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Royal Alcazar, Seville, Spain

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El Real Alcázar de Sevilla, the Royal Alcazar of Seville in English, is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe.  It was originally founded in 913 as a Muslim fortress and has been rebuilt and expanded over time.

The outside isn’t very impressive, but we were blown away by some of the inside rooms including the courtyard above.  The detail on every wall and ceiling was mind boggling.  Chuck and I could’ve spent a few hours here taking it all in.  Unfortunately the kids weren’t as impressed and were pretty road weary after 4 days on the road (and on our feet).  They did perk up when we discovered there was a labyrinth made out of bushes in the garden.  We practically had to drag them out of there as they didn’t get to explore the entire maze.

Here are some of our favorite rooms:
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Up close of just one part of one wall.  They were all covered in this amazing work:

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The ceilings were gorgeous.  Every ceiling in every room was different.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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The outside gardens including the labyrinth:

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The outside of the palace:

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