The Giralda of Seville – Legends, history and tradition

The Giralda of Seville – Legends, history and tradition

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It does not matter if it is your first time in Seville or if you have lived there for half your life, there will not be a time when you pass by the Giralda and do not have the sensation of admiration, magic and mystery so typical of this place. No matter where you have come from, whatever your age or even what cultural preferences you have, Seville Cathedral is for everyone an authentic and unique monument, touristic, cultural and historic, acclaimed as such throughout the ages.

Located between the “Avenida de la Constitución” (with the shops and trams) and the mystic district of Santa Cruz (with the scent of orange blossom and the sound of guitars), the Giralda is a construction made up of legends and historical traditions. A building that looks impressive from any point of the city and never fails to impress those enjoying it. Given that this is an essential visit, we recommend that you choose the Petit Palace Canalejas Sevilla, the Petit Palace Marques de Santa Ana or the beautiful Petit Palace Santa Cruz to enjoy it as you should and also at just a short walk away.

The Arab origins date back to the beginning of the 12th century when the rulers of Seville were the owners and gentlemen of the city. During these years according to the legend, they had to create a special exceptionally high platform in order to form the tower for what was the principal mosque of the city. What was the procedure to follow? Install a special cement platform (for many something completely impossible for the period we’re talking about) which started in the Arenal area up to the Puerta de la Carne.

Another of these legends that attract your attention about the principal monument of the city, is that which explains the origin of the chains which surround the temple. Chains which were placed there in the 16th century and represent their own and natural boundaries of Seville’s civil jurisdiction.

There are many legends and there is a historic reality that is simply charming (even more so if we imagine ourselves in the situation of the inhabitants of a few centuries ago), it is that the tower of the Giralda was (during some years) the principal source of light in the city during certain moments. Such as the arrival in the world of a prince, the coronation of a new king or the election of a pope. A total of 144 points of light which gave reason, colour and life to every historic moment in this beautiful land.

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