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A Spanish palace or fortress of Moorish origin:‘the gardens of the alcazar in Seville’
- ‘The building is enclosed by imperforate walls, a favourite device of Moneo's that reinterprets the traditional form of the Spanish alcazar.’
- ‘And then he put steel to me, and forced me to come with him to his mountain alcazar, his huge palace.’
- ‘She began to wonder: if a video camera had been in that room at the Spanish royal palace, or alcazar, what would the stills that came before and after have looked like?’
- ‘With the fall of the caliphate in the early 11th century, power shifted to provincial centres and alcazars were built for local rulers, notably the Aljafería of Saragossa which dates from the 11th century.’
Early 17th century: from Spanish alcázar, from Arabic al-qaṣr the castle.
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