Another beauty among the palaces in Seville is the Casa de Pilatos. Palace located in the Plaza de Pilatos. Magnificent and famous for its tiles, with 150 different glazed tiles, it is the work of brothers Diego and Juan Pulido. The tiles make up the largest collection of azulejo tiles in the world. The palace represents great wealth, and it is also decorated with a beautiful courtyard in the Italian style. The palace plateau is spacious with extraordinary arches and a fountain, and as you walk through the courtyard you will encounter 24 sculptures of Roman emperors and Greek gods.
This Andalusian beauty is a combination of different architectural styles, but it is mostly copied as an example of the Renaissance style with Mudejar and Gothic elements. It represents the residence of the duke of Medinaceli. The interior of the palace is characterized by marble columns, expensive art paintings, long corridors, mudejar tiles, wooden doors, and some of the best marble sculptures can be found here, while the garden stands out with very beautifully landscaped paths, green space, flowers and fountains.
During the 16th century, the palace was built by order of Don Pedro Enriquez, then the construction was continued by his son Fadrique Enrique de Ribera. He was inspired by the house of Pontius Pilate. During his pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Fadrique Enriquez de Ribeiro found inspiration in the house of the same name. Namely, it is believed that he discovered on his pilgrimage that the distance between Pontius Pilate's house and Golgotha, the place of Jesus Christ's crucifixion, was equal to the distance between his palace and the temple located outside the walls of the Cruz del Campo.
The palace was renovated in the 19th century, which additionally made it stand out among all other palaces and become even more picturesque.
When visiting the palace, it is possible to choose which parts of the palace you want to visit, there is a possibility to visit only the ground floor together with the upper floor. If you want to visit the upper floor, it is only possible with a guide and you must have a ticket that refers to the complete tour of the palace. Through a visit to the palace, you will get to know the history of Spain and the stylistic trends that dominate the palaces. Be sure to visit the chapel as the oldest part of the palace, the mosaics in the chapel are enchanting.
It served as an inspiration to many directors, so a large number of film scenes were filmed in this place, and one of the more famous scenes is certainly from the movie The Knight starring Tom Cruise. The palace was also used in the films "Conquest of Paradise", "Kingdom of Heaven" and "Lawrence of Arabia".
from €6 to €10
Free admission: Wednesdays from 15:00 to 19:00.
from November to March it is open for visits from 09:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
during the summer it is open from 09:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m
Author of the text:
Maja Glavaš, Bachelor with Honours in Communicology. Works in Tourism.
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photo credit: Ajay Suresh from New York