2 Days in Seville
2 Days in Seville
Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions
In Maria Luisa park, many Sevillians spend their childhood. Plaza de América is home to the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions. But for the Sevillians who came here when they were young, Plaza de América is thought of as the square of the pigeons. The buildings and pavilions surrounding it were designed for the Iberoamerican Exposition of 1929. From the Costurero de la Reina (the Queen’s sewing room) there are routes to take which make it a pleasure to visit this part of the city.
Near the park is the Palacio de San Telmo, a former aristocratic mansion of the Dukes of Montpensier and then a seminary for the Archdiocese. Today, after a lengthy restoration, it’s the seat of the Presidency of the Andalusian regional government, the Junta de Andalucía.
Palacio de San Telmo
Barrio de Santa Cruz
The Casa de Pilatos
The Casa de Pilatos (15th to 16th centuries), shows the lineage of the Enriquez and Ribera families, it’s the tourist icon of this area of the city. Seville is a city whose rich heritage comes from the mix of different cultures. The Casa de Pilatos shows the filter of its different styles: Gothic-Mudejar, Renaissance and Romantic. Between the Sevillian palace house and the Italian ‘palazzo’, the curious name Casa de Pilatos refers to the Passion of Christ.
Within its walls was celebrated the Via Crucis of Lent, until popular devotion made it one of the fourteen stations en route to the Cruz del Campo. All along the modern street Calle Luis Montoto, you can see the tiled signs that marks the pious act of the Via Crucis.
Along this road you can still see the remains of the old pipes from Carmona, which provided the city with water for many centuries.