Quite a climb for some, but the ramps help. It is well worth the views you get from the top. The Giralda is what used to be the minaret of the Aljama mosque at this location, where the Cathedral now stands.

Know Before You Go

Entry is free to the Giralda, along with the ticket for the Cathedral.
It's not easy for small children to reach the top; it's steep and narrow though the ramps do help.
There are viewing windows on the way to the top, you can pause for breath and take in the views.
The bells are huge and loud, so be prepared.

Moorish in Origin

Giralda is the symbol of Seville. A gem of the Almohad art, construction started in the 12th century. Originally built by the Moors as a minaret to the Aljama mosque, the top was a later addition in the Renaissance style by the architect Hernán Ruiz. The architect from Cordova added the bell hall, four additional rooms, and the balconies.

Giralda, over the years

The Giralda was the tallest structure of the city for over 800 years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Giralda literally means “weathervane”, a device that shows wind direction. On top, there is an Italian bronze statue that symbolizes faith and functions as a weathervane. The statue was added in thew 16th century when renovations took place and levels were added

The Moors wanted to destroy it

The Moorish rulers almost destroyed the minaret when Seville fell to the Christian King in 1248. Destroying it was considered better than its fate being at the mercy of another faith. The Giralda survived thanks to King Alfonso X who threatened grave consequences (death) if even a single stone were removed.

Great views from the top

Climbing up the tower for views of The Alcazar and Barrio Santa Cruz is worth it. Originally designed to be ascended by the muezzin on donkey or horseback, to call the faithful to prayer, the climb is not steep for adults thanks to the 35 ramps. The ramps pass by gargoyles and impressive stonework. There is a final flight of stairs added later to reach the belfry.

Key Highlights

The Giralda bell tower of the Seville Cathedral is the icon of Seville. The construction started in the 12th century as a minaret of the Aljama mosque. Over successive centuries it has been renovated, and added on to bring it to its current form.

Literally it means 'weathervane', a device showing wind direction. This name was given because the statue on top symbolizes faith. The climb is steep but the ramps help, and it is worth it for the views.

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Map : Giralda

Other Seville Top 10 Attractions Near Giralda are marked in yellow

Distance of other top ten Attractions from Giralda
AttractionDistance
Seville Cathedral0.1 Km
Santa Cruz0.1 Km
Alcazar of Seville0.3 Km
Flamenco Museum0.3 Km
Metropol Parasol0.8 Km
Museum of Fine Arts of Seville1 Km
Plaza de Espana1.1 Km
Maria Luisa Park1.3 Km

These distances are approximate [As the crow flies]

Review and Feedback on Giralda:

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