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Ticket to Royal Alcazar and Santa Cruz Quarter

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Jardines Murillo /Cristobal Colon 10:45 am
  • Jardines Murillo /Cristobal Colon 10:45 am Jardines Murillo /Cristobal Colon 10:45 am Start Time: 10:45
  • Casa Pilatos 12h00amCasa Pilatos 12h00amStart Time: 12:00
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The origin of the Sevillian Alcazar is in the old citadel (al-qasbah) of Madinat Isbiliya, Islamic Seville. Over the centuries, the palatial space has been modified and renovated until it is in unbeatable conditions today, being considered the oldest royal palace in Europe that is still in use.

Ticket to Royal Alcazar Seville and Santa Cruz Quarter. Visit one of the most beautiful monuments with the best guides in the city.

 

 

This tour Covers

Official Guide
Visit to the Santa Cruz neighborhood
Ticket entrance + visit tour Real Alcazar + skip the line
Mandatory Bluetooth audio system for themonuments.

 

Departure & Return Location

Mon to Sat: Monument Cristóbal Colón (Jardines Murillo).
Sun: At the entrance of Casa Pilatos (Plaza de Pilatos, 1)

 

Departure Time

Mon to Sat:  10h45 am
Sun:   12h00 am 
2 hours duration

•End of the tour at 1:00 pm. (at 2:00 pm on Sundays) approximately in the
gardens of the Alcázar (being able to stay longer in this area if you wish).

 

Available Language

  • English, Spanish. For other languages, please contact us.

Price

  • Adults 31€
  • Children 15€ From 6 to 11 years old.
  • Babies Gratis From 0 to 3 years old.

Price Includes

  • Professional guide
  • guided tour and Skip-The-Line for the Real Alcazar Seville
  • Mandatory Bluetooth audio system for the monuments.

Price Excludes

  • Does not include food or drinks during the tour
  • Travel insurance

Services extra

  • No

Cancellation Free

  • free cancellation up to 48 hours before the tour starts
What to Expect

Ticket to Royal Alcazar and Santa Cruz Quarter 

Our guided walking tour begins with an official guide discovering Santa Cruz´s quarter, the old Jewish´s quarter, a labyrinth formed by narrow streets that leads to the famous Plaza de los Venerables. Next, it is your turn to visit the Real Alcazar of Seville.
The Real Alcazar of Seville is a group of palaces surrounded by a wall, different styles have been used (Islamic-Mudejar and Gothic). In successive reforms, Renaissance and Baroque elements have been added. This place is usually used as accommodation place for the Royal Spanish House, being the oldest royal palace in Europe, as recorded by Unesco.
Finally, we must point out the important transformation of the gardens since the Renaissance with the creation of new fountains and ponds, pavilions, portals and galleries. The parterres have been permanently remodeled and, until the middle of the 19th century, improved with important innovations that make this garden environment one of the most beautiful and wonderfull spaces in Spain.

History of  the  Alcazar Palace

Next to the Plaza del Triunfo, on the corner between Calle Miguel de Mañara and Calle Santo Tomás, flanked by two towers and connected to a wall canvas that belonged to the former Al-Mubarak Palace of Al-Mutamid (11th century), you will find the Puerta del León, the main entrance to the Alcázar. On the lintel, under a machicolation, there is a tile mural designed by José Gestoso where a lion is represented in the Gothic style holding a crucifix with a phylactery or band where it can be read in Latin Ad utrumque (ready for everything).

Entrance to the Real Alcázar and Barrio de Santa Cruz. Visit one of the most beautiful monuments in Andalusia with the best guides in the city.

The lion is considered the king of animals. Since ancient times, the lion has been used as a symbol of strength, power or wisdom, and in cultures such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, China or Japan it was already placed in buildings to drive away evil spirits, in addition to representing the sun and the light from her golden hair and from the belief that she never closed her eyes. The explanation that appears in many European buildings from the Middle Ages is that the royal houses adopted the lion as an emblem of royalty, which is why it is usually represented with a crown.

Ticket to Royal Alcazar Seville and Santa Cruz Quarter. Visit one of the most beautiful monuments with the best guides in the city.

The door was the old entrance to the palace of Pedro I and apparently it adopted the name of Puerta del León from the 19th century. It was previously known as Puerta de la Montería, since it gave access to the Patio de la Montería. There are several hypotheses of this story, among others that the name of the door is given because it was the door through which the kings went hunting. This and other anecdotes will be explained by our guides in depth.

Justice room

With entrance through the Patio del León, it is located in the old Sala del Mexuar, where the sura or council of viziers of the old Almohad palace of Yeso met. This work continued to be exercised in Christian times.

The Hall of Justice was built in the Mudejar style between 1340 and 1350 by King Alfonso XI, where heraldic decorations alternate with plasterwork of Muslim origin and is topped by a spectacular golden dome that closes a space that is similar to the Sala de Comares in the Alhambra in Granada.

Structurally, it is shaped like a qubba, an Arabic term that identifies a building with a square plan normally closed by a dome. This type of structure passed into Christian architecture through Mudejar art and, although it was used in burials and palatial buildings, it ended up giving rise to the word alcove.
This Palace of more than 2,500 m2 built by King Pedro I between 1356 and 1366, owes its name to the Mudejar style that predominates in all its rooms, both in its structures and in its decorations. However, it is a Christian construction of new plant on existing Almohad remains and not an Arab construction conditioned for the use of a Christian monarchy. The palace was structured around the Courtyards of the Dolls and the Maidens, courtyards that differentiated the private life from the public life of the monarch, around which the rest of the palatial rooms were arranged.

In love with Seville and the exotic taste of Muslim palaces, Pedro I established the seat of his court in the capital of Seville and planned a great palace to magnify his power. However, the project was not completed because he was assassinated in the Alcázar itself by his half-brother Enrique II after a civil war that led to the arrival of the Trastamara dynasty to the monarchy. Thus the works of the palace were slowed down until the arrival to power of the Catholic Monarchs, at which time Seville acquired great strategic relevance for the conquest of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada.

Entrance to the Real Alcázar and Barrio de Santa Cruz. Visit one of the most beautiful monuments in Andalusia with the best guides in the city.

The Mudejar Palace has undergone important remodeling in courtyards, gardens and buildings, adapting to new tastes and styles as the centuries progress, such as those carried out by Isabel I, Carlos V or Felipe II, with countless interesting stories and anecdotes happening. such as those of the Casa de Contratación or the Corral de la Montería, which will be told by our guides to the visitors as they make the tour of the different rooms.

  • Skip The Line at Monuments
  • A complete excursion
  • expert guides in the destination
  • Speak English, French and Spanish
Map Meeting Point

Meeting point from Monday to Saturday to visit the Barrio de Santa Cruz and Real Alcazar de Sevilla.

Meeting point on Sundays to visit the Barrio de Santa Cruz and Real Alcazar de Sevilla.

Additional Information:
Cancellation

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Almanatour will not refund any costs in case customers don’t arrive on time.
Please make sure to write your email address correctly when making your booking.
You will receive an automatic confirmation email: please print it or show it on your smartphone to the guide.We recommend to wear comfortable footwear, as well as to drink enough water (especially in summer). On rainy days do not forget umbrella.
Difficulty level: average. You will need comfortable shoes. If you have trouble walking and need any assistance, please contact us at reservas@almanatour.com
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Cancellations made before 48 hours at the start of the activity, 100% refund. Cancellations made between 48 and 24 hours before the start of the activity, 50% refund. Cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance, will not be refunded.

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