Torre del Oro

From: Seville Travel Guide

See also: Seville CathedralGeneral Archive Of The IndiesReal Alcazar

Torre del Oro
The historic watchtower known as Torre del Oro was built around 1220 and prominently sits on the bank of the river Guadalquivir, now housing the informative Naval Museum.

The Torre del Oro watchtower is made up of three levels with the base being dodecagonal the second tier being hexagonal and the top is circular and originally formed part of Seville's Alcazar fortress walls.

The Torre del Oro is also called the Gold Tower due to the golden reflection that its original design would have given off in the water and which has now become one of Seville's most photographed landmarks during the day as well as admired at night when the tower is lit up.

The tower has been used for several other purposes during its lifetime including a warehouse and prison and now more fittingly as a Naval Museum which has items such as photographs, model ships, lanterns, maps, navigation equipment and tools used on voyages.

The Torre del Oro is located on the bank of the River Guadalquivir, along the Paseo de Cristobal Colon, approximately 100 meters from the Teatro de la Maestranza and 850 meters from Seville Cathedral.

Travel Guide
There are plenty of busses to Paseo Cristobal Colon (03, 40, 41, C4, C5 and E5).

Attractions In The Area
Within close proximity are Seville Cathedral, General Archive Of The Indies, Jardines de Murillo, Columbus Monument and the Real Alcazar.