Torre del Oro, Sevilla
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Torre Del Oro is an original Moorish fortification on the bank of the river Guadalquivir, dating from c. 1220.
Inside is a small maritime museum on two floors. I was surprised to find that there was no admission charge. Most visitors seem to come in order to climb to the top for the view, but it's worth stopping to look at the museum exhibits on the way. There are some very nice model sailing ships.
There are 91 steps to the top. I'm a bit nervous about climbing towers, as I don't like narrow spiral stairs, but the stairs here are wide and easy for wimps like me. From the viewing platform there is further narrow stair to very top, but I didn't attempt this.
Near the tower is the pier from which sightseeing cruises along the river depart, and also a stop for the hop on, hop off buses. We were slightly put off by the number of touts trying to sell us tickets for one or other of these.
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.
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...
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
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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.
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.