The Golden Tower was built as a defensive tower in the
13th century, by the Almohad Dynasty at the end of the
Arabic period in Seville. According to some sources,
this tower owes its name, Bury al Dahab, its arabic
name, to the golden tiles which covered the structure.
Others state that the tower was used to store the cargoes
of silver and gold which arrived in Seville along the
river from America.
The area where the tower is located was the most important
harbour in 16th century Seville. Nowadays, it is the
Naval Museum of the city which houses the plans for
the tower, as well as models and paintings of different
Spanish navigators and ships.