Photographer's Note

Built in1184 on request of the Maroccan Calife Abou Yacoub Youssef El-Mansour, la “torre de la Giralda” is a superb contribution of the Almohades architecture to the beauty of Sevilha.

At this time, Andalusia was under the rule of the great Almohades dynasty which built the greatest muslim empire ever seen. The name Almohades means “those who state that God is One”.

Knowing this, we may better understand why the power and the wealth of this dynasty was mainly embodied in the building of religious architecture like this magnificient Sevilha Mosque made after the one originally built in Marakech which is called the “Koutoubia Mezquita”.

Now, the “Torre de la Giralda” is part of a fantastic architectural estate which is the Arabo-Andalus Sevillan cathedral with a unique mix of Al-Andalus foundations, covered of gothic elements. For instance, the minaret of the Sevilla mosque itself looked quite exactly the same as the Koutoubia minaret up to the addition of both the gothic bell-tower & the faith-statue during the “Reconquista” in order to turn the whole building into a catholic cathedral.

Taken late at night, there was at last almost no one left in the street...

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Additional Photos by Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 551 W: 273 N: 1552] (9271)
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