The rich Gothic Palace at Royal Alcazar of Seville

The Gothic Palace at Royal Alcazar of Seville

To have the best experience, book online well in advance of your visit to ensure you are not disappointed on the day as the Alcazar operate on a maximum capacity rule.

The Gothic Palace at Royal Alcazar

The Gothic Palace at Royal Alcazar of Seville | El Palacio Gótico

The Gothic Palace at Royal Alcazar of Seville
Gothic Palace at Royal Alcazar of Seville

The Gothic Palace was built by the Castilian King Alfonso X, also known as Alfonso the Wise. Alfonso X succeeded Ferdinand III of Castile who reconquered Seville from the Islamic rulers in December 1248.

The Gothic Palace consists of two rectangular rooms sitting parallel to each other and two smaller rooms at each end.

These rooms were built in the 13th century over what was the Almohad’s palace. Alfonso X found the caliphs palace to be cramped and unsuited to his lifestyle. He preferred high, airy spaces and Gothic art. Gothic art and architecture was popular during this time as it closely related to Christianity and the Crusades. Furthermore, opting for a Gothic architecture along with the construction of the Gothic Palace over the Almohad’s palace symbolised the Christians triumph over Islam.

All four rooms were covered with vaults supported by pillars but in the 16th century, the pillars were replaced with large windows that open to the garden while the walls and floors were decorated with tiles.

The El Palacio Gótico’s four rooms are Tapestry Room, Garden Room, the Vault Room and the Chapel.

This section of the Royal Alcazar palace complex is accessed through the porticoed gallery crossing connected to the Hunting Courtyard or from the southeast side of the Maiden’s Courtyard.

Recommended read: The Real Alcázar of Seville | A Guide to the BEST 22 Unmissable Highlights in the Alcázar Complex

The rooms in the Gothic Palace at Royal Alcazar of Seville

The entrance to the Gothic Palace was added in the 18th century, after the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. The following are the highlights of the Gothic Palace.

1 | The Tapestry Room

the Gothic palace at the royal alcazar
the tapestry room: Gothic Palace at Royal Alcazar of Seville

The Tapestry Room is an impressive salon decorated with a collection of tapestries (copies of the originals) depicting the military conquest of Tunis by Charles I, made in 1730s. The work is extraordinary and details the ships, sailors, smoke from cannons and African towns.

2 | The Vault Room also known as the Great Hall or the Party Room

The Vault Room is a typical Gothic cross-ribbed vaulted ceiling which were originally held by full height columns, but were replaced in the 16th century to allow for tile work.

The room is emblematic of traditional Sevillano albero yellow and the stunning Renaissance tiles depict allegorical figures from mythology and exotic birds. Embedded also are historical figures of Charles V and Isabella of Portugal whose wedding is believed to have taken place here.

3 | The Chapel | Gothic Palace at Royal Alcazar of Seville

The Chapel in the Gothic Palace has its original Gothic roof, medieval rib vaults and pretty wall and floor tiles of Renaissance style that was added in the 16th century. The Chapel’s key attraction is the 18th century painting by Diego de Castillejo on the altar featuring the Virgin of Antiquity (Virgen de la Antigua). The original of the Virgin of Antiquity is at the Seville Cathedral.

Archaeological mysteries at the Chapel in the Gothic Palace at the Real Alcazar – 2021

In early 2021, work was undertaken to restore the 16th century Renaissance tiles at the Chapel. During this restoration, a coffin with the remains of a young child was found under the floor tiles near the main altar of the Chapel in the Gothic Palace at Royal Alcazar.

Visiting the Gothic Palace at the Royal Alcazar

There are several options to visit the Royal Alcazar but the following have been carefully picked for you:

1 | Best Ticket for Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar Seville

Breeze by the long queues and enjoy the oldest royal palace in Europe still in use with the best in priority visit to Royal Alcazar in Seville. The Royal Alcazar Priority gives you priority access and includes a live tour guide, in a small group to ensure you have the best experience.

