The Alcázar of Seville (Spanish: Los Reales Alcázares) is among the most beautiful buildings I have seen so far. It is still the residence of the Spanish royal family when they visit Seville. Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site, next to the Cathedral and the Archive of the Indies, in 1987.
Originally a fortress of the Moors, the Alcázar has been expanded several times by Spanish Christian kings. Entering the building you have to face a labyrinthine sequence of rooms and courtyards decorated with arches, columns and domes in various styles and historical periods. I got lost several times.
Patio de las Doncellas, it means Courtyard of the Maidens, is the most scenographic place of the Alcázar. The name refers to the legend according to which the Muslims of al-Andalus claimed from the Spanish Christian kingdoms, as a tribute, 100 virgins each year.
Los Baños de Doña María de Padilla means the Baths of Lady María de Padilla and are rainwater collection rooms. These pools were named after María de Padilla, wife of Peter the Cruel.