Sunday, November 20, 2011

La Giralda, Seville




 
The Giralda is one of Sevilla's 'must see' landmarks. The famous bell tower is the symbol of the city of Sevilla and it is matter of debate whether the Giralda or the Cathedral is the most spectacular of the city's great monuments. It doesn't matter! In guide books the two buildings are often treated as separate entities but, in fact, the Giralda is part of the Cathedral complex, albeit a spectacular one!

A beautiful structure that blends in harmoniously with the Cathedral, it was built as a minaret by the Almohads in the 12th century. Later, the Christians turned it into a bell tower and added the balconies and the spire topped with the enormous weather vane - giraldillo - from which it gets its name.

La Giralda is situated on the north side of the Cathedral, in the delightful Court of the Orange Trees.

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