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    Another Landmark

    by acemj Updated Dec 21, 2002

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    Another one of the most recognizable symbols of the city is the Torre de Oro (Tower of Gold), which was built by the Moors in 1220. It was originally used to fortify the city by stretching a chain tied around its base to another tower on the other side of the river. When the chain was stretched tight it would prevent ships from passing. Today there is a Naval Museum inside, but I skipped the museum and just chose to enjoy the sight of the interesting 12-sided tower sitting on the edge of the Guadalquivir River.

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    Walk by the waterfront

    by DrewV Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Guadalquivir River flows alongside the town, making for nice strolls or jogging paths. (Random thought -- What sadist named this river? Why not the Rio Grande or Rio Lente or Rio Pedro? I have yet to meet anyone that can consistently pronounce this correctly!) Anyway, the Torre de Oro is along the bank and it's a very impressive Moorish tower. Keep in mind that back in the glory days (pre-Pedro) it was covered in gold. Wow...

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  • The golden Tower.Built...

    by Raffa Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The golden Tower.
    Built between 1221 and 1222, was one of the last contributions from the Almohade period in Seville. If formed part of the last wall of defence that ran from the Alcazar to the river. It´s believed that the tower was given its name because of the sun´s reflection of the gold tiles that once covered ths dome. today it is a naval museum which houses the plans for the tower as well as models and paintings of illustrious Spanish navigators and ships.
    Visiting hours: Tuesday to Friday (10:00 to 14:00)
    Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays (11:00 to 14:00)
    closed on mondays.
    Entrance fee: 0,1 euro
    tuesday free.
    SEE TRAVELOGUE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

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    Sentinel by the river

    by solopes Updated Feb 20, 2014
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    Once covered by golden tiles (hence the name - Torre del Oro), this almost round tower was used to protect the harbour, with a chain that closed its entrance. Today, it houses the Naval Museum.

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    The Torre del Oro

    by Roadquill Written Aug 4, 2008

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    Interesting museum of the exploration of the new world, ancient mariner tools, models of old ships, including those that Columbus used. Views up and down the river.

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    Watchtower on the river

    by leplaya Written Jan 28, 2007

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    This is a watchtower on the Guadalquivir river. It dates from the 1200’s and has a gold-colored dome. Inside is a naval museum (I didn’t go in).

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    Impressive to look at

    by timtregenza Written Nov 2, 2005

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    This ancient building (13th century) stands proud on the banks of the river. However impressive its architecture though, it comes some way behind the cathedal and alcazar in terms of beauty.

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    Torre de Oro

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jul 14, 2005

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    Toore de Oro

    The Gold Tower is so named because it was once covered with gold from the New World. Today it houses a Maritime Museum.

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    The Gold Tower

    by Lorro Written Feb 19, 2005

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    This tower was built by the Almohads in 1200 and once was covered by golden tiles. Inside is the Museo Nautico to help you imagine what this port city was like in the 1700s.

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    Torre del Oro

    by csarah Updated Jan 9, 2005

    Its fun to stroll in the area around the Rio Quadalquivir. Near the Torre del Oro you can check in for a boattrip.

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    Torre del Oro

    by Rafa73 Written Nov 23, 2004
    Torre del Oro and Guadalquivir river

    The Torre del Oro (Golden Tower) Built at the beginning of the 13th century, as a defensive watch tower on the river. It holds a marine museum.

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    TORRE DEL ORO

    by Maggies Written Nov 29, 2002

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    Built in 1220, it used to be a part of fortifications. Primarily used as a watch-tower, it also served as chapel, prison, and harbour office. Now, it houses Museo Maritimo.

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    'Torre del Oro' (Golden Tower)

    by d6676 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The 'Torre del Oro' is an Arab monument. This Tower is called the Golden Tower, because it used to be recovered with Gold.

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    TORRE DEL ORO

    by Lalique Written Aug 25, 2002

    TORRE DEL ORO
    Was built in XIII cent. to protect the harbor, initially was covered with golden tiles. Nowadays there is Marine museum inside.

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    Enjoy a view from Torre del...

    by silvia-m.b Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Enjoy a view from Torre del Oro next to Guadalquivir's river. The well-know river near from where is celebrated the popular 'Feria de Abril'.
    Oro means Gold sometimes is shining like this stone!

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