Palacio de los Marqueses de la Algaba
Palace in Seville
The Palacio de los Marqueses de la Algaba or Palace of the Marquises of La Algaba is a historic building in the city of Seville, Spain. It houses the Centro de Arte Mudejar or Mudéjar Art Center of Seville. It is located behind Feria Market, behind ‘Mercado de Abastos’ or food market.
What can be seen at the at the Palacio de los Marqueses de la Algaba
One of Seville’s classic 15th century Mudéjar-style palaces of great architectural value with an imposing Mudejar Gothic doorway that is still preserved today.
Look out for the:
- Stunning carved stone first-floor windows looking over Plaza Calderon de la Barca
- The original coffered ceiling of one of the rooms on the ground floor
- Drawings formed by plant elements and coats of arms
- A tower with a structure similar to that of the Torre de los Guzmanes located in the municipality of La Algaba
- The lovely central courtyard with, which were supported by marble columns from Genoa, most of which have not been preserved
- The front of the building is of great interest and has two levels: the lower one is built with stone ashlars, and the upper one is decorated with polychrome tiles.
- The grandiose main staircase, which wasbeen painstakingly rebuilt.
Mudéjar Art Center at the Palacio de los Marqueses de la Algaba
The Mudéjar Art Center is a small museum showcasing Mudéjar pieces from the 12th to 20th centuries. It houses more than 100 pieces from various museums such as Mudejar stamps, a baptismal font, jars and various Mudejar utensils are exhibited. The pieces are supported by the captions in both Spanish and English which explain the origins and distinguishing characteristics of the complex Mudéjar style.
History of the Palacio de los Marqueses de la Algaba
The palace was commissioned by the Lord of the Algaba in 1474. The building passed to Don Francisco de Guzmán y Manrique, who expanded the palace and acquired a series of attached houses, which were added to the palace and it was provided with gardens. From this period, only the portal tower is preserved.
After the Napoleonic invasion and confiscations, the palace deteriorated and became private property. By the time of the Mercado de Feria was inaugurated, one part of the building had been transformed into a neighboring house and the other into the Hercules theater. Later, in the palace garden, the Arrayán summer cinema was installed, which remained until the 60s of the 20th century.
The building was restored by the Council between 1998 and 2002.
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Visiting Palacio de los Marqueses de la Algaba
10am-2pm & 6-9pm Mon-Fri, to 2pm Sat Apr-Oct, reduced hours Nov-Mar