Royal Alcazar & Flamenco

Royal Alcazar & Flamenco

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.

The visually interesting wooden structure was completed in 2011.
The Ayuntamiento (town hall) built in 1527-1534 in the Plateresque style by Diego de Riaño during the early Renaissance. Notice the fine detailing on the façade.

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.

The old Moorish wall
If you look closely, you’ll see Christian motifs and coats of arms mixed in with Islamic patterns.
Here in the Maiden Courtyard, you can see the contrast of the upper level Renaissance style against the lower level Moorish design.
The domed ceiling in the Hall of the Ambassadors is another example of Mudejar style – coats of arms mixed in geometric patterns, with a row of Castile kings at the base of the dome.
Call us purists, as we both decided that the Mudejar style was just too much. The combination of the two seemed inharmonious.
In contrast, the garden offered a calming effect.
Lunch/dinner – pulpo

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