Iglesia Colegial del Salvador#11 in Best Things To Do in Seville
Many visitors stumble upon the Iglesia Colegial del Salvador out of luck or because admission to the church is included in their ticket package to the more famous Catedral de Sevilla. But however they end up there, they're always glad they did.
The red Roman Catholic Church overlooks the Plaza del Salvador and sits less than a half-mile from the city center. A former mosque, the church was rebuilt into its current design in the 15th century, but still preserves some of its Moorish architecture with domes and arches. It was designed to be full of light and boasts intricate stained-glass windows and bright colors.
Iglesia Colegial del Salvador is the second-largest church in the city. Visitors can enter from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day except Sunday; Sunday hours are from 3 until 7:30 p.m. The hours are extended during the months of July and August, so be sure to check the website before visiting. While entrance into the Iglesia Colegial del Salvador is included in many tickets to the Catedral de Sevilla, you can also purchase an individual ticket online or at the door for 5 euros (about $5.50).
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#1 Real Alcázar
The Spanish monarchy doesn't quite boast the worldwide clout of the British monarchy, but royalty is royalty, right? Take the chance to step into sovereignty when you enter the Real Alcázar palace and gardens. The palace was built in the seventh century and it still occasionally hosts the royal family when they visit Seville. While the original structure dates back to the Middle Ages, the entire palace has been heavily influenced by different architectural and cultural styles, ranging from Gothic to Baroque. The intricate architectural design is known as mudéjar – a Muslim and Christian artistic fusion unique to Andalusia. Explore on your own or use an audio tour to guide you through the luxurious rooms of the palace like the Salón de Embajadores (Hall of Ambassadors) and the Patio de las Doncellas (Patio of the Maidens). But to gain access to the Cuarto Real Alto (the Upper Royal Quarters), you'll need to pay for a guided tour.
Make sure to budget enough time to admire the details. Past visitors recommended examining every aspect of this grand residence of kings – even the architecture on the ceiling is striking. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is surrounded by gardens that are also worth seeing.
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