Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold) is a military watchtower situated in Seville, Spain. It was constructed in the 13th century by the Almohad Caliphate in order to control access to Seville via the Guadalquivir River. It got its name from the golden shine it is said to have projected on the river, which was down to the building material used which was a mix or mortar, lime and hay. The tower, which served as a prison in the Middle Ages has been expanded and improved over the years and is well kept today. It is currently used as the home of a Naval Museum.
The watchtower is situated in the city centre of Seville, just by the river. By tram or metro, travel to the ‘Puerta de Jerez’ stop which is a short walk away.
Opening Times and Admission
The museum in the tower is open seven days a week, Monday to Friday 9.30am-6.30pm and Saturday to Sunday 10.30am-6.30pm. Tickets are priced at 3 euros except for Mondays when entry is free to all. As well as learning about the local naval history you can climb the stairs to the top of the tower for an elevated view of the city.