Views of Carmona from the Alcazar of the Puerta de Sevilla
Peeked into one of the battlements of the powerful defensive towers of the Alcazar of the Puerta de Sevilla, I look at the profile of the beautiful Carmona. As a beautiful and interracial woman, shaped by the different civilizations that settled in the area, it is illuminated under the intense light of a hot afternoon in early October.
Its skin, smooth and white, is formed by the small houses of snowy facades that dot the labyrinth of streets of its exceptional historical center. Curves and voluptuousness, put them - against all logic - the tall towers of the churches.
It is the first sight I have of the city and I want to meet it at ground level. Before, I turn on myself and observe, in the distance, the surrounding countryside. Tfertile ierras that made it one of the main cities of Roman Betica. But before the Romans, Phoenicians, Tartessians, Iberians and Turdetans settled here.
Carmona opened her heart to me like a book that you want to be read. Like that Never-ending story which, in Michael Ende's novel, Bastian finds in that old bookstore
The Alcazar of the Puerta de Sevilla
He main monument of Carmona It is the Alcazar of the Puerta de Sevilla.
Its origin dates back to the eighth century B.C., when a circular base tower was built that was part of a larger defensive complex. Something later, would be the Carthaginians those who would build a bulwark on the first tower, giving it a quadrangular appearance.
However, it was the romans those who, between the third and first centuries B.C., they gave him the strokes that identify with the current profile. They reinforced the fortifications, added the door on the north side and erected a temple on the bastion.
In this Roman era, the Alcazar of the Puerta de Sevilla became the key piece of the safest and most armored city of Bética.
The other great transformation would not come until century XVI, when you can already see two differentiated elements: he Alcazar (formed by the Torre del Oro, the Tribute and others) and the Seville Gate (formed by two doors separated by horseshoe and half-point arches).
In 1975, the Alcazar was restored and, more recently, its dependencies have been enabled for the celebration of different tourist-cultural events, being, in addition, headquarters of the Tourist Office of the city.
With all these historical backgrounds, walking through its rooms and walls is like doing it through the history of Carmona.
Carmona city museum