Seville – Santa Cruz – a visit to Hospital los Venerables

One morning I got up early to visit the Alkazar but the queues were still so long that I decided to do my plan B instead.

The Hospital los Venerables was a residence built for poor, disabled or elderly priests. It’s now an art gallery and tourist destination. Entrance was €10 in 2020.

The two storey building has a pretty internal courtyard with porticos running around the sides.

The entrance area and the internal walls are covered in beautiful ceramic tiles.

Painted ceilings and decorative cherubs complete the baroque look.

The beautiful church was built in 1869 and dedicated to San Fernando. Do click on these as the decoration is stunning.

Video here.

On the ground floor is a darkened gallery displaying paintings by Diego Velázquez and his contemporaries. Spain’s most famous Baroque painter was born in Seville.

Upstairs there was an exhibition of more recent works which included ‘Picador en la plaza’, a painting by one of my favourite contemporary artists, Fernando Botero.

So a few interesting things to see, and not as crowded as the Alkazar which I’ll leave for another time.

Heading south to Parque de María Luisa next…

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