Before it finally says bye for the day, the setting Sun makes sure that the river water turns golden. Its reflecting golden rays are doing magic to it. Looks like thousands of gold fishes make a bed just beneath the water surface. The river water is calm and I see a few racing boats paddling rigorously and a cruising ship. Not very far from the tower, San Telmo Palace is glowing to its glory. I am enjoying an evening at Golden Tower, Seville.
Article updated on 24th July, 2019
I am at a riverside restaurant by the River Guadalquivir in Seville overlooking the Golden Tower. A gentle breeze caresses my face fondly, while it soothes the mood to a romantic one.
The Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold) is a historic watchtower that was built in thirteenth century. Located close to the city’s historic center, at a wide promenade near the river bank, it is one of Seville’s most photographed landmarks.
The tower is a legacy of the Almohades, a Moorish dynasty that controlled much of Southern Spain until the Christians reconquered it. After this re-conquest, the tower was first used as a chapel dedicated to St. Isidore of Seville and later it became a prison. The cupola shaped top of the tower was added later in 1760.
The tower was part of the city’s last wall of defense that ran from the Alcázar Palace to the river. It acted as a watchtower and was linked to an octagonal tower, the Torre de la Plata or Silver Tower, on the other side of the river. At that time it used to control access to the city’s port. A large heavy chain connected the two towers. When the chain was raised, it would block all ships from entering the city of Seville.
San Telmo Palace.
There are many theories for its intriguing name – Tower of Gold. Probably it came from the gleam of gilded ceramic tiles that originally decorated the outer surface of the tower and Sun’s reflection off them onto the water. Another explanation was that the gold that was unloaded and traded here during the time that Seville had the monopoly over the trade with the New World.
One more interesting story associates the Gold Tower with the hair color of a beautiful damsel who King Don Pedro locked up in the tower while her husband was away at war. 🙂
Seville at night…. by the River Guadalquivir
After the reconquest of Seville, the twelve sided tower was used as a prison. Legend says that it was even used as a shelter for the mistress of King Pedro I. Later the tower was used for a number of different purposes and today the Gold Tower is home to a naval museum which has a collection related to the city’s rich maritime history and its connection with the New World. It also displays the importance of the Guadalquivir River and the paths of numerous famous navigators.
As the evening set in, I am lost in the beauty of it, gazing at the golden water and promising myself another evening here.
Do you also feel so? 🙂
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How beautiful is this place! Each of these pics are very beautiful.
I envy you Nisha.
The place is also beautiful. 😀
Great read and beautiful photos, The Gold Tower is an interesting and historical land mark. I Love reading your stuff, Like It is Great Stuff.
Thank you very much for your kind words. They encourage me a lot. 🙂
Have you been to this place?
The place looks so serene. Would love to go canoeing in that river.
Plan a trip. It’s not very expensive to travel there. Let me know if you need any help or info.
I am missing the place badly. 🙁
Looks very beautiful! Amazing captures…
The place is beautiful indeed.
Thank you. 🙂
I love looking at the reflection of the towers in the river as well- so peaceful! Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos.
Lovely post Nisha. The photos are beautiful, both the ones where the sunlight highlights the tower and the night views. Have only been to Seville for a very short day a decade back, but really want to explore this region a lot more some day.
This sounds like a laid back place where you can just relax. Thanks for sharing. Nice read.
How beautiful and what amazing photos, Nisha. Loved reading about the different theories about the name -Tower of Gold. Fascinating and a glimpse into the cultural background of the place. Haven’t been to Seville, but would love to just “chill out” and take the in the serenity. Great post!
What a beautiful place. The Tower of Gold really does look as if it is made of solid gold. I love Spain, such a wonderful heritage there
Seville looks absolutely beautiful! I’ve been living in Spain for over a year now and I’m yet to visit! Will definitely rectify that in the summer!
Seville is one of my favorite cities! Haven’t read much online about the gold tower so thanks for sharing 🙂 Happy travels!
Your prose brings alive the beauty of the place and its magic as the sun sets. The Tower of Gold, true to its name seems to glitter in the evening light.
Seville is just magical. My fave city in Spain. And these pictures remind me so much of its magic again. Great clicks.
I can see how it could have gotten its name. The sun definitely illuminates it in a beautiful shade of gold. And the night views are lovely as well.