First the Almoravids and, later, the Almohads made the city the capital of the Caliphate of Seville.

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Isbilia, the dream of Almutamid

Isbilia, the dream of Almutamid

First the Almoravids and, later, the Almohads made the city the capital of the Caliphate of Seville.

During the time in which Seville was the capital of the Almohad Empire in Al Andalus, from 1146 until shortly before its conquest by Ferdinand III in 1248, important construction work was done in the Alcazar and in the rest of the city. Caliph Abu Ya‘qub Yusuf, an educated prince who had grown up in Seville, undertook the first constructions. Between 1171 and 1172 he built a bridge between Seville and Triana, a new almunia, or residential palace, outside the walled grounds, called Buhayra, and he ordered the commencement of work on a new Great Mosque, larger than the old Umayyad mosque (today the Church of San Salvador). Later, the grounds of the Real Alcazar were also extended.

Cúpula de los Reales Alcázares

The Real Alcazar of Seville is a complex of palace buildings located in the city of Seville. Their construction, which began in the late Middle Ages, displays many overlapping styles, from the Islamic art of its first inhabitants, the Mudejar and Gothic of the period following the conquest of the city by Spanish troops to the Renaissance and Baroque of later reforms. The Palace is used as a residence for members of the Spanish Royal Family and Heads of State visiting the city. It was declared a World Heritage Site, together with the Cathedral and the Archive of the Indies, in 1987.

www.patronato-alcazarsevilla.es

La Buhaira

The Buhaira Palace was a new building and was significant for its gardens, orchards and the crops cultivated there, irrigated with water from the Caños de Carmona, an old Roman aqueduct. The Almohad zone is a small pavilion situated to the south of the great cistern and has many elements of a complex irrigation system and water features incorporated into the architecture. The water was brought from the Carmona aqueduct.

www.nochesdelabuhaira.com

 

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