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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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    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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    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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    Torre del Oro

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 16, 2006

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    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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    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 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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    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 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

    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

    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 / 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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    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 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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    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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