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Giralda Tower

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Neighborhood: Casco Antiguo
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Address: Plaza del Triunfo, Seville, Spain
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: This lovely structure was originally built as a minaret for a mosque...
This lovely structure was originally built as a minaret for a mosque, although it has since been converted into a bell tower.
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Unique ascent, good views

The giralda was built as a tower for the Islamic priest to ride up a horse every morning for prayers, hence it has around 34 upward sloping planes in a square format to the top of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

The giralda was built as a tower for the Islamic priest to ride up a horse every morning for prayers, hence it has around 34 upward sloping planes in a square format to the top of the bell tower which was added later by catholic conquerors. Hence it is possible to ride a stroller up with a kid or even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

After climbing so many towers to see a great view over the years, it was refreshing to find one without stairs! You could see some lovely views from the little windows as you go up and some spectacular ones from the top. Worth visiting as part of the cathedral tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We were told by our guide that the tower has ramps instead of stairs because when it was a mosque they would ride a horse up and down 5 times a day for the call to prayer. The ramps made the trip to the top much easier than stairs. Also, there are several places to stop (out of the way... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

when we got arrived cathedral for the first time, Giralda tower was closed. so we had to waited for 2 days.... but soon, i realised that it was a best choice(waiting for 2 days) i've ever made!! the view from Giralda tower was amazing and beautiful....i was touched.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Access to the top of the tower is via a series of tiled ramps with only a few steps at the very top. Views of the city are very impressive and worth the climb.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This is a really fun climb up the tower attached to the Cathedral in Seville. The cathedral is beautiful but the tower climb, panoramic views and bells make the cathedral/giralda stop fun for everyone. The climb is steep and long so those with health issues may want to consider sitting this one out. There were also a lot of people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We've lived in Seville for 8 months and I'd never gone up the Giralda. After taking our 3rd set of friends to see the Cathedral we decided it was time...I can't believe we hadn't gone before. The ramps (not stairs) up have several displays that are very interesting and the view from the top is gorgeous! Also, I was only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I would have paid the cathedral entry fee just to climb this tower, it is an astonishing piece of architecture and the views are amazing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Giralda has slopes rather than stairs which makes it easier on the knees than many world landmark towers. The outside is beautiful and so are the views from the top. Access to the tower is included in the price of your Cathedral ticket so you have no excuse not to climb it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The climb up is by ramps rather than steps which makes it slightly easier. It is a fair way to climb but the views when you reach the top are well worth the effort. Make sure to have your camera ready. A tip try to avoid the times when the bells are rung.

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