Exterior

Giralda

It has the internal structure of the Almohad minarets and the exterior decoration that will continue to be used for centuries in most of the Mudejar bell towers. It is composed of a central prism of square base, surrounded by the four external walls. Between both structures are located the ramps of rise, which in the case of this tower and for its great size, allowed even the access to horse. The exterior decoration is based on bíforas, with alfices, mixtilíneo cuts and horseshoe arches, lobed and angrelados. In the side panels, there are blind arches in which various designs of “kaft wa’daraj” are initiated. The body of bells and those that mount on it constitute a prodigious structure and the best of the bell towers of the European Renaissance. It is crowned by a large rotating bronze statue, since it functions as a vane which, thanks to its rotating character, has received the name of the Giralda from the beginning of the 17th century, supplanting its original name “Victrix fidei colosum”, to become the current “Giraldillo” Since its popular name extended to the complete tower.