Monday, 24 October 2016

SEVILLE: Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija

For me one of Seville's gem's is the Palace of the Countess Lebrija.  If you like houses and interiors you'll find this one tucked away in the historic city center on the Calle Cuna.  The Palace was built in the 16th century but remodeled in the 19th century and is mainly noted today for its impressive Roman mosaic floors.  The late Countess Regla Manjón Mergelina who acquired the property in 1901 was really passionate about historical artifacts and bought the mosaics from archaeological sites, where they were installed between 1901 to 1914. A real labour of love and commitment  She was also an avid collector of busts, art objects, etc which are displayed throughout. The spectacular Mudéjar style patio and brightly tiled rooms are really something else as you can seen from the photographs below.  It was opened to the public in 1999, and unlike the Alcázar, it's the homely touches that bring it alive. Sadly we couldn't see the upper floors as the tour wasn't scheduled until the afternoon, but every space that we did see was spectacular.

"Houses have their own countenance.  They have souls.  They have something indefinable, born of an idea or feeling. Now, renovated and embellished, it is the short compendium into which my whole life has been condensed." ~ Countess de Lebrija