Torre del Oro

Torre del Oro, Seville

Torre del Oro
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9:30 AM - 6:45 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:45 PM
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Rumor has it that this beautiful tower was once tiled in gold; now, it houses a museum detailing the maritime history of the city.
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J S
London, UK538 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Nice enough diversion for 30-45 minutes if you’re nearby. The first two floors tell the history of the tower from the time of the moors, placing it within the history of Seville and Spain through to the discovery of America, and beyond. Reasonable view of the city from the top starting the cathedral, although Perspex panels limit the view of the river a little. Standard gift shop. €3 for adults, under 25 €1.50
Written February 23, 2020
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Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,344 contributions
Jul 2020
This 12 sided dodecagonal tower was built during the Moorish rule to protect entry to the city via the river. This was done by lifting a chain which stretched to a tower, now destroyed, on the opposite river bank. The tower is worth a visit and entry is very cheap. There is a naval museum inside and it is possible to climb to the roof, via some very narrow stairs. Previous reviewers have complained about a high plastic fence at the top impeding photographs, This plastic fence appears to have been removed, as it was not there when I visited.
Written September 13, 2020
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Angel
London, UK343 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
I would not say this is a must see or a highlight but considering we got off the bus just outside and it was free on Mondays to visit, and the queue was not that big we went in for a look. I think its €3 usually. Cannot get a really great view of the city, it is not very tall and also the columns obstruct the view. We thought we could get to the very top only to be disappointed to find that when you get to the outside there are some stairs but its for a lookout point rather than going further in to the top. There is some history/museum in side so great for maritime fans but we did not bother. Okay place if you have 20-30 minutes spare. There’s no toilet inside if anyone is wondering too.
Written February 24, 2020
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PaulB
Maastricht, The Netherlands2,565 contributions
Dec 2019
The Torre del Oro (Tower of the Gold) dates from the 13th century. When the Almohads chose Seville as their capital, they erected two buildings: the Torre del Oro and the Giralda.
The first used to be part of the Moorish ramparts between the Reales Alcázares and the rest of the city. It was rebuilt in 1760, when a small tower was added.
The name Golden Tower dates from the heyday of Andalusia, when the ships from the American colonies flooded into Seville and were unloaded here. He also served as a prison, chapel, storage place and now as a maritime museum (Museo Naval de Sevilla).
Written January 6, 2020
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TACOB0B
United States1,131 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had just left the Acuario and walked along the river towards the center of town. You can see the Torre del Oro from a long way off. The walk along the river was very nice but the closer we got to the Torre the more crowded and chaotic it became. A unique building that was once part of the city defenses. Apparently there is a museum inside but we did not visit.
Written January 2, 2020
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BDavis1236
Westland, MI1,793 contributions
Nov 2019
This is a cool looking building....that you walk by.
It has great hisitoric significance, having been used to protect the city.
Great photo op, and located not that far from the spot that Megellan left on his famous sail.
I ewould love to like this more. It's a great landmark to look at, but else wise, nothing special.
Next to a number of river cruise boats, apparently for dinner cruises.
Written February 13, 2020
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Occasional Reviewer
County Kildare, Ireland33 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Of all the things we did in Seville this was the least impressive. Beautiful looking tower from the outside but due to the crennelated top and protective barrier there are very limited views from the viewing point. The top of the tower is also out of bounds for non staff members so in fact you are only going part the way up the tower. Three euro in each which wasn't bad but wouldn't like to have paid any more as we were in and out in under ten minutes.
Written February 21, 2020
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staledale
1,291 contributions
Oct 2019
Museo Maritimo Torre del Oro. Very cool. Good history time-line told on story boards and through artifacts. Takes about an hour. Great views of the river and the promenade along the river. Not sure what time it opens but there was a short line when we left mid-morning. Worth the visit if you like history.
Written April 23, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia39,579 contributions
May 2019
Torre del Oro is an interesting structure, by the river. It was built in the early 13th century to act as a watch tower and warn of possible impending threats to the city. Due to the golden colour it gave off particularly in strong day light, it was called tower of gold. It now is a museum with interesting exhibits and other relevant information. Worth a quick look.
Written April 14, 2020
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Brian T
London, UK5,502 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Seville’s Torre del Oro  (Golden Tower) is a small defensive watchtower dating from the 13th century. It has three sections, the first two of which are 12-sided. The lowest dodecagonal section was constructed between 1220 and 1221, with the
second section, also dodecagonal, being added in the 14th century. The upper cylindrical section completed the tower, being built in 1760 by the military engineer Sebastián Van der Borcht.
The tower is only 36 metres high and stands on the left bank of the Guadalquivir River. You can’t miss it if you are walking along the river; it’s close to the San Telmo Bridge. There’s numerous explanations for the intriguing name - Golden Tower. Some say it stems from the gilded azulejos (ceramic tiles) that originally decorated the tower. Others say it comes from the golden shine it projected on the river, due to its building materials (a mixture of mortar, lime and pressed hay). And yet another explanation given for the name was the gold that was unloaded here during the time that Seville had the monopoly over the trade with the New World.

You can visit the tower, but it’s worthwhile keeping in mind the following:
1. The viewing deck is at the top of the second section, and as it’s therefore not particularly high, the views are not going to be astronomically outstanding. You’ll get a decent view up and down the the river and across to Triana, and of the top of the Giralda, but that’s about it. If you really want a great view of Centro and parts of Santa Cruz, you are better off going to the top of the Giralda. There are some stairs up to a slightly higher but very narrow viewing platform, but that makes little difference. Further, your viewing pleasure is further restricted by barriers near the edge of the viewing deck, preventing you from getting closer to the edge for better photos.
2. The climb to the stop is by stairs. It’s not an arduous climb by any means, but those with mobility impairments should enquire about the availability of elevator access to the top.
3. If you have an interest in Spanish naval history, you may find a visit to the tower more worthwhile, as the The Torre del Oro houses a small naval museum. The museum has two floors of exhibits, and has some interesting stuff on Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus and Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.
4. Entrance costs €3.00. We visited on a Monday when the entrance is free. It’s probably what enticed us to go to the top.
5. You’ll probably need no more than 30 minutes for you visit.

As it’s not on my list of top attractions in Sevilla, I wouldn’t make it a priority.
Written July 25, 2019
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