Torre del Oro

Price guide: Budget

Paseo de Cristobal Colon, Seville, 41001

Price guide: Budget

Torre del Oro
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#10 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Seville
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Singles, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Torre del Oro

Maritime museum of Seville's seagoing past.

Built in the early 13th century by the Moors as part of the city's defenses against the Christians, the 12-sided Torre del Oro, or Gold Tower, on the bank of the river by the Puente San Telmo, is one of Seville's most famous landmarks. It's name is said to come from originally having been tiled with gold (which may or may not be true), or because it was used as a store for precious metals arriving from the Americas. It has also been used as a gunpowder store and a prison. In the 19th century there was a plan to demolish it, but popular opposition saved the day. The riverside area around the tower was remodelled for the 1992 Expo, and it now stands alongside a pleasant riverside promenade. The museum inside the tower holds a collection of maritime exhibits from Seville’s seagoing past.

Price advice: 

2 euros, concessions 1 euro. 

Expert tips: 
The museum is quite small, and it doesn't take many visitors to get crowded.
Have a coffee at one of the pavement cafés and enjoy the view of Triana and the river.

More information on Torre del Oro:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Landmark / monument, Museum
Address:
Paseo de Cristobal Colon, Seville, 41001
Telephone:
954 222 419
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tue-Fri 9.30am–1.30pm, Sat & Sun 10.30am-1.30pm. Mondays and holidays closed.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor

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