In the Moorish period, when the exterior walls setting the limits of the Alcázar were built, the city walls protected its inhabitants, but also its orchards, its nature: the garden is not an isolated entity of the construction, it is already located in palaces that can be understood as a set of garden pavilions. The Alcázar of Seville is thus a succession of courtyards and palaces, open and covered spaces that alternate in any case where the garden is always present, in the form of plants or through its representation by artistic means.
The first of these spaces which we access is called the Patio del León. Its current name may be due to representation of that animal in the ceramics of Triana (an area of Seville with a guild of ceramic artisans) that appears on the entrance door to the Alcázar, but also refers to the legend that speaks of the presence of caged lions in the Middle Ages, palace guards and symbols of the royal power.
These animals are not now the ones receiving visitors but other natural elements, trees in this case: as you walk in to the left, two cypresses welcome you in a similar way as the ancient Romans communicated asylum and shelter to the traveler. This message is echoed in two great silk floss trees that come from America and are sacred to the Maya, located symmetrically as the layout of the garden itself, limited by hedges of myrtle. Mediterranean plants such as myrtle or laurel, that coexist with American plants, coming from different continents; introduce us to the scenic resort of almost a thousand years, created by different civilizations and networks of exchange that they established, which form the Alcázar of Seville.