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2 | Best tips for the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

Visit the best of historic Seville in half-a-day — The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda Tower of Seville, Spain. Tickets from £42.00

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Spain Travel Advice

Seville Spain 37.3891° N, 5.9845° W
Seville Spain
37.3891° N, 5.9845° W

Essential Information on the Real Alcázar of Seville :

UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Seville Cathedral, & General Archive of the Indies.

Where: Plaza del Triunfo

Nearest Metro station is Puerta de Jerez.

Phone: 954 50 23 24

http://www.alcazarsevilla.org/

Hours: Apr-Sept: 9:30 am to 7 pm | Oct-Mar: 9:30 am to 5 pm


Essential Information you need to know before your visit:

Visitor capacity

The Palace has a maximum capacity of 750 visitors. When it is full, it is full! Waiting times can be extremely long during peak times. Avoid the queues, save time and book ahead your skip-the-line tickets.

Skip-the-Line Tickets:

Seville Alcazar Priority Entrance + Guided Tour

Guided Tour of Seville Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda

Skip the Line Ticket to the Real Alcázar of Seville

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The Gothic Palace was built by the Castilian King Alfonso X in the 13th century and is home to a wealth of architectural curiosities and rich  archaeological mysteries. via @GGeorgina_timelesstravelsteps/The Gothic Palace was built by the Castilian King Alfonso X in the 13th century and is home to a wealth of architectural curiosities and rich  archaeological mysteries. via @GGeorgina_timelesstravelsteps/

Best tips for the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

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Visit the best of historic Seville in half-a-day — The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda Tower of Seville, Spain.

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The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville are three very popular attractions in the Andalusian capital city that commands a rich flow of visitors every year. Therefore, long queues are expected on any given day.

Visiting tips for the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville can be explored independently by purchasing individual tickets to each attraction. However, the need for a guidebook may be compelling to appreciate the mind-blowing architecture, the historic journeys, and the marriage of cultures that are evident in these UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On the other hand, the combination ticket to visit the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville is the Best Seller, offer great value and comes with a professional guide.

Note: Tickets sell-out during peak times. Avoid disappointments and guarantee your entrance by pre-booking online.


Here is a little about each of the historic sites that the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville event covers:

Seville Alcazar

The Alcazar in Seville is a top visitor attraction in Andalusia, and in Spain. A rich flow of visitors every year spend hours admiring the Mudéjar architecture of beautiful rooms, magical courtyards and the lush colourful gardens to be inspired by the oasis of calm that surrounds the palace. Therefore, long queues for entry at any given time is not surprising. In addition, they have a visitor limit of 750 a day which means there is a chance you may not access the palace even if you had been in the queue for hours. The best tip to avoid disappointment is to pre-book online for a guided tour with priority entrance or skip-the-line ticket.

Recommended read: The Real Alcázar of Seville | A Guide to the BEST 22 Unmissable Highlights in the Alcázar Complex

Seville Cathedral

The Seville Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reflecting its cultural and historic importance. This glorious monument is the world’s largest Roman Catholic of Gothic style and its sheer size awes visitors almost immediately as they set sight. Seville Cathedral stands as a symbol of the Christians reconquest over the Moors. It was built on the site of a 12th century Great Mosque, over a course of more than a century, from 1401 through to 1506.

There are many highlights within the Seville Cathedral. The unmissable majestic sight must surely be the thirty metre tall altarpiece that is gilded in finest gold. Gold was brought back from the New World during the age of Christopher Columbus.

Another main attraction for visitors is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus himself. The tomb is held aloft by four bearers, representing the four kingdoms of Spain during Columbus’ time — Castille, Aragon, Navara and Leon.

The Great Chapel and Charter House are also compelling sites to spend some time on.

The Giralda

The Giralda is the Bell Tower of Seville Cathedral and is a World Heritage Site of Seville. This magnificent icon was built in 1195 as the minaret of Aljima Mosque. The Giralda reflect a rich fusion of Moorish, Roman Hispalis and Latin epigraphs interweaved perfectly in its architecture.

The Giralda Tower stands at 103 metres, giving sweeping views of the city of Seville from its platform. It also has 24 bells. The Tower has no stairs or lifts. There are 34 ramps, and the climb is not for the faint-hearted.


