction of its minaret started in 1184 under the lead of engineer Gever, who designed an ingenious structure with two separate load-bearing walls connected to each other via an internal ramp. Construction of the minaret was completed in 1198.
Belfry of the Giralda Bell Tower, Seville, Spain
Stones from ancient Roman monuments were used to build the tower. At the foot of the Giralda one can still find inscriptions dating back to the era of emperor Augustus.
In 1356, after the reconquest of Seville by the Christians, much of the mosque was destroyed by a large earthquake. Only two parts of the original structure survived unscathed, the Patio de los Naranjos (a courtyard) and the minaret. The rest of the building was replaced by a Gothic cathedral.
The name of the tower – Spanish for weathervane – stems from the large vane at the top of the belfry, known as giraldillo. The large statue, depicting Faith, shows a woman in a classical Roman attire, holding a shield in the right hand and a palm in the left. The original vane is now installed near the entrance of the cathedral at the Puerta de San Cristobal.