Torre del Oro
The Torre del Oro (or Tower of Gold) is one of the most emblematic monuments in Seville. Originally built as a defensive construction with a strategic location on the banks of the River Guadalquivir, this is currently home to the city's Naval Museum.
This infamous tower, 118 feet (36 meters) high, was built to protect the port from enemy ships. As such, when it was first built it was one of two anchor points for a large chain that would have been able to block the river.
Legend has it that the tower was not just used for defensive purposes, but it was also used by the king for amorous encounters with the ladies he was courting. Years later, before becoming a museum, it also acted as a chapel and prison for different members of the nobility.
The tower now houses a museum that narrates the naval history of Seville, highlighting the importance of the river for the city's development. The exhibitions are split into two floors which enable visitors to discover the history of the tower and the port as well as old sailing and navigational tools and historical documents.
The Torre de Oro is one of the most emblematic constructions in the city, and it's a must-see for all visitors, not just to discover the history of the city, but also to enjoy the excellent views from the top of the tower. An easy way of exploring the tower and learning lots of fascinating fun facts about the city is by taking the Hop-on-Hop-Off bus, which stops right outside.
Monday - Friday: from 9:30 am to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday: from 10:30 am to 6:45 pm
Adults: € 3 (US$ 3.20)
Students and pensioners: € 1.50 (US$ 1.60)
Children under 6: free
There is also free entry on Mondays
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