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Symbol of struggle

For me, the Torre del Oro (Golden Tower) is one of the most beautiful monuments in the city, both by itself and in its strategic location, always safeguarding the river Guadalquivir...

It has always been "undervalued" when compared with La Giralda, but townspeople have wanted and respected it in through its most difficult times, so much so that after the conquest of the city by Ferdinand III in 1248, the abandonment ensued with the Tower. Thus, it arrived in the sixteenth century in a ruinous state, which meant it needed to undergo important works of consolidation.

Thanks to this consolidation work it reached the eighteenth century, in which the terrible Lisbon earthquake of 1755 shook the city and severely affected the tower. These were critical moments in its continued existence, because although in 1760 they mended the damages and added the upper section, just before the chief officer of Justice Marqués de Monte Real proposed its demolition, to widen the promenade for horse carriages and leave the passage of San Telmo to the Triana Bridge straighter.

The strong opposition from the people of Seville (Even reaching the King) prevented the perpetration of such destruction. A subsequent death threat came from the hands of the Revolution of 1868, whose revolutionaries, who had hurried the demolition of the canvas walls, went up for sale so they could exploit their demolition materials.

Again, the popular opposition were those that made sure the tower survived. It is therefore that I think the Torre de Oro is a symbol of struggle and survival in itself, for all the times it’s had to face destruction and yet always emerged triumphant.
Ana Lab.
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Almohad art

One of the most recent offerings of Almohad art in Seville was the very famous Torre del Oro (Golden Tower)

Built in 1220/21 by order of the last Almohad governor of Seville Ibn Uhla, in order to close the passage to Arenal with a wall that connected it to the torre de la Plata (Silver Tower), between which passed the Guadalquivir. The river port was closed with a thick chain to the Tower fortress (now destroyed) in the current neighbourhood of Triana, and concretized the last stronghold which would form part of the walls of the Alcázar, which aimed to defend the city.

When it was recovered by Fernando III, the tower was used for a while, as a chapel dedicated to St. Isidore. In 1760, Sebastian Vander Borcht was responsible for adding a circular body.

Currently, the entry gate is, in reality, the gateway of the old wall. It was used as a prison in the middle Ages and in some cases, kept precious metals that were bought by the fleet of the Indies.

Two versions circulate about the origin of its name. One indicates that it comes from the azulejos that covered it and the sunlight that when shining gave them golden tones. Another tells us that the King Don Pedro had locked in the tower a lady of unique beauty, of whom he had fallen in love, taking advantage of the absence of her husband away fighting in the war.

Currently, it has been converted into a Naval Museum holding inside engravings, models, old navigating tools, marine charts and historical documents.... such as the naval history of Seville and of numerous illustrious sailors.

Unfortunately, I have only photos of its building because the day I went, I think it was a Monday, it was closed. It's been Spanish heritage since 1949. Visits can be made from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00.

Walking around there is another one of the wonderful vivid experiences, especially, having seen live and direct the Guadalquivir River, of which I had heard so much about at home and in many songs. Of course, under the blazing sun on a hot day.
Marta Pilar
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On the banks of the guadalquivir

Emblematic monument of Seville located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, on the shore closest to the old part of the city.

As important as the visit to the museum, located inside the tower, is the visit to the Teatro de la Maestranza, facing the tower. Thus, the Maestranza bullring is next to the theatre too.
Jose Manuel Casas
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Es impresionante la vista y la transc...

Es impresionante la vista y la transcendencia cultural que alberga esta increíble ciudad.
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Gold as gold

The "Borg to Dsajeb" of the Arabs, our Golden Tower, a symbol of Seville from the twelfth century, was named according to some historians in the glow of your tiles at sunset, or according to others by the amount of treasures housed, from all corners of the Empire. Anyway, this timeless watch the rich Hispalis, reference is now anyone visiting the city. I wonder how would the river if the legend was true. The one account to the other side of the Guadalquivir, opposite was a twin tower that was attached to the other by a very thick chain that prevented the passage to the ships and guarded the entrance to the city. It appears that there was no tower although a sort of floating bridge attached by chains. As might have ceased to exist today, after 1755, when the Lisbon earthquake left it in as sorry state than previously thought erase from the face of the earth. Fortunately the mayor the Alcazar, aware of its historical and strategic value, decided a complete renovation, and total protection came in 1822 when the Navy moved to her offices the Port Authority. Between 1991 and 2005, completely restored the entire Tower, giving life to the new Museum of the Navy, the Guadalquivir and the same Sevilla. A small sample of the history of the city and the nation, we can be so fascinated by the continent and the content. I try to climb to the top. The views are well worth it.

