Torre del Oro, Sevilla

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    The Gold Tower

    by theo1006 Written Dec 5, 2013

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    When you have done the Must-Do's in Sevilla, the cathedral and the alcázar, you may feel too tired to climb the Gold Tower on the bank of Guadalquivir river.. Yet it is worth while to make the effort. Do not miss the view from the balcony and spend some time in the naval museum.
    There is a historic painting with the tower, a copy of the Mappa Mundi (Map of the New World, the original is in Madrid) by Juan de la Cosa who sailed with Columbus, and much more.
    Open: Monday through Friday 9:30 to 18:30, Saturday and Sunday 10:30 to 18:30. Closed on holidays.

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    Torre del Oro

    by ValbyDK Updated Sep 28, 2013

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    Torre del Oro

    I was walking along the Guadalquivir River, and passed the impressive Torre del Oro. It was originally built in the 13th century, and named the "Gold Tower" because it was covered with golden tiles that reflected the sun.

    The tower was used as an observation post and as an anchor point for a large chain which was able to block the entrance to the port. During the years, it has also been a prison, a chapel, a gunpowder store – and today, the tower houses a Naval Museum (which I didn't visit).

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    Torre del Oro

    by draguza Written Jul 1, 2013

    The 12-sided Tower of Gold, dating from the 13th century, overlooks the Guadalquivir River. Originally it was covered with gold tiles, but someone made off with them long ago. The tower has been restored and turned into a maritime museum, the Museo Náutico, which displays drawings and engravings of the port of Seville in its heyday.

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    Torre de Oro

    by GentleSpirit Updated Feb 22, 2013

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    Torre de Oro

    The Torre de Oro (Tower of Gold) was named that way because at one time it would hold gold and precious metals that came from the Americas. Honestly, I'm not sure how it could have held that much, it's not that big. The tower has served as a prison, storehouse and military watchtower over the years, controlling access to Seville by the Guadalquivir River. Today the tower serves as a naval museum, detailing the naval history of Seville.

    On a pretty day this is a beautiful walk along the water. You certainly won't be the only doing that, there are lots of people there. One fun memory of Seville. We were getting off the bus and walking around and this couple must have gotten carried away with the romance of Seville, they just tangled up in this long long kiss, you know, the ones like in the movies. A few people started clapping for them.

    Admission
    Monday-Closed
    Tuesday-Friday--10 am to 2 pm
    Weekends-- 11 am to 2 pm
    Cost- 1 euro

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    Torre Del Oro: Riverfont Landmark

    by TooTallFinn24 Written May 25, 2012

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    The Torre Del Oro or Tower of Gold is a prominent landmark on the Sevilla riverfront. The tower is one of those landmarks that looks a lot better in the distance than it does up close.

    The Torre Del Oro got its name it is said from the gold appearing azulejos that were on top of the tower originally. The tower was originally built in 1220 and was part of the City's defensive wall system. The tower was used as a watchtower to control access to the City's port.

    Over the last 900 years the tower has served many purposes including a prison, a storage building and a shelter for the mistress of King Pedro I. Today it is a naval museum. We did not go into the naval museum but just observed the tower from the street.

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    TORRE DEL ORO / THE GOLDEN TOWER...

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    EL TORRE DEL ORO, THE GOLDEN TOWER IN SEVILLE...

    This tower is situated on Christopher Columbus Avenue, near the river bank.
    It was built around 1200 by the Moslem Governor Abu Elda.

    The tower was given the name Torre del oro because originally it was decorated in golden AZULEJOS (TILES) and NOT because gold was secured in it.
    During the Arab domination it was used for different purposes e,g, as a prison and a shelter.

    According to tradition the mistress of Kin Peter I, Aldonza Coronel lived there.

    Later on it housed the main offices of the Navy and nowadays it is used as the seat of the Navy Museum which displays an interesting collection of several documents relating to the colonial Empire.

    Once you are here: cross the Guadalquivir and enjoy the TRIANA district.....

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    Protect The Gold!

    by painterdave Updated Dec 15, 2010

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    The tower called Torre del Oro was built by the berbers in the 13th century, and later it was used to store and protect the gold that came in from the New World. This watch tower has three levels and originally had a huge chain attached to it that ran across the river. This stopped all traffic in order to pay a tax and be searched, etc.
    Visit the river and see this old monument, still in good shape, and you can walk across the nearby bridge and go to the other side for more photos.
    There is also tour boats for trips up and down the river berthed near this monument.
    You can walk to this from the cathedral in 5 minutes.

