cupola of Salon de Embajadores

An Alcazar Built for a King

Despite its Moorish name that means fortress, the Alcazar of Seville is a palace commissioned by King Pedro I of Spain. A hundred years after Seville was recaptured by the Spanish, King Pedro hired Moors from Granada to replace the existing alcazar with a palace in the Moorish style. Granada and the Alhambra would not fall to the Spanish for over a hundred years.

The Sala de Justicia (Hall of Justice) and Patio del Yeso (Patio of Plaster) are the only remaining parts of the original alcazar. The Hall of Justice is dark and cool, with a fountain and water channel leading to a garden.

indoor fountain in Hall of Justice
indoor fountain in Hall of Justice

See the ornate scroll work and tiles on the arch to the Patio de Yeso.

Patio del Yeso
Patio del Yeso

The Patio de las Munecas (Court of the Dolls) is the private patio of the king. Reputedly, in this room King Pedro — called both Peter the Cruel and Peter the Just, for administering justice in hard times — killed his half-brother and also murdered a guest (Abu Said of Granada) for his jewels. King Pedro was eventually killed by his brother.

Patio de las Munecas
Patio de las Munecas

The Salon de Embajadores is a large ceremonial hall with a cupola roof. Using available light, this photo required at 1/10 second exposure, too long to handhold. I focused and depressed the shutter button with the self-timer on, carefully laid the camera on the floor, and guarded it until the timer went off.

cupola of Salon de Embajadores
cupola of Salon de Embajadores

Finally, the Patio de las Doncellas (Court of the Damsels), with reflections in the pool.

Patio de las Doncellas
Patio de las Doncellas
Patio de las Doncellas
Patio de las Doncellas

Seville is hot in the summer, so fountains and pools are most welcome.

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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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