Dorada como el oro

La " Borg al Dsajeb" de los árabes, nuestra Torre del Oro, uno de los símbolos de Sevilla desde el siglo XII, recibió su nombre según unos historiadores por el brillo de sus azulejos al ponerse el sol, o según otros por la cantidad de tesoros que albergaba, procedentes de todos los rincones del Imperio.
Sea como fuere, esta atemporal vigía de la riquísima Hispalis, es hoy referencia de todo aquel que visite la ciudad.
Me pregunto cómo se vería el río si la leyenda fuera cierta. La que cuenta que al otro lado del Guadalquivir, justo enfrente había una torre gemela que estaba unida a la otra por una cadena muy gruesa que impedía el paso a los barcos y protegía la entrada a la ciudad.
Según parece no existió esa torre aunque sí una especie de puente flotante unido por cadenas.
Igual que pudo haber dejado de existir la actual, después de 1755, cuando el terremoto de Lisboa la dejó en tan penoso estado que se pensó en borrarla de la faz de la tierra.
Afortunadamente el alcalde los Reales Alcázares, consciente de su valor histórico y estratégico, decidió su completa restauración, y su protección total llegó en 1822 cuando la Marina instaló en ella las oficinas de la Capitanía del Puerto.
Entre 1991 y 2005 se restaura absolutamente toda la Torre, dando vida al nuevo Museo de la Armada, del Guadalquivir y de la misma Sevilla. Una pequeña muestra de la historia de la ciudad y de la Nación, donde podemos quedar tan fascinados por el continente como por el contenido.
E intentemos subir a lo más alto. Las vistas bien lo valen.
Roberto Gonzalez
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The torre del oro

My corner of Seville is the Torre del Oro I think this site is a good representation of the city and is my favorite place. First, the Torre del Oro is a crucial site of Seville because it has a great history. Seville has a rich past and there are many sites that show the history Sevilla. The Torre del Oro is including in this list. The Torre del Oro was built between 1220 and 1221 to protect the city. The tower is too high and that, it functioned as a place where the military could save Sevilla from enemies attacking by the Guadalquivir River. Now, when he's The Golden Tower's Naval Museum of Seville. This is a small but interesting museum, too. Here, there are paintings, historical documents and ancient ship models. But the best view is very good when the tower rises. You can see the river, Triana and the entire center. The Torre del Oro is my spot because I like the view. Seville is a beautiful city. For me, all the buildings are works of art and the Torre del Oro contributes to this culture. Sites like La Giralda and the new structure of the Plaza de la Encarnación are nice, but The Golden Tower is my favorite because I can see the river. The boats, the trees and the people are smaller the Torre del Oro I really feel like a giant who can see the whole city. Also, I like how the view is like a surprise. When climbing the tower, no large windows to see the city and the river. But then, when you get above the tower, there is fresh air and a very good view. This is a representation of how I feel every day in Seville. Everything is new and beautiful. I like to explore and see new places but I like the story too. The Golden Tower is a perfect combination of these things.

El torre del oro

Mi rincón de Sevilla es el Torre del Oro. Creo que este sitio es una representación buena de la ciudad y es mi lugar favorito. Primero, el Torre del Oro es un sitio crucial de Sevilla porque tiene una historia grande. Sevilla tiene un pasado rico y hay muchos sitios de Sevilla que muestran la historia. El Torre del Oro esta incluyendo en esta lista. El Torre del Oro estuvo construyendo entre 1220 y 1221 para proteger la ciudad. El Torre es muy alto y de eso, lo funcionaba como un lugar donde las fuerzas armadas podían guardar Sevilla de los enemigos que atacaban por el río Guadalquivir. Ahora, cuando anda por El Torre del Oro hay el Museo Naval de Sevilla. Este es un museo pequeño pero interesante, también. Aquí, hay pinturas, documentos históricos y modelos de barcos antiguos. Pero lo mejor es la vista buenísima cuando sube el torre. Puede ver el río, Triana y todo el centro.

El Torre del Oro es mi rincón porque a mi me gusta la vista. Sevilla es una ciudad muy bonita. Para mi, todos los edificios son obras de arte y el Torre del Oro contribuye a esta cultura. Sitios como La Giralda y la estructura nueva de la Plaza de la Encarnación son bonitos, pero El Torre del Oro es mi favorita porque puedo ver el río. Los barcos, los arboles y el gente son mas pequeños del Torre del Oro. A mi me siento como una gigante que puede ver toda la ciudad. También, a mi me gusta como la vista es como una sorpresa. Cuando sube el torre, no hay ventanas grandes para ver la ciudad o el río. Pero entonces, cuando llegue encima del torre, hay aire fresco y una vista buenísima. Este es una representación como me siento cada día en Sevilla. Todas las cosas son nuevas y bonitas. A mi me gusta explorar y ver nuevos sitios pero me gusta la historia también. El Torre del Oro es una combinación perfecta de estas cosas.
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Among the most interesting trips that...

