On this day, we walked the riverfront for a 7.8 km loop that included two terrific historical sites/museums. But before I go on, a bit of our own history seems appropriate.
In Spring 2018 we visited the Museo de Oro in Bogota, Columbia. It contains 55,000+ pieces of gold and other materials from all the major pre-Hispanic cultures in Colombia. We were enthralled by beauty of hand-crafted ceremonial, ritual, decorative and monetary pieces. We were appalled by the waves of genocides undertaken by the Spanish invaders.
So it was bizarre to stand atop of a tower over the Guadalquivir river. imagining Cortes’ plunder laden ships appearing on the horizon and shouts of “La flota ha llegado”
Somehow, when I walked past the tower on 2009, got it stuck in my head that the name Torre de Oro signified the arrival of all that gold. However, the tower predates the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs by 301 years.
Constructed as part of the city walls, it was named Torre de Oro to reflects the golden shine it projects on the river.
Today, the Tower is much visited for its views of the city. The 3€ fee to climb up includes admission to a a tiny naval museum highlighting the great global navigation Which brings us right back to blood=soaked treasure, after all.