About the recommended tour: The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

Enjoy a visit to three of the most popular attractions in Seville historic centre in one tour which could easily fill half a day. In this tour: The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda is likely to sell out in peak times, so pre-book online as soon as you know your travel plans.

What to expect in the Alcazar, Cathedral and Giralda tour

1 | Skip-the-line access to all three monuments;

2 | A professional guide;

3 | Learn the history, the many stories and inside scoop which only the locals know about the monuments and Seville city from your knowledgeable guide;

4 | Explore the Alcazar, one of oldest functioning palaces in Europe;

5 | Opt for either a small-group or private guided experience;

6 | Tour duration is 3 hours;

7 | Mobile ticketing;

8 | Safety and health measures apply.

Georgina suggests: Take a bottle of water with you. You will definitely need it at the Giralda.


Pre-book Online. Check availability with your preferred tour operator:

Tickets to the Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville

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From £42.00 per person: Check availability with your preferred tour operator



Spain Travel Advice

Seville Spain 37.3891° N, 5.9845° W
Seville Spain
37.3891° N, 5.9845° W

Essential Information on the Real Alcázar of Seville :

UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Seville Cathedral, & General Archive of the Indies.

Where: Plaza del Triunfo

Nearest Metro station is Puerta de Jerez.

Phone: 954 50 23 24

http://www.alcazarsevilla.org/

Hours: Apr-Sept: 9:30 am to 7 pm | Oct-Mar: 9:30 am to 5 pm


Essential Information you need to know before your visit:

Visitor capacity

The Palace has a maximum capacity of 750 visitors. When it is full, it is full! Waiting times can be extremely long during peak times. Avoid the queues, save time and book ahead your skip-the-line tickets.

Skip-the-Line Tickets:

Seville Alcazar Priority Entrance + Guided Tour

Guided Tour of Seville Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda

Skip the Line Ticket to the Real Alcázar of Seville

More ticket options >>


What’s new on TTS


The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville are three very popular attractions in the Andalusian capital city that commands a rich flow of visitors every year. Visit them in half a day without queuing! via @GGeorgina_timelesstravelsteps/The Alcazar and Cathedral + Giralda of Seville are three very popular attractions in the Andalusian capital city that commands a rich flow of visitors every year. Visit them in half a day without queuing! via @GGeorgina_timelesstravelsteps/

Best Tip for Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar Seville

Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar, Seville

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The Royal Alcazar Complex and Gardens are a top visitor attraction in Andalusia and indeed Spain. As such, long queues are expected at any given time, even during the off season. In addition, the Alcazar has a visitor limitation daily and if this is met, you will not gain access regardless of how long you’ve been in the queue.

To make a pleasant visit, a little prior planning may be necessary. The best tip to see the Royal Alcazar palace complex and its gardens at ease is with pre-booking online a Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar, purchasing a skip-the-line ticket or joining a guided tour.

What to Expect from the Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar event

1 | Choose from a small-group or private guided experience;

2 | Find out the history of Islamic and Mudéjar architecture in the Alcázar;

3 | Stroll through the beautiful gardens and try the labyrinth maze;

4 | See where scenes from Season 5 of Game of Thrones were shot;


5 | Tour duration is 1.5 hours;

6 | Mobile ticketing;

7 | Skip the line through a separate entrance;

8 | Wheelchair accessible.


On the day of your tour:

Meeting point is at the Plaza del Triunfo, where the primary entrance to the Royal Alcazar is located. After using the Priority Visit to Real Alcazar ticket, you shall enter the palace. Tour begins at the Patio del León ( The Lion Courtyard), the prelude to Monteria Courtyard. You shall see an ancient wall of triple arch which dates to the 12th century, during the Almohad reign.

Read the Complete Guide to the Royal Alcazar of Seville, Spain.

Once within the Alcazar complex, visitors are allowed to stay within the complex until closing time, so long as visitors do not exit. Re-admission is not available.

Your knowledgeable guide will share information on how the Moorish and Christian styles were blended after the Reconquista to create a palace that was emblematic of Mudéjar architecture. You will visit examples of newer post-Reconquista architecture, such as the Casa de la Contratación, a place where sea voyages were planned and secrets kept during the time of Christopher Columbus, before heading to the Palacio del Don Rey Pedro, the core of the Royal Alcazar, a perfect example of Mudéjar architecture.

