El Real Alcázar

Over Waters

Today was the program’s first cultural outing, and we visited Real Alcázar in Seville. Alcázar is the oldest palace in Europe that is still in use, as the Spanish royal family uses the upper floors as their home when visiting Seville. The palace has been expanded and remodeled many times over the years, and contains sections with Muslim, Medieval, and Gothic architecture. The oldest part of the palace was built in the tenth century to be used as a governor’s residence. It was again added onto extensively in the thirteenth century, and a Muslim style of architecture was used. Later kings also added to or remodeled parts over the years.
Walking around the palace and its grounds was enjoyable. There was a room showcasing large woven tapestries that depicted Spanish history. The detail in the carvings and tile work on the walls, floor, and ceiling was very impressive. I can’t…

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