Exploring the Royal Alcázar of Seville, Spain with Tiago Neiva

Exploring the Royal Alcázar of Seville, Spain with Tiago Neiva


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A trip to Spain would be incomplete without a visit to the Royal Alcázar, nestled in the historic city center of Seville. The charming gardens and magnificent architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage site draw millions of visitors annually. Join a local expert as we virtually explore this Alcázar’s historical context and take a closer look at its breathtaking gardens, fountains, pavilions, and galleries.

During our time together, we will journey back in time to experience the evolution of this glamorous palace compound, from the Roman Empire to the present day. We will trace the steps of its architects and its Royal occupants.

Led by an expert on Architecture and Art History, Tiago Miranda Neiva, this interactive seminar will teach us the history, evolution, and many construction phases of the Alcázar of Seville. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away from our conversation with a deeper knowledge of the Royal Alcázar and the Islamic-Christian power balance in Seville.

To explore Tiago's additional seminars about Spanish and Portuguese history and culture, please click here. 

Tiago Miranda Neiva was born and raised in Lisbon. He studied architecture in Rome and worked later in distinct offices in Portugal and Spain. For several years he was Professor of Arts and Art History, having a Master's degree in Teaching of Visual Arts. He is currently working towards a PhD focused on the Art and Architecture of al-Andalus: the confluence between the Arab, Jewish and Christian medieval world. In recent years he has been working as a tour guide in his hometown, seeking to show and reveal its most intimate secrets through an authentic and passionate local vision.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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A. (Porto Alegre, BR)
Now I must go back to the Royal Alcazar!

Tiago is clearly passionate about sharing his profound knowledge on the subject. The introduction he provided about the historical context and the evolution of the occupation of Andalucia and of the City of Seville itself allowed us to better understand this complex of buildings and gardens that have a long history and many architectural styles juxtaposed, explaining how to identify the architectural style of each part of the complex and then infer when it was built or renovated. His creative PPT presentation was of great help. Showing the photos of the places concomitantly with the diagram which highlighted in different colors where within the complex the building to which the photos referred was located gave us the sensation of a true virtual tour by giving the felling that we were actually walking through the Royal Alcazar. The photos themselves were also superb and illustrated perfectly the features he was describing. I have already been to the Royal Alcazar of Seville a couple of times but now I feel I must go back dully “armed” with the knowledge Tiago provided. Certainly, it will be a much richer and more significant experience.

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B.G. (Briarcliff Manor, US)
Another wonderful lecture from Tiago Neiva

This was wonderful. Tiago puts everything into perspective so you understand what you are seeing and its place in history and the chronology. That is so important. Anyone can just describe the rooms in the Alcazar. Tiago explains the meaning and importance.

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B.B. (Casper, US)
Seville y el Alcázar

Tiago, as always, gave an excellent seminar on the history, architecture, design of el Alcázar.

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T.L. (Brussels, BE)
The charming complexities of Real Alcázar

Once again, Tiago Neiva takes the listener through the complex chronological traces of an architectural masterpiece in a digestible version. He points out the main facts and figures, gives a structure to what you’re seeing and puts it into context. Lot’s of lovely visuals and as always, a highly personal, heartwarming pedagogical style. I keep coming back for more!

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J. (Vancouver, CA)
Seville must visit

Tiago did a very thorough "tour" of the Alcázar with excellent diagrams about its long development. Certainly gave us a real flavour for the history of the site and a desire to visit it. Also helped me understand what "Mudéjar" actually means.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
86%
(6)
0%
(0)
14%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
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A. (Porto Alegre, BR)
Now I must go back to the Royal Alcazar!

Tiago is clearly passionate about sharing his profound knowledge on the subject. The introduction he provided about the historical context and the evolution of the occupation of Andalucia and of the City of Seville itself allowed us to better understand this complex of buildings and gardens that have a long history and many architectural styles juxtaposed, explaining how to identify the architectural style of each part of the complex and then infer when it was built or renovated. His creative PPT presentation was of great help. Showing the photos of the places concomitantly with the diagram which highlighted in different colors where within the complex the building to which the photos referred was located gave us the sensation of a true virtual tour by giving the felling that we were actually walking through the Royal Alcazar. The photos themselves were also superb and illustrated perfectly the features he was describing. I have already been to the Royal Alcazar of Seville a couple of times but now I feel I must go back dully “armed” with the knowledge Tiago provided. Certainly, it will be a much richer and more significant experience.

B
B.G. (Briarcliff Manor, US)
Another wonderful lecture from Tiago Neiva

This was wonderful. Tiago puts everything into perspective so you understand what you are seeing and its place in history and the chronology. That is so important. Anyone can just describe the rooms in the Alcazar. Tiago explains the meaning and importance.

B
B.B. (Casper, US)
Seville y el Alcázar

Tiago, as always, gave an excellent seminar on the history, architecture, design of el Alcázar.

T
T.L. (Brussels, BE)
The charming complexities of Real Alcázar

Once again, Tiago Neiva takes the listener through the complex chronological traces of an architectural masterpiece in a digestible version. He points out the main facts and figures, gives a structure to what you’re seeing and puts it into context. Lot’s of lovely visuals and as always, a highly personal, heartwarming pedagogical style. I keep coming back for more!

J
J. (Vancouver, CA)
Seville must visit

Tiago did a very thorough "tour" of the Alcázar with excellent diagrams about its long development. Certainly gave us a real flavour for the history of the site and a desire to visit it. Also helped me understand what "Mudéjar" actually means.