Your guide will ensure that you learn all there is to know about the palace’s rich history and its architecture.

At Pedro’s Palace, discover the Patio de las Doncellas (Patio of the Maidens) and grand Ambassadors’ Salón as featured in Game of Thrones. Both incorporate intricate carved detailing and colorful Islamic-style tiling.

The tour will then move on to the Gothic Palace with its royal tapestries and ornate tiling.

Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar complex & the Gardens

Your guide will take you to the gardens of the Royal Alcazar where the tour ends. Stroll around orange-tree-filled gardens at your own leisure after the tour. Take in the peacocks that live there, the smell of orange blossom, and the numerous tranquil water features.

The grounds of the Alcazar are extensive and absolutely beautiful. These were orchards during Moorish times providing providing fruits and herbs to the royal court. The magnificent gardens are geometrically laid out, with gentle running waters for a soothing atmosphere. As you stroll around the Royal Alcazar gardens, ensure you do not miss the following:

1 | The Mercury Pond;

2 | Grotto Gallery;

3 | The Fountain of Fame;

4 | Dance Garden;

5 | Baths of Doña Maria de Padilla;

6 | English Garden;

7 | Galley Garden;

8 | Prince’s Garden;

9 | Carlos V Pavilion and the 600 year old orange tree;

10 | Stop at the Garden Cafe and watch the lovely peacocks strut.

Enjoy the gardens to your hearts content.

Circle back to the Royal Alcazar complex grounds, if you need to.

Recommended read: The Real Alcázar of Seville | Best 22 Highlights


The Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar includes:

Priority entrance ticket;

English, French or Spanish-speaking guide (please select when booking);

Audio guide reinforcement (if needed but please also confirm when booking);

What Royal Alcazar Priority does not include:

Entrance to the Royal Chambers


Visiting the Royal Apartments at the Royal Alcazar, Seville

The priority visit to Royal Alcazar guided tour does not include the Royal Apartments. A separate ticket is required to view the fifteen rooms or so of the Royal Apartments at the Royal Alcazar. There is a very strict time-slot reservation and it is viewed via an audio guide.

When you book the Royal Apartments tour (Cuarto Real Alto) online, the time printed on the ticket is the time you need to be at the entrance door on the second floor. Late visitors will not be able to join the group or join another group.

Furnishings are mostly 19th century.


Safety measures in place:

All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned;

You are required to bring and wear a mask.


Check availability with your preferred tour operators:

Tickets for Priority Visit to Royal Alcazar, Seville

In cooperation with our trusted partners: Get Your Guide and Viator

From: £29.37 per person (Jan. 2022): Check availability with your preferred tour operator:



Spain Travel Advice

Seville Spain 37.3891° N, 5.9845° W
Seville Spain
37.3891° N, 5.9845° W

Essential Information on the Real Alcázar of Seville :

UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Seville Cathedral, & General Archive of the Indies.

Where: Plaza del Triunfo

Nearest Metro station is Puerta de Jerez.

Phone: 954 50 23 24

http://www.alcazarsevilla.org/

Hours: Apr-Sept: 9:30 am to 7 pm | Oct-Mar: 9:30 am to 5 pm


Essential Information you need to know before your visit:

Visitor capacity

The Palace has a maximum capacity of 750 visitors. When it is full, it is full! Waiting times can be extremely long during peak times. Avoid the queues, save time and book ahead your skip-the-line tickets.

Skip-the-Line Tickets:

Seville Alcazar Priority Entrance + Guided Tour

Guided Tour of Seville Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda

Skip the Line Ticket to the Real Alcázar of Seville

More ticket options >>


What’s new on TTS

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Breeze by the long queues and enjoy the oldest royal palace in Europe still in use with a priority visit to Royal Alcazar  in Seville. via @GGeorgina_timelesstravelsteps/Breeze by the long queues and enjoy the oldest royal palace in Europe still in use with a priority visit to Royal Alcazar  in Seville. via @GGeorgina_timelesstravelsteps/
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