Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Giralda Seville


Colored Pencil on paper
16 x 20

The Giralda is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Seville in Andalusia, Spain.  The Cathedral, one of the largest in the world is a beautiful example of both the Gothic and the Baroque periods of Architecture. 

Two thirds of the tower reflect its Moorish ancestry as it began as the ancient minaret of the Almohad Mosque of Seville.  There are no stairs to the top of the structure; only 34 ramps that spiral upwards and were wide enough for the muezzin to ride to the top to issue the Islamic call to prayer. 

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