Cámara Oscura
Cámara Oscura
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ffls
Basingstoke, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
Our amazing host spoke four languages, Spanish, English, French and one we just couldn't figure out!

We went up the tower in a lift then a flight of stairs, around the outside of the tower is a small caged in balcony which offered a beautiful view. Once everyone was in he explained how the camera worked and off we went on a unique viewing tour of Seville for 45 mins.

I would recommend this visit to anyone who visits Seville, a really unusual and interesting experience.

I'll mention these tips in all my reviews of Seville places:

1. Get hold of maps of Seville and the bus routes before you go or as soon as you arrive. You'll need them!
2. Unless you speak perfect Spanish be wary of the airport taxis as you could get badly stung.
3. Learn the lingo. My smattering of Spanish didn't particularly help and very few people speak English.
Written May 26, 2012
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HFG10AO
St Ives, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
We had a few hours to kill before catching a flight home and decided to visit the Camera Obscura in the Perdigones Tower, What a treasure! The tour cost 4 euros each and, as there were 8 of us from the UK, the talk was conducted in English. He apologised for his English but it was great. The guide explained how the Camera Obscura worked and then went on to show us Seville from an unusual angle explaining what all the buildings were and a potted history of the major architectural features. It was the best value for 4 euros we spent on the entire trip. The Perdigones Tower is situated in a park with a children's playground and excellent cafe. Please do try a visit
Written October 28, 2011
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My2BareFeet
Calgary, Canada288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Solo
After 9 months of travelling, I just look for unique experiences now. This definitely fit the bill.

The guide basically operated a huge mechanical periscope from the top of the tower, which could focus in detail on any part of the city, even on people at street level. It was like we were big brother, a bit scary... the guide then took us on a tour of the city using the periscope, which is illuminated on a horizontal concave screen which the viewer stands directly in front of. After the tour, you get access to the balcony of the tower which provides the actual 360 degree panorama of Sevilla that you saw during the presentation.

Entry and presentation costs 4 euro. I definitely recommend it for the novel experience. The guide warned me that the presentation would be in Spanish, but since I was the only one there, he spoke in perfectly understandable English.
Written April 15, 2013
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Arnd B
Willemstad, Curaçao141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
I myself had never ever seen a Camera Obscura so I was amazed by the quality of the view of the city. It is an amazing experience, but do not tell everyone. This has very limited capacity :) The caretaker -slash- tourguide has great views to show and lots of funny remarks to make. But, be sure to understand some Spannish as that is what he will mostly speak, although very clear and slow. So you can follow quite good if you lack excellent spannish skills. Go there any way to enjoy this complete other view of th city and... weather allowing : the SUN!

Session is about 25 minutes get your ticket at the small restaurant nearby. ENjoy!
Written July 6, 2014
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Wenjie N
Uxbridge, England, United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
It's not just a tower for a 360 view of Sevilla, its also a magical experience! There's a "show" or demonstration which gives you a camera/TV view of the entire city that requires you to pay more, and it's supposedly "only in Spanish". But my girlfriend and I were the only visitors that timing, so we got the entire "show" to ourselves in ENGLISH! And the guide was really fluent with his English, and even made really hilarious remarks and jokes about some of the iconic attractions during the "show". Don't just walk up and think its just a silly 360 view, its more than that and you should go for it!
Written June 3, 2014
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Simon H
Denbigh, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
Because we like seeing the 'off tourist' areas of Spain, we tend to stay at the Melia Hotel that is out of the city centre, in the slightly scruffy but very real and fascinating Macarena district of Seville, around the Macarena church and its staggeringly beautiful interior and statue of Mary. (It is one of their TRYP groups of hotels, that are both excellent and offer good deals).
We love to sample the cafes and bars and restaurants we pass on our twenty minute walk from there, in and out of the city. All very local and incredibly friendly and well priced.
We have now learned a reasonable amount of Spanish which has made our approach more and more satisfying over the years (though it has taken us a typically British number of years to do).
On our last long weekend trip we decided to go up the tower – with its camera oscura advert on its wall - that is just up the road from the hotel, on our way down to the river.
We have passed it a few times, but going up any tower has never been high on our priority list, and we could not understand what the 'camera' thing was all about.
On Sunday though we needed to kill an hour before lunch and decided to take a look. On arrival we still were not persuaded, because nothing we saw at the old brick tower sticking up around 50/150 /yards/feet in the air with a wire fenced ledge, actually told us what is would be. and there was absolutely no indication that it would be breathtaking because of what was on the INSIDE..
My wife knew she had read good reviews about it, and so semi-reluctantly we gave it a go.
What a revelation, on a Susan Boyle scale!
The 4€ per head is paid at an adjacent cafe, and the 'camera' is shown at one hour intervals, leaving us with 20 minutes to wait.
A chap behind the door let us in and told us, in part Spanish/part English, to go a look at the view at the top whilst we waited.
At the top is a small room where all its incoming light can be extinguished, which has a door out to the caged in walkway around the outside, which is what it ‘says on the tin’.
A high place to look down on Seville, worth around 5 minutes, and a place to take very small photos from, of surrounding roofs.
We soon had that out of the way, and hung around until a couple more families joined us, followed by the congenial chap from the door downstairs, who turned out to also be the ‘periscope operator’, because that what this is.
In the dark room is what looks like a concrete sky dish, or saucer a yard or so across. Wire cables, with handles on disappear into the gloom above, which he uses to control the periscope, along the lines of a submarine.
Once he opens the mirrors an incredibly clear picture of nearby roads cascades down onto the dish, and the show is on.
First he followed cars down a road, and you are able to see the drivers, and the surrounding traffic signs, road signs, and brake lights etc. as clear as chrystal.
Then it was a swoop up onto the roof tops of buildings near and far, where the washing on the lines and the clothes pegs all some to life.
Then to the mountains on the horizon, and back to the rooftops over the road, and hugely spectacularly – the white pigeons flying around.
His commentary was in Spanish, and full of enthusiasm and fun.
He was slow and carefully and clearly spoken though, and so it was easy for us to follow everything, and would been pretty easy without any Spanish because he was referring to places and people and things involving many of those 3,000 words that are pretty much the same in either language fall into place.
So instead of Aristotle, camera, invention and periscope – he was saying Aristóteles, cámara, periscopio and invención. Not hard to follow.
When we needed to ask a question he turned out to have excellent English, though fell over when trying to tell us that there were 8 of these in the UK (they are made by a British company) with one on Constitution Hill Aberystwyth which is the biggest Camera Obscura in the World! Spaniards can not generally say Aberystwyth but nor can most of us Brits.
For half an hour or more we were able to look at every tourist attraction, bridge, church and building for miles all around Seville, along with a commentary that made this experience the highlight of our stay, and a ‘must do’.
It was simple superb at every level, including the fun and laughter all three of we groups had, watching the children reacting, and listening to each other.
Written March 4, 2014
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discoverypark
Belfast, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
First, it's worth checking the opening hours - we ended up coming back the next day, because it was closed during the afternoon - so that you don't travel up and have to wait.

