During the guided tour “City Palaces in Seville” you will look behind the palace walls of breathtaking mansions.
Old noble families have left behind magnificent palaces in the old town, some of which can be visited. On hot summer days, the gardens of the palaces are ideal places to escape the Sevillian heat.
Casa de Pilatos
The Casa de Pilatos, today owned by the House of Medinaceli, originated in the 15th century and is the highlight among the private city palaces. Built in the Gothic and Mudejar styles, it was soon joined by the first Renaissance elements seen in Seville. Statues and busts from Naples dating back to Roman times underline the architecture. Walls decorated with tiles and the staircase delight visitors just as much as the artistic wooden ceilings and stucco-decorated walls. The gardens offer relaxation and peace, where nature and art merge together.
Palacio de las Dueñas
The Palacio de las Dueñas dates back to the 15th century and was the last residence of the Duchess of Alba, who died in 2014. Personalities like Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Rainier von Monaco were guests here.
The inner courtyard is the highlight of the building. From there, the private rooms of the Duchess on the ground floor can be visited, such as the library with an original drawing by Dalí, the painting room or her collection of objects from the world of bullfighting. The manor house, too, has an important collection of paintings, sculptures and tapestries.
The extensive palace gardens with their lemon trees have already been described by the Sevillian poet Antonio Machado in his works.
Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija
The Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija was the residence of the Countess of Lebrija, a keen amateur archaeologist, in the 20th century. She started archaeological excavations in the nearby Roman town of Italica (today Santiponce). The mosaics found were incorporated into the palace and today represent the best preserved collection of Roman mosaics in Seville. The inventory also includes valuable wall tiles from the 16th and 18th centuries, wooden ceilings and art objects from the Moorish and Renaissance periods.
- • Duration: each approx. 1 hour. I would be happy to put together a customised tour for you.
- • Monday - Sunday (Lebrija only forenoon on Sunday)
- • Entry tickets and headphone systems are not included in the price.
- • Headphones are mandatory for 8 persons or more.