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Torre Giralda, Seville

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Once an ancient mosque’s minaret, Torre Giralda is a converted belfry soaring over the city’s famous Gothic cathedral. A symbol of the city easily recognizable from countless postcards and tourist brochures, the tower can be climbed for a sweeping view of the surrounding area. This brick tower on the northeastern side of the World Heritage–listed cathedral is 104 m (341 ft) tall, originally built around 1190. The tallest sections of the tower were added much later, when Christians took over most of the city’s Islamic buildings and converted them to suit their religious needs. The tower can only be accessed through the cathedral. To ensure entry, check online for available tour options before you go. Make Torre Giralda a part of your Seville vacation plans using our Seville itinerary builder.
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  • You climb the tower via wide shallow steps. The Arab ruler went up the tower on his horse! At the top you van get a good view without feeling as if you are going to fall off the edge. 
  • The Giralda tower is an integral part of the Cathedral tour in Seville. I would recommend booking online in advance, as we had to queue for nearly an hour on the day of our visit. The Cathedral itself...  read more »
  • The Giralda tower is the symbol of Seville. You can see it from any point in the old town,so you can't get lost.So in the end you get used to it and get curios about.And so you should. Don't be afraid...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Too good. A panoromic view of the whole city. Must go place in Sevilla.
  • Very nice ancient building. This was certainly built by the Arabs. 35 ramps to reach the rooftop to admire a beautiful panorama of Seville. Ticket is sold along with the cathedral one.
  • Unfortunately the queue is very long but the view from the top is worth waiting for it. La Giralda was formerly an old minaret and the muezzin used to climb it on a donkey to reach the top and call to prayer. Therefore there is a succession of small slopes to reach the top.
  • Beautiful cathedral well worth a visit. We have walked up the tower and have enjoyed spectacular views of Sevilla.
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