'Alcazar de Seville', c 1841.
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An engraving by Riffaut from an original daguerreotype of a fountain in a courtyard of the Alcazar in Seville, Spain, by Parisian optician N P Lerebours. King Pedro I 'The Cruel' (1334-1369) of Castile built a royal palace on the site of Seville's former Moorish alcazar or fortress. The palace was decorated by Moorish artisans from regions of Spain not yet reconquered at the time by the Christians. Tiles and elaborate carvings decorated almost every interior surface. The Alcazar is one of the finest examples of Mudejar architecture in Spain. Illustration from 'Excursions daguerriennes, reprEsentant les vues et les monuments les plus remarquables du globe' (Daguerreian Travels, representing the most remarkable views and monuments in the world), (Paris, 1841-1844).