Murallas
Seville, Spain
Seville was first fortified in 1135 under Almoravid sovereignty. By the thirteenth century, they had been reinforced and expanded upon until they extended up to six kilometers complete with 116 towers and twelve city gates. In the 1860s however, the great walls were razed to afford municipal growth and development. Today, only the portion between the Cordoba and Macarena gateway still stands. Constructed in rubble and debris cemented together, these walls feature seven restored towers, including the polygonal-shaped Torre Blanca and the dodecagonal Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold) part of which dates to the thirteenth century. Once a main surveillance station important for protecting the city, today the Torre del Oro serves as a naval museum.


Sources:

Goodwin, Godfrey. 1990. Islamic Spain. London: Penguin Group, 27.

Watson, Fiona Flores. "City Walls and Gates." Andalucia.com. http://www.andalucia.com/cities/seville/macarenawalls.htm. [Accessed February 14, 2007]

"The Torre del Oro in Seville." IdealSpain.com. http://www.idealspain.com/Pages/Places/Buildings/SevilleTorredelOro.htm. [Accessed February 14, 2007]

Location
Seville, Spain
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Associated Names
Site Contains
Associated Collections
Events
1135
1860s partial destruction
Style Periods
1130-1269
1053-1150
Variant Names
Murallas
Walls
Translated
Puerta Macarena
Series
Fortifications of Seville
Alternate
Puerta de Córdoba
Series
Building Usages
city walls
military