That said - wow! This was the most rewarding €4 we spent on our holidays. We were met at the door by a charming Sevillan, with whom we exhanged a few phrases of (on our part broken) Spanish. He explained that the tour would be conducted in Spanish, but the he knew 'poco Ingles'. So, we went upstairs, walked around the outside and enjoyed the view. Then, our guide summoned we and the other visitors to the camera obscura itself. After a brief line of questioning in Spanish as to where we all came from, he broke into flawless English, giving us a lengthy, detailed, facinating and frequently hilarious explanation of the camera obscura itself, and then used it to give us a tour of his native city, lasting nearly half an hour.

His enthusiasm both for the operation of the camera obscura, and for Sevilla herself, was completely infectious, and I think that everyone walked away from the experience suitably impressed. Obviously the Real Alcazar and cathedral are the main draws in Sevilla, but I would consider this equally worth the visit.
Written October 1, 2016
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Travela100
Cardiff, UK193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
Agree totally with the last reviewer:

For €4 (adults) you are getting. Reductions for under 13's.

1. Best view of Seville from the top of the tower. (There is a lift to the last 10 steps.)

2. Interesting guide to the obscura technology.

3. A guided tour of the city via the camera obscura.

The guide that runs this venue was the best guide i have ever seen/heard. (The 14:00 show on 11th August 2016.)

SPAINISH TOURISM MANAGEMENT!

DO YOUR COUNTRY A MASSIVE FAVOUR AND MAKE THE GUIDE THAT RUNS THIS ATTRACTION YOUR CHIEF EXECUTIVE!

Get the number 13 bus from the centre of seville straight here or walk. The number C3 and C4 also gp right past the door.

Like other reviewers say dont be put off if it seems closed. There will be a note on the door.
Written August 11, 2016
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Chris B
Greater London8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
The tower is easily accessed by a lift and then a brief flight of stairs which can be a bit daunting as the stairs are mesh so you can see to the bottom.
You are given about 10 mins to wander around the 360 degree narrow walkway outside to take in the views before the real treat begins.
A periscope in the roof captures everything in real time and projects the image on to a concave, horizontal screen (about waist height). The clarity of the images are top class. You certainly get a different view of the city - washing on roof tops, workmen on buildings, roof top terraces and pools etc. and up to 8km away!
The very friendly guide spoke perfect English and went into great detail as to what we were viewing and its location in the city.
Absolutely loved it!
We had great food at the cafe afterwards.
Written April 13, 2014
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Phil F
Wellesley, MA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
This is a unique experience. From the outside the Camara Oscura looks like any other tall tower you'd see in European cities. And there is a fenced-in observatory that provides a view of the entire city. What makes it unique, however, is the use of a "periscope" like device at the very top of the tower than projects an image onto a large dish. The operator controls the periscope and you see multiple views of the city in all directions -- close up and personal. It's very different and fun to experience. Because it's in Macarena, the views are not as breathtaking as from Giralda Tower which is right in the midst of the historic city center -- but it's well worth the visit. It's a 30-minute walk from Triana.
Written March 6, 2014
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