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    Golden Tower

    by tim07 Updated Nov 22, 2009

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    The tower was given this name because it was once covered in golden tiles. Dating back to 1220, the tower sits at the side if the Guadalquivir river. Today it houses a naval museum. It's an impressive sight, either in the sunshine during the day or lit up at night.

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    Torre del Oro

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Apr 7, 2009

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    Torre del Oro as we approach the Guadalquivir R.
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    The impressive Torre del Oro greeted us as we made our way toward the Guadalquivir River that slices through Sevilla. Built by the Moors as a defensive lookout in 1220 (along with an identical tower on the other side of the river), it was joined to the Real Alcázar as part of Sevilla's defenses. Back in those days prior to heavy siltation taking its toll, the river was still Sevilla's main connection to the coast of Spain, so the two towers also anchored a heavy chain that stretched across the the Guadalquivir to control ship traffic and protect the city's port from sea-borne attack. The tower was damaged during the major 1755 earthquake that destroyed downtown Lisbon and it is also believed that may have been what destroyed its sister tower. The slender upper lookout turret at the very top of Torre del Oro was added in 1760 during the work to repair its earthquake damage.

    Formerly used as an unloading warehouse for the treasures pouring in from Spain's overseas colonies, it is now the Museo Maritimo displaying various antiques and maps related to its long history. We had decided to take the recommended tourist walk up along the other side of the river, so only enjoyed Torre del Oro from afar as we headed across the Guadalquivir.

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    Toro de'oro

    by bip_231 Written Feb 26, 2009

    The Toro de'oro sits on the banks of the Guadalquivir river, and used to be a watchtower in the walls which ran from the Alcazar to the river. It gets its name (Tower of Gold) because of the story that the gold and other treasures taken during the Spanish Conquests in South America were stored here). The Toro de'oro today houses a naval museum. I can't remember the admission price, but being honest, it wasn't that much. You can climb to the top of the tower, and get good views out over the city of Sevilla. Worth having a look at, although it won't take all day for you to visit.

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    Torre Del Oro

    by keeweechic Written Oct 7, 2008

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    The Torre del Oro or the Gold Tower sits on the Paseo de Colon on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Built during the early part of the 13th century, its purpose was to be part of the cities defences against enemy attacks. On the opposite bank of the river another tower (La Torre de la Plata) was built. There was then a chain stretched between then under the water to trap enemy vessels and prevent them from sailing up the river.

    The Torre del Oro was given the name of Gold Tower because of the gold tiles that covered the turret or dome. This was only added to the tower in 1760. Over the years the tower has been used to store gunpowder, used as a chapel and a prison and even at one time a post office. Today the tower exhibits naval memorabilia including antiques and maps.

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    Golden Tower

    by didgeridorien Written Mar 4, 2008

    This tower was constructed in the 13th c. by the Almohads and formed part of the city defence system. In 1944 the tower became a Naval Museum. It contains important praphical and written documentation on the nautical history of the city.

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  • The Tower of Gold!

    by blint Written Jan 24, 2008

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    Doesn't look very gold to me, but never mind! It was once part of the old city walls built by the Arabs when they ruled this part of Spain in the XIII century. It's purpose was military to control the comings and goings of the port. There are other historic stories related to the tower too, for example that it was a refuge for the ladies that courted Pedro el Cruel whilst his wife lived in the Alcazar. It is thought that it may have been covered in golden tiles, hence the name.

    It is home to a small naval museum where you can see maps and the such like related to the Naval history of Spain. It is open from 10 or 11 until 14:00 and closed on Mondays.

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    Torre de Oro

    by mcbeal_ally Updated Mar 1, 2007

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    The Torre del Oro is a military watchtower built in Seville, Spain during the Almohad dynasty in order to control access to the city via the Guadalquivir riverT
    Today the tower is a naval museum, containing engravings, letters, models, instruments, and historic documents. The museum outlines the naval history of Seville and the importance of its river.

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    Torre del Oro

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 16, 2006

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    Sevilla - Torre del Oro

    The Gold Tower (Torre del Oro) was built in 1220. The tower has twelve sides. Once it was a part of Alcazar fortification. It "locked" the river for the enemy ships. In case of a danger a strong circuit strengthened to a wall of a tower. Another end of a circuit strengthened to the Silver Tower (Torre de la Plata), which stood on another bank of Guadalquivir. Two versions explain the name of a tower. According to the first version the tower was decorated with gold tiles earlier. According to the second version the gold brought from America was stored in the tower. The small dome has appeared at the tower in XVIII century.

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