La Giralda: A harmonious blend of Moorish and Renaissance architectural styles

La Giralda - The bell tower of the Seville Cathedral

La Giralda – The bell tower of the Seville Cathedral

Giralda exterior
La Giralda is the campanile (bell tower) of the Seville Cathedral and a harmonious blend of two architectures – Moorish and Renaissance. The lower half is a Moorish minaret built in the 13th century, and the upper part is a campanile, i.e., the Christian bell tower built in the 16th century. The image shows the Christian half. As you can see, there are four stories overlaid on top of the original minaret, and a decorative sculpture representing the victory of Faith at the top. Although the new Renaissance-style structure was built 300 years later, the transition to the new addition appears smooth, and onlookers hardly notice the difference.

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