A Walk To Casa Pilatos

Let me start by saying it is 104 degrees here in Seville.  Today was another fairly early day.  I was out of the hotel at 10:00 AM and it was already getting pretty hot.  I purchased a 2 liter bottle of water which I have since consumed, and started my walk to my final destination of the day, La Casa de Pilatos or Palacio de San Andrés o los Anelantados.  However, before going there I decided to visit the Plaza Salvador   

This plaza, was once the forum of Roman Hispalis. It’s dominated by the Parroquia del Divino Salvador, a big baroque church built between 1674 and 1712 on the site of Muslim Ishbiliya’s main mosque. The exterior is made of pink brick and stone and is a good example of what I’ve learned is called ornamental Baroque style.  It´s very pretty.  The interior of the church is vast and has some of the most beautiful side chapels of decorated carved and gilded panels behind the various alters that were carved I’ve ever seen.  Of course I’ll post pictures of the places I visited today.

After visiting the church I ventured around Plaza Salvador and then wandered over to the Plaza Nueva the very high end shopping district.  I was not moved to purchase anything.  By then it was time for lunch so I started waling toward the Casa Pilatos and found a nice little restaurant and had a nice mixed salad and more water.

Then it was on to the main attraction the Casa Pilatos.  Casa de Pilatos or, Palacio de San Andrés o los Anelantados, which is still occupied by the ducal Medinaceli family, is one of the city’s most glorious mansions. It’s a mixture of Mudéjar, Gothic and Renaissance styles, with a lot of beautiful tile work. There are part of it that remind me of the Real Alcázar although not quite a preserved.  There is a staircase to the upper floor that is supposed to house the most magnificent tiles in the building, and a great golden dome above. However, as it turns out visits to the upper floor itself, still partly inhabited by the Medinacelis, are guided. Of interest are the several centuries’ worth of Medinaceli portraits and a small Goya bullfighting painting.  And here was an unforeseen roadblock.  Every Wednesday the palace admission is free to Europeans.  That was OK I was more than willing to pay the 6 Euros to gain entrance which I did.  However, in order to visit the upper floor you need a guide and there are no guides on Wednesday so I was not able to go to the upper level.  I may have to venture back there before I leave Seville.

Tomorrow my plan is to get up early, head to the train station and take a day trip to Córdoba.   It just 75 mile, 45 minute train ride.  I know I´ll only be able to see a couple of sights at most but I at least want to visit there before heading to Granada on Saturday.

I´m using the Lonely Planet Guide To Spain and the Michelin Guide To Andalucia as my reference material.

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