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 (ăl-kăz′ər, -kä′zər, ăl′kə-zär′)
A Spanish palace or fortress, originally one built by the Moors.

[Spanish alcázar, from Arabic al-qaṣr : al-, the + qaṣr, castle (from Latin castra, fort, pl. of castrum, camp; see kes- in Indo-European roots).]


(ˌælkəˈzɑː; Spanish alˈkaθar)
(Historical Terms) any of various palaces or fortresses built in Spain by the Moors
[C17: from Spanish, from Arabic al-qasr the castle]


(ˈæl kəˌzɑr, ælˈkæz ər)

1. a Moorish palace in Seville, later used by Spanish kings.
2. (l.c.) a castle or fortress of the Spanish Moors.
[< Sp < Arabic al the + qaṣr < Latin castra fortified camp]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Alcazar - any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moorsalcazar - any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moors
fortress, fort - a fortified defensive structure
palace - official residence of an exalted person (as a sovereign)
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It's possibly at its most powerful in the leafy arbours of the fabulous Real Alcazar, a Moorish fort converted in to a royal palace and one of the highlights of this sizzling (and I do mean sizzling, it can hit 45C in summer) city.
Lovely as the Alcazar was, it was time to move on the few yards to Seville's mighty cathedral, the third biggest in the world and featuring the soaring 344ft Giralda tower (www.
LUSH: The greenery of Real Alcazar IDYLLIC: Take a ride on the water VIEWPOINT: The mighty cathedral DISCOVERY: Nigel at Columbus's tomb MAGIC: Torre del Oro at dusk