ok...so i'm trying to finish up spain so we can move on to the next destination. this post concentrates on seville. we traveled up there for the day and checked out the sites. here's a little background on seville:
seville (pronounced se-vee-yah) is said to be approximately 2000 years old. the area was taken by the moors in 712 and remained under the moors rule until 1248. with that said, you can really notice the strong arabic influence on the area.
our first stop in seville was the alcazar. the alcazar was a moorish fort that was turned into a royal palace by the spanish. the upper levels of the alcazar are still used by the royals as their official residence in seville. (thanks wikipedia!)
the train station....
the girls at the entrance to the alcazar and the entry area...
the "front door" so to speak
cool little areas...
a garden area and a really cool fountain...
a meeting room...
the ceiling of one of the rooms.
another ceiling of a walkway and a doorway. you can certainly see the arab influence on the door.
this is the entryway to a bedroom. i was surprised at how much of an arab influence there was on spain. then i read some history of the area and it all started to get a little more clear.
looking out to the patio de las doncellas and looking into the patio
detailing in the ceiling. i sure do like taking pics of ceilings and floors. ;)
gold dome ceiling...love this pic!!!
tile work in the hall
another ceiling shot with a nice light fixture
hallway and an amazing door with an awesome tapestry hanging above it.
carving on a bench...
the jardin de la alcubilla (garden of the resevoir)
cool apartments just outside the exit of the alcazar
kinsey and rea taking a rest. :)
so that's it for the alcazar. it was really really cool. next up, seville cathedral and some odds and ends. more to come!