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Notes on the Geography of Spain: Seville: Photo 3

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The Giralda Tower, now a cathedral bell tower, was built as a minaret. Date: 1184-96.  Unlike the cathedral in Cordoba, which rises in the middle of the former mosque, the great mosque of Seville was destroyed to make way for the cathedral. The tower's massive footprint--a square 50 feet on a side--is said to be modeled on that at Kairouan, in Tunisia; inside, there are ramps wide enough for two horses to climb the tower abreast. 

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