Architecture in Sevilla is interesting. Unlike in Rome, where beautiful ancient Roman architecture is the uniform, Sevilla is full of surprises. Take the Sevilla Cathedral, for example, where else in the world do you see a gothic cathedral attached to a minaret. Today, we were treated to another visually bizarre combination of two architectural styles.
First, we went to check out the more modern Las Setas (Giant Mushrooms), designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer.
We had planned to visit the Royal Alcazar in the late morning, but since we waited to purchase our tickets in person, we had to wait until 2PM to enter. In the meantime, we stopped by the Flamenco Museum for a tour and to secure tickets for the evening show.
Before entering the Royal Alcazar, Joe and I had expected to see a palace of Moorish design. However, we were surprised to find out that the palace was commissioned by Spanish royalty, King Pedro I, to build a Moorish styled palace that also incorporated Christian gothic designs. This particular style has a name – Mudejar.