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"La Giralda" Giralda Tip by acemj

Giralda, Sevilla: 56 reviews and 108 photos


When the Sevillian people decided to tear down the Great Mosque that preceded the present day Cathedral, they did not have the heart to destroy the beautiful minaret that is known today as La Giralda. The tower is now the undisputed symbol of the city and provides excellent views over the Barrio Santa Cruz, the Alcazar and the rest of the city below.
You can enter the tower by way of the cathedral. One thing that I appreciated was the sloping ramps that lead up to the top. Unlike many other church towers I've climbed elsewhere in which some people might feel claustrophobic climbing up steep and narrow stairs, the Giralda's ramps were built wide enough to fit two horses standing abreast. Rumor has it that this is because Ferdinand III used to ride his horse to the top to look down on the city he had conquered.

Address: Plaza Virgen de los Reyes
Phone: 95 456 33 21

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 21, 2002
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