Torre del Oro - Sevilla, Spain
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member manchanegra
N 37° 22.944 W 005° 59.778
30S E 234709 N 4141508
Quick Description: The Torre del Oro is a dodecagonal military watchtower in Seville, southern Spain.
Location: Andalucía, Spain
Date Posted: 12/22/2011 2:41:13 PM
Waymark Code: WMDC0X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas
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Long Description:
The Torre del Oro is a dodecagonal military watchtower in Seville, southern Spain, built by the Berbers during the Almohad dynasty in order to control access to Seville via the Guadalquivir river.

Constructed in the first third of the 13th century, the tower served as a prison during the Middle Ages and as a secure enclosure for the protection of precious metals periodically brought by the fleet of the Indies, another possible origin for the tower's name.

The tower is divided into three levels, with the third and uppermost being circular in shape and added in 1760.
This tower has a lesser-known half sister: the Torre de la Plata, an octagonal tower.

The tower was one of two anchor points for a large chain that would have been able to block the river. The other anchor-point has since been demolished or disappeared, possibly from collapsing during the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake. The chain was used in the city's defense against the Castilian fleet under Ramón de Bonifaz in 1248 during the Reconquista. Bonifaz broke the river defenses and isolate Seville from Triana. The besieged Muslim city soon surrendered to the Christian forces.

At one point in the last two centuries the tower came under threat when the adjacent road needed widening, but faced by strong opposition from the locals the demolition idea was dropped. In 1868 it was put up for sale as scrap, but this too was vehemently rejected by the city's inhabitants.

Today the tower, having been restored, is a naval museum, containing engravings, letters, models, instruments, and historic documents. The museum outlines the naval history of Seville and the importance of its river

From Wikipedia
Bien:: Torre del Oro

Comunidad Autónoma:: C.A. Andalucía

Provincia:: Sevilla

Municipio:: Sevilla

Categoría:: Monumento

Website with information about the BIC:: [Web Link]

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