Among the most interesting trips that can be made by the banks of the Guadalquivir river in Seville, which is started from the Plaza de Cuba, by the Betis street, crossing the river by the bridge of Triana, then down the Paseo Colon and end in the Tower of Gold During the trip you can see besides the bridges and the Torre del Oro, other monuments and sculptures of historical, cultural and artistic, enjoy boating, rowing boats sail, take tapas in bars and terraces, lunch or dinner in restaurants from the shore, at night there are terraces and clubs to continue the fun.

Entre los paseos más interesantes que se pueden hacer por las orillas del río Guadalquivir en Sevilla, esta el que inicia desde la Plaza de Cuba, por la calle Betis, cruzando el río por el puente de Triana, para luego bajar por el Paseo Colón y finalizar en la Torre del Oro.

En el transcurso del trayecto se pueden ver además de los puentes y la Torre del Oro, otros monumentos y esculturas de interés histórico, cultural y artístico, disfrutar de paseos en barco, navegar en barcas a remo, tomar unas tapas en bares y terrazas, comer o cenar en los restaurantes de la orilla, por las noches hay terrazas y discotecas para continuar con la diversión.
Antonio Miguel Estévez Estévez
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The golden tower in seville

The Golden Tower is a tower of 36 meters high on the banks of the Guadalquivir River in Seville. Two bodies dodecagonal and upper body (with dome) is cylindrical. It was a defensive tower for the Navy. It now houses the Naval Museum of Seville. It is in good condition but has had many restorations. They started building it in 1220, and was one of the towers of the city, as part of the wall of Seville. They say his name ("Gold") can come from the Latinization of the Arabic name as the golden reflection on river left. From the Elizabeth Bridge you have a great view of the tower as well as in the neighborhood of Triana-crossing this bridge to Calle Betis.

La torre dorada de sevilla

La Torre del Oro es una torre de 36 metros de altura situada a orillas del río Guadalquivir, en Sevilla. Son dos cuerpos dodecagonales y el cuerpo superior (con la cúpula) es cilíndrico.

Se trataba de una torre defensiva para la Armada. Hoy en día alberga el Museo Naval de Sevilla. Se encuentra en buenas condiciones pero también ha tenido numerosas restauraciones. Empezaron a construirla en el año 1220, y fue una de las torres más importantes de la ciudad, como parte de la muralla de Sevilla. Dicen que su nombre ("del oro") puede provenir tanto de la latinización del nombre árabe, como del reflejo dorado que deja sobre el río.

Desde el Puente de Isabel tienes una vista genial de la torre, así como ya en el Barrio de Triana -cruzando este puente hacia la Calle Betis.
Cristina Serrano
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Situated law of the bullring and the ...

Situated law of the Bullring and the River Guadalquivir River, the tower dating from the 13th century defended the Alcazar. This defensive system of the Muslim era protected the river port of potential enemies and watched the entry of goods. She could close the port by a chain system that was to the opposite shore. The tower is composed of a mixture of mortar and straw and was covered with golden tiles (tiles). Today it houses the Maritime Museum, which traces the naval history of Seville. It can be visited from Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 14pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11h to 14h at a single price of € 1. Also, if you fancy, just below the tower, many stars offer cruises on the Guadalquivir.

Situé non loi de la Place des taureaux et au bord du fleuve Guadalquivir, la tour datant du 13ème siècle défendait l’Alcazar. Ce système défensif de l’époque musulmane protégeait le port fluvial d’éventuels ennemis et surveillait l’entrée des marchandises. Elle pouvait fermer le port par un système de chaine qui allait jusqu’à la rive opposée. La tour est composée de mélange de mortier et de paille et était recouverte d’azulejos dorés (carreaux de faïence). Aujourd’hui, elle abrite le Musée de la Marine, qui retrace l’histoire navale de Séville. Il peut se visiter du mardi au vendredi de 10h à 14h et le samedi et dimanche de 11h à 14h au tarif unique de 1€. De plus, si l’envie vous prend, juste en dessous de la tour, de nombreuses vedettes proposent des croisières sur le Guadalquivir.
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La torre del oro

Although there are some legends that say that, centuries ago, this tower was covered with gold, it is a tower of great beauty, though the distance seems small, it houses a nice museum and simple Naval architectural beauty does not overshadow the Tower. This is undoubtedly one of the essential visits in Seville, offering magnificent views of the city and the neighborhood of Triana. An anecdote: In the eighteenth century the people of Seville prevented with their support and love the demolition of the Golden Tower

La torre del oro

Aunque no sean ciertas las leyendas que afirman que, siglos atrás, esta torre estaba recubierta de oro, se trata de una torre de gran belleza que, a pesar de que, a lo lejos parece pequeña, alberga en su interior un bonito y sencillo Museo Naval que no eclipsa la hermosura arquitectónica de la Torre.
Se trata, sin duda, de una de las visitas indispensables en Sevilla, que ofrece unas vistas magníficas de la ciudad y del Barrio de Triana.

