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El Palacio de las Dueñas | What to see in Seville

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Immerse yourself in the historical and artistic richness of Seville through the majestic doors of the Palace of Las DueñasA monument declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1931, thanks to its unparalleled heritage value. Nestled in the heart of the city, this imposing palace, property of the illustrious House of Alba, stands as a silent witness to centuries of splendour and culture.

Not only is it a testament to historical grandeur, but the Palacio de las Dueñas also stands as a shrine to art. Upon entering its rooms, visitors find themselves immersed in a marvellous living museum, where each work of art tells its own story. Exquisite paintings, sculptures and decorative ornaments adorn the walls, creating an atmosphere that is both magnificent and moving.

Among the illustrious figures who have left their mark on this site are the renowned poet Antonio Machadowho was born in one of the palace's residences. This stately corner not only dazzles us with its architectural splendour, but also connects us with the literary muses that have marked the cultural history of Spain.

The Palacio de las Dueñas is not just a place to visit; it is an experience that goes beyond visual contemplation. It is a journey through the centuries, where the whispers of history and the creativity of great artists intertwine to create a unique and captivating atmosphere. Step into this cultural oasis, discover its well-kept secrets and let yourself be carried away by the magic that emanates from every corner of the Palacio de las Dueñas.

History of the Palacio de las Dueñas

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Main door to the Palacio de las Dueñas

The Palacio de las Dueñas was built between the 15th and 16th centuries and takes its name from the ancient monastery of Santa María de las Dueñas. However, later, passed into the ownership of the House of Alba in 1612..

During the 19th century the building was reinvented as a tenement house. Later, in the 20th century, it became a family residence and received numerous important visits. Specifically, on 26 July 1875, Antonio Machado was born in one of the rented flats in the palace of Las Dueñas..

The Architectural Splendour of the Palacio de las Dueñas: A Journey through the Ages

The architecture of the Palacio de las Dueñas is a captivating testimony to the artistic and cultural evolution of Seville over the centuries. This stately monument, which stands majestically in the heart of the city, presents a unique amalgam of architectural styles that embrace the historical richness of their legacy.

The first stones of this imposing structure were laid in ancient times, making it a direct witness to the dynasties that have ruled and shaped the region. Every corner of the Palacio de las Dueñas tells a fascinating story, where architectural influences from different periods intertwine harmoniously with each other. From Gothic elements that evoke the Middle Ages to Renaissance details that glow in the light of the Renaissance, the palace stands as a visual compendium of the eras it has passed through.

The very structure of the palace is a masterpiece of Andalusian stately architecture. The interior courtyards, with their ornate columns and intricate tiles, reflect the Moorish influence that left its mark during the period of the Reconquest. The vaulted ceilings, characteristic of Mudejar Gothic, testify to the elegance that characterised the nobility in the Middle Ages.

To enter each hall is to immerse oneself in a different chapter of Spain's architectural history. Rooms with high ceilings and plaster details, a legacy of the Mudejar style, contrast with Renaissance spaces adorned with frescoes and sculptural details. The stone and wood, skilfully worked, reflect the craftsmanship of the period.

Palacio de las Dueñas, more than a building, presents itself as a magical portal that transports visitors to bygone eras, where opulence and refinement were the norm. The careful restoration and preservation of the original architecture allows visitors to immerse themselves in an authentic experience, where every stone whispers secrets of ancient times. This architectural corner is not only a monument, but a window into the living history of Seville.

The Las Dueñas Collection

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The Palacio de las Dueñas, one of the most unique buildings in the whole of Seville, occupies an area of 9000 square metresThe most important parts of the palace are arranged around a hall, about two thirds of which have been built. The most outstanding spaces of the palace are arranged around a main courtyardIt serves as a gateway to several rooms that will reveal some of the palace's other hidden treasures.

This palace has several hallsa chapel and a large collection of works of art. In all these rooms you can find great works of art of the paintings, sculptures, tapestries, porcelain, antique furniture and archaeological remains. Some works of Spanish authors The most important works are by Juan Miguel Sánchez, Gustavo Bacarisas and Enrique Marín Higuero. 

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One of the most important halls is the Gypsy Loungepresided over by the sculpture of a dancer nicknamed "...".La pinrrelitos".made of bronze. Another of the salons to be highlighted is the one of the AntecapillaIt is home to a diverse collection of paintings, wrought ironwork, coffered ceilings, remains of frescoes and tapestries. The pictorial collection includes works from the Baroque period by Anibal Caracci y Lucca Giordanoor the school of Murillo.

However, of all the rooms, it occupies a privileged place among all the rooms. the Chapelplace of worship and devotion, with a special mention of the Our Lady of the Macarena and the Cristo del Gran Poder.

Patios and gardens of Las Dueñas Palace

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Main courtyard of the Palacio de las Dueñas

Other wonders of the Palacio de las Dueñas are undoubtedly its courtyards and its four spectacular gardens (the best known of which is the garden of the lemon trees), adorned with fountains. We would also like to highlight the Oil CourtyardIt was once used as an oil mill, or its stables.

It is important to mention that it is these magnificent gardens to which the Antonio Machado refers to in some of his poetry.

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Although the palace is still one of the residences of the current Duke of Alba, it is now possible to visit the palace and its gardens on a daily basis.and enjoy the family's impressive private collection. General admission is €12, although it is also possible to visit free of charge on Mondays (at specific times).

Before planning your visit, check the opening and closing times of the Palacio de las Dueñas. For more information you can consult the official website of the Palacio de las Dueñas

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