251. Sevilla: Real Alcazar

The past two days have been keeeeeraaazeeee – the good kind of crazy – alhamdulillah!

Support and love for Wandering Wonderers have been overwhelming and I cannot be any happier at the moment. All those days and nights working on it have been for good indeed. :)

But like I said, TheTudungTraveller will always be my first baby.

It was apt that in class today, my tutor asked me, “If there is any place you would recommend to anyone to go to, where will it be?”

It was such a no-brainer.

“Andalucia, without a doubt.”

My writing journey through Andalucia for SeekingSpain in coming to an end shortly, so pardon me for wanting to drag it out a bit more.

*If you’ve not read my previous Seeking Spain posts, I recommend reading those (found under the Seeking Spain tab above) before proceeding further. (:

On my second last day in Sevilla, I visited Real Alcazar

This was a true monument of mudejar architecture, similar on the surface to its distant cousin, the Alhambra, but significantly different in essence.

The historical evolution of the city in the last millennium is held within its walls and gardens, amalgamating influences starting from the Arabic period, late Middle Ages Mudéjar right through to the Renaissance, Baroque and the XIX century.

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It is one of the oldest European Royal Palaces still in use.

A regular ticket costs 9.50€; entry fee for students between the ages of 17 and 25: 2€

I entered Real Alcazar with minimal to no expectations, because really, once I’ve visited Granada’s Alhambra and Cordoba’s Mezquita-Cathedral, it’ll take a lot to blow me away.

Don’t get me wrong, the Real Alcazar is beautiful. Its mix of the different influences was a pleasure for the eye and mind – perfect for the visual learner me.

I guess I was at a stage where all I wanted to do was soak in the moment and live up the day.

“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.” – Joseph Addison

Did I mention it was stunning?

Yeah, it was.

But how does one really say that this complex is one of mudejar and not of Islamic architecture?

The answer is found in this particular courtyard. Check out the following pictures:

Do you see it?

Do you see a doll face?

In Islamic architecture, the portrayal of human form is an absolute no-no – that’s why floral and geometric patterns are huge.

It was especially apparent in this holding room – the most opulent room in the entire complex, in my opinion!

Such a breathtaking room! I felt a bit disheartened for not having a proper camera (I was using my iPhone4 throughout) to capture its beauty, but oh well, one just have to make do with the resources one have right?

If I remember correctly, this was the reception room. Imagine being a guest, walking along the external courtyard then enter this room! Wow!

More examples of human form – definitely mudejar style!

The second floor’s interior of the complex was clearly distinct from the ground floor – it displayed a more Christian architectural feel.

I was personally intrigued by the cloth painting on the wall.

But really, my favourite part of the entire complex?

Another no-brainer:

The garden!

And of course, the water feature in the courtyard!

I can be quite predictable sometimes, no? :)

Anyway, this was meant to be a short and easy read. Am currently working on the next post on wanderingwonderers.com, which will be posted soon, inshaAllah! :D

See you there soon!

Lots of love,

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