Torre del Oro in Seville
The Torro del Orro (or the Tower of Gold) military-like watchtower in Seville was originally built by the Berbers during the Almohad dynasty for access and control over the nearby Guadalquivir River. Built during the 13th century, the tower also served as a prison during the Middle Ages and also as a place of storage for precious metals brought by the fleet of the Indies during that era.
The tower has been restored in recent years, and is divided into three levels, with the third and uppermost being circular in shape. It also houses a naval museum that contains engravings, letters, models, instruments and historic documents. There is also an exhibit that outlines Seville’s naval history.
The tower is open to tourists Monday through Saturdays from 9:00am to 6:00pm and is located on the Paseo Cristobal Colon in Seville. Guided tours are also available.