La Giralda

La Giralda was originally built as the minaret for the Great Mosque of Seville, Spain during the Almohad dynasty. The minaret was originally topped with four precious metal spheres (seen faintly in the drawing). It also contains a series of winding ramps to accommodate “beasts of burden, people, and the custodians,” according to contemporary accounts. These ramps can also be seen through the brickwork of the drawing. After the Reconquista of 1248 the mosque was repurposed as a cathedral. After an earthquake the minaret became the bell tower of the church. The current form is topped by a Renaissance structure completed in 1506. This 14th drawing in the project was first shown at Lawrence University in 2019.