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  Torre del Oro as we approach the Guadalquivir R.
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  • Torre del Oro as we approach the Guadalquivir R. - Andalucía
      Torre del Oro as we approach the Guadalquivir R.
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  • Majestic Palm trees frame Torro del Oro - Andalucía
      Majestic Palm trees frame Torro del Oro
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The impressive Torre del Oro greeted us as we made our way toward the Guadalquivir River that slices through Sevilla. Built by the Moors as a defensive lookout in 1220 (along with an identical tower on the other side of the river), it was joined to the Real Alcázar as part of Sevilla's defenses. Back in those days prior to heavy siltation taking its toll, the river was still Sevilla's main connection to the coast of Spain, so the two towers also anchored a heavy chain that stretched across the the Guadalquivir to control ship traffic and protect the city's port from sea-borne attack. The tower was damaged during the major 1755 earthquake that destroyed downtown Lisbon and it is also believed that may have been what destroyed its sister tower. The slender upper lookout turret at the very top of Torre del Oro was added in 1760 during the work to repair its earthquake damage.

Formerly used as an unloading warehouse for the treasures pouring in from Spain's overseas colonies, it is now the Museo Maritimo displaying various antiques and maps related to its long history. We had decided to take the recommended tourist walk up along the other side of the river, so only enjoyed Torre del Oro from afar as we headed across the Guadalquivir.

Address: Paseo de Christobal Colon
Directions: On the Guadalquivir River at the Puente (bridge) de San Telmo, near the Cathedral

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  • Updated Dec 15, 2009
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