Located in the southern Spanish town of Seville, the Alcázar or ‘Reales Alcázares de Sevilla‘ as it is known in Spanish is a royal palace which was built by the Moorish rulers who occupied the peninsula from the 8th century onwards. It is by and large considered to be one of the most outstanding examples of mudéjar art, born as a result of the blending of Moorish and European styles, to exist today. The oldest royal palace still in use in Europe, the upper levels of the Alcázar are still in use by the royal family as their official residence in Seville. The Alcázar was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. In addition, the Alcázar isn’t only a royal residence in reality, but in fiction as well, taking on the role of the Water Gardens, the private residence of the House Martell in the television show, Game of Thrones.
The Reichstag, in Berlin, was constructed to house the Imperial Diet (Parliament) of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Diet until 1933 when it was severely damaged after being set on fire. No attempt at a full restoration was made until after German reunification on 3 October 1990. After its completion in 1999, it once again became the meeting place of the German parliament. Visitors to the Reichstag can explore the rooftop terrace and the spectacular Dome with views across the city. The walkways spiraling to the top of the dome and down again form a double helix around the central mirrored core, and it is possible to look down into the debating chamber from the top.