The City Council of Seville owns and administers the Alcazar but it is also the oldest royal palace still in use today. The Spanish Royal Family uses the palace occasionally today and it is also a place for meeting and greeting dignitaries from all over the world.
General Archive of the Indies
This building dating from 1572 was included in the UNESCO designation for the Cathedral and Alcazar because of its unusual Italianate Spanish Renaissance architectural style and because of its invaluable contents. The building was originally the Merchant’s Exchange, the stock market of the region. It is now the repository for records of Spanish colonial history while the Empire explored, conquered and colonized the Americas and the Philippines. It is a treasure trove for historians, geographers and geologists, ethnologists and anthropologists.
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