Seville, Spain – Travel with Ken MacAdams Part Two

Link to Part One Seville, Spain

No visit to Seville is complete without a visit to the Royal Alcazar.  Originally a 10th-century palace for the governors of the local Moorish state, this is Europe’s oldest still in use palace.  Rebuilt in the 14th century by the Christian king Pedro I (by Muslim workmen), it features spectacularly decorated halls, courtyards, and gardens.
alkazar by ken macadams In the Garden Pool was a small statue of Mercury.  This pool was fed by a 16th-century aqueduct.
There are distinctive Islamic-style flourishes seen in the archways, walls, and ceilings.  As you enter, you’ll pass a rough stone wall, remnants of an older Moorish fortress, circa A.D. 913.
alkazar by ken macadamsThis image shows the painstaking attention to detail recorded on the walls and ceiling of the Hall of Ambassadors. All photos in this post © Ken MacAdams
In the Admiral’s Hall, Columbus recounted his travels, and Ferdinand Magellan planned his around-the-world venture.  Queen Isabella realized Columbus’s New World discoveries could be big business.  Here resides a model of Columbus’ flagship, the Santa Maria.  In the center of King Pedro’s palace is the Courtyard of the Maidens, a big courtyard with a long pool in the center.
alkazar by ken macadamsThe Moorish doorways were left intact by the Reconquista Christians.  Note the intricate detail in each arch.
Feeling his Alcazar a bit stark, the king hired Muslim workers from Granada – home to the famed Alhambra – to recreate its romance.  This palace is considered by some as Spain’s best example of the Mudejar style.  Subsequent kings, Philip II, and Charles V added their touches throughout the palace.
Seville, Spain part three Next Friday.
Ken has always loved to travel, so when he made a common connection with the fact that either a long day pounding the streets of some foreign city, or shooting the last dance at a wedding,  a good part of his physical ken macadams head shotweariness came from lugging around his big heavy DSLR. That’s when he started looking at alternatives – and ended up selecting Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds gear.
Ken is rarely without a camera, and the next great photo travel experience – whether local or abroad – is always in the back of his mind!  A longtime resident of the Four Corners, and when he’s not out on the road, he enjoys some of the great outdoor opportunities found there – mountain biking, hiking, and Jeeping.

Ken shares his travel photography and stories here on Successful-Photographer. Ken’s camera of choice is Panasonic’s flagship stills camera the Lumix G9 with the Leica DG Vario-ELMARIT Professional Lens, 12-60MM, F2.8-4.0