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Torre del Oro in Seville  

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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.


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The Torre del Oro, known as Gold Tower in English, is a dodecagonal military watchtower. This historic building was built in Seville in Spain by the Berbers to control entrée to Seville through the Guadalquivir River during the Almohad dynasty.... more This tower was built during the 13th century and used to serve as a prison during the Middle Ages. This is twelve sided tower is a watch tower and was supposedly used to be covered in gold tiles, which gives it its name, the Tower of Gold.
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