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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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  • Another emblematic monument of Seville. On the banks of the Guadalquivir River, it houses an interesting naval museum. The views from the terrace are spectacular
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  • Courage, once arrived at the top point of view is splendid. You've seen on the roofs of all Seville. Once back down a glance on the style of this tower (former minaret) is really interesting.
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  • It's a steady gradient ramp of 34 flights to the top where there are a dozen steps. It's worth it for the 360 view and sight of the cathedral roof. If you can, time it for the hourly bell - there's on...  more »
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  • Beautiful Moorish architecture which (like so many other buildings) Christian builders cobbled onto. Great views of Sevilla. Go early before it gets too busy or too hot.
  • As a Moroccan this means a lot for me, it was the third mosque built by the Almohades dinasy, after Hassan in Rabat, and Al koutobia in Marrakech. There's a myth that says the three were built following the same line on the map, I'm not sure but if it's true, it's a miracle to do that time, if not, the myth itself is beautiful.
  • A building which you can see from almost all parts of the city. The remains of the mosque this tower is truest historic. Make sure you climb to the top and enjoy the views.
  • 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.
  • You can see a good Panorama view of Seville. It's a good experience but not the wow one!