While in Sevilla I saw a combination of Moorish and Roman influences on the architecture of the city. The palace was largely of Moorish influence and had subtle Roman influences. One example is the little, I guess you can call them, pools of water used to wash the hands and feet before going to pray. The entire palace was covered in tile, and I mean everywhere, the floor, the walls, and the ceiling. They used tiles because they help to keep the palace cool during hot summer days, which is a given in Sevilla.
The cathedral was a whole different story. The entire outside of the church was completely of Moorish influence. But when you stepped inside the church the Roman influences appear. When Sevilla, the last Moorish kingdom in Spain, was finally taken, Catholicism was built on top of the Moorish architecture inside the church. The reason the Catholics didn’t tear down the church was that it was so big and to most the bigger something is the more power it has. So the Catholics wanted newcomers to see how much power they had by keeping the outside of the church the way it was. On the inside of the church there were organs and many large and small structures that adorned the walls of the church. Everything had so much detail put into it that it is no wonder it took so long for it to be completed.
By Ashley Morrow