Torre del Oro, Sevilla

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    Torre del Oro

    by datapanik Written Apr 18, 2006
    The Torre del Oro in Seville

    The Moorish Torre del Oro or Tower of Gold on the riverside is a distinctive landmark which was built by the Almohads as a defensive look-out in 1220 though the turret was added much later. It was once decorated with gilded azulejos which is where the name comes from. Inside the tower is now a maritime museum.

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    Torre del Oro

    by nicolaitan Updated Mar 5, 2006

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    This imposing structure on the banks of the Guadalquivir river was built in the 13th Century outside the city walls to protect the harbor in Seville. An iron chain passed across the river blocking access to the harbor, finally broken by the Christian conquerers in 1248. The name derives from an original covering in golden tiles. Today it contains a small museum of Seville's naval history, strangely omitting any reference to the Moorish period. Access to the upper levels offers scenic views of the river and city.

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    TORRE DEL ORO -- GOLDEN TOWER

    by LoriPori Written Feb 24, 2006

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    Built by the Moors between 1221 and 1222, the TORRE DEL ORO or Golden Tower, was once a part of the city wall and was used as a watchtower. It is quite an impressive structure with its 12 - sided tower sitting on the edge of the Guadalquivir River. The Boat tour, begins near this location. There is also a small Maritime museum inside.

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    TORRE DEL ORO

    by Hosell Updated Aug 31, 2005

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    Also you can walk along the Guadaliquivir River and see la TORRE DEL ORO: The octagonal Moorish "Gold-Tower" was originally part of the town-walls along Guadalquivir river. Its name comes from the golden ceramic tiles which originally covered its front. In the Christian epoch the tower served as seat of the marine's administration. Today it is used as Museum of Navigation,and is a nice place to see in the city aswell.

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    Torro del Oro

    by JanPeter74 Updated May 10, 2004

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    Torro del Oro

    The Torro del Oro is located at the banks of the river Guadalquivir. It is nice for a picture, but we didn't visit the small museum inside the tower.

    Close to the tower, you can book boattrips on the river. However, in my humble opinion, this is no value for money, since the river runs to the side of the city center. So you won't be seeing much of the tourist part of the city. Most likely, this picture shows the best view from this area, and this one was simply taken from one of the bridges.

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    by Mahieu Written Apr 10, 2004

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    "The Golden Tower" is not a place full of gold or jewels, like you could easily think, but it's a fortress tower, who used to be connected to another tower on the opposite bank of the river. The tower has its name due to the golden azulejos, which covered the tower before.

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    The Tower of Gold

    by sue_stone Written Mar 2, 2004

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    Torre del Oro

    The Torre del Oro is a 13th century watch tower located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.

    It used to form part of the last wall of defence that ran from the Alcazar to the river.

    The tower supposedly used to be covered in gold tiles, which gives it the name of 'Tower of Gold'

    These days it contains a naval museum.

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    Torre del Oro

    by tompt Written Feb 27, 2004

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    Torre del Oro, Seville, Spain

    The Torre del Oro (Gold Tower) was built between 1221 and 1222. At the end of the Almohade period in Seville. It was part of the citywall, and was a watchtower. The name golden tower probably comes from the golden tiles that once covered the tower. But it is also possible it links to the time the treasures from the new world were unloaded here from the ships.
    Today the tower has a small maritime museum inside.

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    Torre del Oro

    by Carmela71 Updated Nov 14, 2003

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    Torre del Oro at night

    It was once the defensive gate of the city, called the golden tower, maybe for its yellow mosaic roof... of maybe because it that times it used to come here all the gold of the Americas.

    Nothing more romantic that a walk thorugh the Gaudalquivir river and this tower when the sun is setting.

    We did not enter inside but in 2 days you have not enough time to visit all, but you can get a glimpse of the beauty of Sevilla, walking around.

    It was built in the early 13th century by the Almohades.

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    Toro Del Oro

    by roamer61 Updated Nov 6, 2003

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    Toro del Oro

    This monument is one of Sevilles most recognized monuments. Its name stands for Gold Tower. Erected in the 13th century, it was originally meant as a defensive tower, part of the walls of the city. Its huper parts date to the 18th Century. Though today it houses a small maritime museum, it remains a vivid reminder to the past and is one of the citys best known landmarks.

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    Torre de Oro

    by Fen Updated Oct 31, 2003

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    On the banks of the River Guadalquivir stands the Torre de Oro which today represents one of Seville's major landmarks. It was originally built by the Moors as a way to close access to the harbour by attaching a chain to it and to the opposite bank of the river.

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    Torre del Oro

    by Zlur Updated Oct 26, 2003

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    Torre del Oro

    This 13th century Muslim watchtower gets its name Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold) because it was once supposed to be covered in golden tiles. It is now a maritime museum, you can visit this for 1Euro. Go upstairs for some great views of the river.

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    Torre del Oro

    by andal13 Updated Jul 11, 2003

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    Torre del Oro

    Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold), built at 12th century by almohades (muslims that dominated Spain), is an interesting building situated at the riverside and surrounded by orange-trees.

    Torre del Oro, construida en el siglo XII por los almohades (los musulmanes que dominaron España), es un interesante edificio situado en las orillas del río y rodeado de naranjos.

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    Torre del Oro

    by virtualpatrick Written May 20, 2003
    Torre del Oro - Tower of Gold

    This Tower of Gold overlooks the Guadalquivir River. Although it used to be covered in gold tiles, you can now go inside to see a maritime museum.

    In the vicinity, there are people handing out and selling bus tours of Seville since this is one of the pickup/dropoff points.

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    Torre del Oro

    by jamiesno Written Mar 1, 2003

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    Torre del Oro

    The Torre del Oro of Seville was built in the early 13th century by the Almohades. The building was of military purpose and was located outside the walled defences. It was used to control the entrance of Seville's harbour by means of an iron chain, which spanned to the other shore of the river.

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