Spanish viewers tweet massively about the ‘Seville Alhambra’ blunder

by Lorraine Williamson
Alhambra Seville

Andalucia is a favourite destination for series and films. Its vast historical heritage and hundreds of monuments continue to attract producers from all over the world. Many want to set their creations in Andalucian locations. But sometimes there are ‘little confusions’ that do not go unnoticed by viewers.  

This involves one of the scenes of the TV series ‘The white princess’ by the American cable television network HBO. It was filmed in the Andalucian capital of Seville, however, the story is set in the Alhambra monument in Granada. A massive geographical blunder! 

The mistake attracted the attention of Spanish viewers in particular. Moreover, it can be found in the sixth episode of ‘The White Princess’, entitled ‘English blood on English soil’.   

Alhambra with the flavour of Seville

The Alhambra in Granada, but with a Sevillian touch is what the production team, must have thought when searching for locations to shoot the series. However, they have already shot other productions such as ‘Game of Thrones’ in Granada. During the search for a typical Nasrid atmosphere, the Alhambra emerged as the best location. The final decision, a historic mistake by the production, led to a mixture of derision and outrage on social media. 

‘If I’ve seen it, you have,’ tweeted historian Alfonso Poza, referring to a specific scene in the series, which deals with the history of the British royal family after the War of the Two Roses in the 15th century. In it, British royals, Elizabeth of York and Henry VII travel to Spain to secure the future marriage of their son. 

They are greeted by Rodrigo de Puebla, a Spanish diplomat of the time: ‘Welcome to the Alhambra’, he says. But when shown on screen, it has little to do with the Alhambra in Granada. But the gates lead them to the Real Alcázar in Seville. 

In fact, once inside the palace, the characters walk through some of the rooms of the supposed Alhambra. One of them is a Nasrid courtyard that could not possibly have been visited in the Granada monument: the Patio de las Doncellas, which is also in the Real Alcázar of Seville. 

The publication, which has garnered more than 2,000 ‘likes’ on Twitter, has also attracted hundreds of comments from other users, who have received the historical error of the production with a mixture of derision and indignation. One of the most commented on points was Princess Catherine’s dance, which was compared to Lola Flores and María Isabel. 

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