Torre Giralda

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Torre Giralda
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Observation Decks & Towers
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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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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Raoul Rongen
Sittard, The Netherlands836 contributions
We bought a combi ticket online upfront for both Cathedral/ Giralda and Real Alcazar at tiqets.com (e-tickets). This way you don't have to first get in a line at the ticket office at the location itself. The tickets are for a certain timeslot.
The ticket for the Cathedral and Giralda tower are the same because the entrance to the tower is inside the Cathedral.
The ticket says you shouldn't have claustrophobia to climb this tower but honestly this is one of the easiest towers to ''climb''. The corridor is also very wide and has lots of windows and daylight. There are almost no stairs. 95% is a inclined path. From above you have a nice (360 degrees) view on the top of the cathedral and the surroundings. You can't get to the highest point of the tower. Be ware that not far above your head the church bells are located and sometimes they suddenly ring.
The tower is more beautiful from the outside than the inside.
Written September 27, 2021
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,219 contributions
Completed in 1198, this former minaret looks very much like the Kutubiyya minaret in Marrakech that was built a bit earlier during the same (Almohad) period. Kutubiyya served as an example. The big difference is the Giralda, as it is called nowadays, is embedded in a large Christian cathedral complex.

Moreover, a Renaissance style extension was added during the late 1500s making its appearance perhaps more festive. Note the top with the sculpture of a woman carrying a flag pole serving as a weather vane.

Great the Christian conquerors did not demolish this beautiful piece of Islamic architecture, but chose to incorporate it into the new structure.
Written July 22, 2022
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David D
Devon, UK16,633 contributions
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This impressive structure is the bell tower of Saville's Cathedral.

It was once the minaret of the Great Mosque which was demolished and replaced by the Cathedral. Thankfully this wonderful ornate tower was saved.

It is located a the rear of the Cathedral overlooking Plaza Virgein de los Reyes, Fuente Farola and the statue of Pope John Paul II. The mighty tower stands at 104 metres (341 feet) high and can be seen from a distance.

The Tower is topped with a four metre high bronze statue which represents Faith and is known as Giraldillo. The statue turns in the wind which resulted in the Tower being called Giralda which translates as weather vane.

It is possible to visit the top of the Tower and get some amazing views of the City, which we did not do, we just admired the building from the ground. There are no steps, visitors walk along a ramped floor to the top.
Written May 28, 2022
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smrgeog
Vancouver, Canada2,020 contributions
Our guide had suggested to the climb the tower which was once the minaret of the mosque that had stood before the Cathedral was built. To get up there requires climbing a series of sloped ramps to the equivalent of 35 floors.

It is a decent climb and affords views of the city. Because of the safety bars up top it was difficult to take pictures. The numbers of visitors also makes awkward to get a viewpoint and to get around the confined spaces.

The only way to access the tower is by going to the Cathedral and paying the admission. If you want the exercise by all means climb it; the views by themselves is barely worth it
Written March 9, 2020
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Kelleygirl2
Sarasota, FL6,483 contributions
After gathering our strength we returned to the church and began the long climb to the top of the Moorish Giralda Bell Tower (remember not to leave the area before climbing the tower or you will have to pay to get in again). There are no stairs inside the tower. Instead there are 34 ramps that wind up 37 flights to the top. This design was to accommodate the Muezzin (call to prayer) to be able to ride a horse up to the top of the tower instead of walking. It is not as daunting as it sounds and the view from the top is worth every step.
Written February 7, 2020
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ldgp14
Walsall, UK2,588 contributions
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When people think of Seville, Torre Giralda is often the structure that springs to mind, starting life as a Minaret it was converted to a bell tower. The Arabic influence in the tower is still clear to see though and if you climb the tower (included in your visit to the Cathedral) you'll notice there are no stairs but 35 ramps this was so you could get to the top on horseback. The views from the top are fantastic but truly the best view in Seville is of the tower itself.
Written July 18, 2022
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JubileeBelle
Brisbane, Australia77 contributions
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It’s an awe inspiring structure - it takes your breath away when it first appears in your line of sight. Absolutely enough to just look at it. The climb to the top was included in my tour ticket for the cathedral. But I didn’t feel the need to go up there. It’s still 5 stars even without going inside. The street view was enough for me to be convinced of it.
Written June 3, 2022
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Anita1439404
Bransgore, UK337 contributions
We included this in our cathedral entrance ticket - the tour begins in the far corner of the cathedral. The 35 ramps are easier to manage for seniors than stairs and it was not too taxing - coming down was probably harder on the knees! We did feel sorry for the donkey or horse that used to have to walk up several times a day! We didn't find it too crowded at the top, possibly because we went soon after the cathedral opened in the morning, so were able to take photographs across the rooftops. It was raining when we visited and you do not get wet up in the tower but obviously the views are not clear if it is misty in the rain so try to visit in bettre weather!
Written January 21, 2020
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Peter C
Island of Malta, Malta2,373 contributions
The Giralda is the bell tower of Seville Cathedral. It has a fascinating history as it was originally part of a mosque. Climbing the tower is definitely worth it as you can take in spectacular views of the city of Seville along the way and from on top. The ramps as opposed to stairs make the ascent easier. Since 1987 the Giralda Tower has been a UNESCO World Heritage site. A recommended experience.
Written December 22, 2021
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Darren L
Queenstown, MD612 contributions
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If you have reasonable energy you should make climbing the tower part of your visit to the cathedral. 35 levels of ramps (steeper than standard handicap ramps) take you 9 stories up. Few stairs after and you’re in the bell tower area. This isn’t the very top, but as high as you can visit.

At the top you will have awesome views on 4 sides over the city. And then it is time to reverse your trek. Not too difficult, but wouldn’t suggest if you have any walking issues.
Written November 12, 2021
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