Una anécdota: En el siglo XVIII el pueblo sevillano impidió con su apoyo y cariño la demolición de la Torre del Oro.
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Naval museum

The Torre del Oro in Seville is a former military site that lies along the banks of the Guadalquivir River, which runs through the city. Restored in 2005 and now in addition to its panoramic view from the top is also a Naval Museum that houses the Naval Museum of Seville. The structure is Arabic as well as several buildings and historic buildings in Seville.

Museo naval

La Torre del Oro di Siviglia è un ex postazione militare che sorge lungo le sponde del fiume Guadalquivir che attraversa la città. Restaurata nel 2005 oggi oltre alla sua veduta panoramica dalla cima è anche un Museo Naval ossia ospita il Museo Navale di Siviglia. La struttura è arabeggiante come del resto molti edifici e palazzi storici di Siviglia.
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The torre del oro, on the left bank o...

The Torre del Oro, on the left bank of the Guadalquivir, is a landmark in Seville. Built under the Almohad dynasty, the tower has a great historical importance to the city even though it may seem, at first glance, quite commonplace for those who discover it for the first time. It owes its name to the tiles (tiles) gold that covered the roof and decorated the entire building. You can visit inside the Tower of Gold Museo Maritimo which traces the importance of naval historie Seville through navigational instruments exhibitions, engravers, scale models, letters etc..

La Torre del Oro, sur la rive gauche du Guadalquivir, est un monument emblématique à Séville. Construite sous la dynastie des Almohades, la tour a une grande importance historique pour la ville même si elle peut sembler, à première vue, assez banale pour ceux qui la découvrent pour la première fois.
Elle doit son nom aux azulejos (tuiles) couleur or qui recouvraient son toit et ornaient le bâtiment en entier. On peut visiter à l’intérieur de la Tour de l’Or le museo maritimo qui retrace l’importance de l’historie navale sévillane à travers des expositions d’instruments de navigation, de graveurs, de modèles réduits, de lettres etc.
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The Torre de Oro is one of the most emblematic monuments of Seville because it is saddled with the Sevillian history. It is in this tower that ships from India unloaded their precious cargo, hence its name! For many this will remain the Torre de Oro instead of all wealth. It is located along the Guadalquivir. This tower is very nice to see. It currently houses the Maritime Museum of the City: Museo Maritimo Naval Torre del Oro Sévilla.

La Torre de Oro est l'un des monuments emblématiques de Séville car elle est sellée à l'histoire sévillane. C’est dans cette tour que les navires en provenance des Indes débarquaient leurs précieuses marchandises, d’où son nom ! Pour bon nombre cette Torre de Oro restera le lieu de toutes les richesses.

Elle se situe le long du Guadalquivir. Cette tour est très jolie à admirer.

Elle accueille actuellement le musée maritime de la ville : Museo Maritimo Naval Torre del Oro de Sévilla.
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Torre del oro

Located along the Rio Guadalquivir, in the Paseo Marqués de Contadero, Torre del Oro now serves Naval Museum. On two floors, beautiful little exhibition on the navigation charts, props, models ... The top floor serves as a panoramic view. This is one of the best views of Seville with the visible side of a cathedral and the other's Triana district, behind the river.

Torre del oro

Située au bord du rio Guadalquivir, sur le paseo Marqués de Contadero, la Torre del Oro sert aujourd’hui de Musée Naval. Sur deux étages, belle petite exposition autour de la navigation avec des tableaux, des accessoires, des maquettes… Le dernier étage sert de vue panoramique. C’est une des meilleures vues sur Séville avec la cathédrale bien visible d’un côté et de l’autre le quartier de Triana, derrière le fleuve.
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The golden tower

It's a tiny tower, before you know it I imagined higher, bigger, more imposing. However once you see it at night, illuminated river banks, it is understood the reason for his fame and for everyone who travels to Sevilla intends to visit. It is very nice and glad the walk along the river. Today it houses the naval museum and you can climb to see the river from the top of the tower.

La torre del oro

Es una torre pequeñita, antes de conocerla me la imaginaba más alta, más grande, más imponente.

Sin embargo una vez la ves de noche, iluminada a orillas de río, se entiende el porqué de su fama y porque todo el que viaja a Sevilla tiene intención de visitarla.

Es muy bonita y alegra el paseo por el río.

Actualmente alberga el museo naval y se puede subir a ver el río desde lo alto de la torre.
Esther Saro Luna
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