The view from the Giralda, Seville, Spain

Climbing an 816-year-old bell tower in Seville, Spain

Our little Spanish holiday seems a long time ago now, so the high temperatures we’ve had in London this week have been most appreciated! There really is nowhere like London in the sunshine… anyway, back to Seville, and one of the highlights of our trip.

The Giralda dominates the skyline at 104.1m and you can climb to the top via a series of ramps, rather than the usual stairs. The passages were apparently wide enough for two mounted guards to pass though, though it gets tighter and tighter as you climb higher and higher!

Originally serving as a minaret, from where a muezzin would call the faithful to prayer, the Giralda was converted to a church following the Christian conquest of the city in 1248. The view is spectacular, of course, and includes other Seville landmarks such as the Alcazar (royal palace) and Plaza de Toros (bullring). If you’re lucky you may also spot birds of prey hovering around the rooftops of the neighbouring cathedral.

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