Torre del Oro: Second level – Addition by Peter the Cruel

Addition to the Torre del Oro by Peter the Cruel in Seville, Spain

Addition to the Torre del Oro by Peter the Cruel

Addition to the Torre del Oro by Peter the Cruel
The diagram shown in the image is on display at the Maritime Museum housed in the Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold), situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River in Seville, Spain.

The Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold), an iconic landmark of Seville, is a tower with three levels, each constructed in different periods. Built by the Almohads in 1221 – 1222 to protect Seville from Christian attacks, the lower level is a dodecagonal-shaped watchtower. As you can see, each side has several vertically aligned embrasures built to enable 360-degree views. Check Plan and Elevation of the Moorish Section for more details.

Added by Peter the Cruel (1334 – 1369), the king of Castile and León, the second level is a smaller structure sitting above the Almohad tower. Like the Almohad tower, it is dodecagonal-shaped, but the Mudéjar style exterior is much more decorative with ornate windows, blind arches, and Sebka style decorative motifs.

Peter the Cruel used this tower to imprison nobles and house his mistress Aldonza Coronel. It is believed that he also stored his treasures here.

The third level is a smaller circular structure built much later in 1760.

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