We visit the Real Alcázar de Seville, one of the oldest European royal palaces still in use. It was developed by the Moorish Muslim kings, captured in 1248 by Ferdinand III, and used as a royal residence since. It portrays multicultural influences: Islamic geometric patterns, textile-based concepts of Gothic Europe, and ancient Roman influences from Renaissance Italy.
I read from Chapter 27 in the Tao te Ching:
“A good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent upon arriving.”
“A good artist lets his intuition
lead him wherever it wants.”
Islamic influence – geometric patterns.
“A good scientist has freed himself of concepts
and keeps his mind open to what is.”
We walk through the maze.
“Thus the Master is available to all people
and doesn’t reject anyone.”
“He is ready to use all situations
and doesn’t waste anything.”
“This is called embodying the light.”
The water falls.
Outside, we see the Cathedral of Seville.
We leave the Real Alcázar to show you the place where the Via de la Plata leaves the Cathedral.
“What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man’s job?”
We return to the Cathedral. We are at the main door (Southern door). It is closed when we arrive.
From this door, turn left and walk around the corner of the Cathedral to West door. Turn right at the tracks and walk with the Cathedral on your right.
From the Tao the Ching:
“If you don’t understand this, you will get lost,
however intelligent you are.
It is the great secret.”
(The secret is beyond words — outside of plans, concepts, ideas.)
Walk along the tracks — we see chairs that have been set up. The parade will pass on Palm Sunday — the start of Holy Week.
Here is the west door — where the Way begins.
The shell on the ground signifies the Way.
Note the yellow arrow on the pole, signifying the Way. The yellow arrows in the city are obscure in places but lead to the Bridge Isabella II (also called the Triana Bridge). The Way crosses this bridge and turns right after crossing (there are some places with special “Via de la Plata” markers.) Gerald Kelly’s guidebook is fairly clear.
On the left, you can see the bull ring — across the Guadalquivir River.