We spent the entire morning at the Real Alcázar (Royal Hunting Ground) here in Seville. Well over a thousand years old, this palace and gardens has sections dating all the way back to the Islamic era when Spain was controlled by the Muslims. Different parts of the Alcázar are from the different eras, all the way up to the 1900s!

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The courtyard when you first walk in connects the three main buildings and sets the tone for the rest of your visit. All those intricate carvings are made out of stone!

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Check out that level of detail!

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It keeps going…

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And going…

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And going!

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The more “modern” section includes the apartments where the Royal family of Spain lives when they’re in Seville.

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It includes several historical rooms, such as this one displaying giant medieval tapestries,

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the Royal Chapel, where the Royal family would have worshiped,

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and this room, the headquarters of the Admiral of the Spanish Armada! This is where famous explorers such as Magellan and Columbus would have planned their voyages.

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Behind the entire thing, there is a HUGE garden! It’s easily several times the size of the palace itself.

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This is maybe 1/10 of the part we saw (and we didn’t even go through the whole thing!)

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There were lots and lots of fountains and pools.

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It was especially pretty with the different parts of the building with their contrasting architecture behind everything!

Altogether, I have to say I think it was honestly one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m so glad we had a chance to go!

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