Palacio de las Dueñas

Seville, Spain

Palacio de las Dueñas (Palace of the Dukes of Alba) currently belongs to the House of Alba. It was built in the late 15th century in the Renaissance style with Gothic and Moorish influences. The palace is one of the major historic homes in the city of great architectural and artistic heritage. Today it is one of the most visited monuments in Seville.

The palace consists of a series of courtyards and buildings. The style ranges from Gothic art-Moorish to the Renaissance, with local influences in the bricks, shingles, tiles, whitewashed walls and pottery.

The palace is fitted with long passageways. At the top floor of the palace, there is a room whose ceiling is of an octagonal shape and is decorated with alfarje gold.

The entry door is of Mudéjar style. The palace was fitted with eleven patios, nine fountains, and over 100 marble columns. Of these, one patio remains, and it is surrounded by a gallery with columns. The Andalusian patio dominates the exterior of the property. At the entrance to the palace, in the main archway, there is the shield of the Duchy of Alba in tiles, made by Triana of Seville in the 17th or 18th century. The gardens also have very important unique species.

The courtyard garden, divided into four parts in keeping with its traditional Islamic style, includes tiled paths and a centralized raised fountain. The palace garden's lemon trees and fountain are recurring symbols in Machado's poetry. Behind the garden is a courtyard surrounded by arches with columns of white marble. The arch situated west of the courtyard in the lower galleries gives access to the building that was used as the chapel palace. The 15th-century chapel has fared badly during restorations. The chapel's altar contains several tiles with metallic reflections, typical of 16th-century Seville ceramics.

References:

Comments

Your name



Details

Founded: 15th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Spain

Rating

4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Barbara Miković (7 months ago)
Although everyone says that it is best to visit in the spring when everything is blooming, it was also wonderful for me in the late autumn with all the late flowers and so many beautiful oranges. I definitely recommend listening to the audioguide, which is free on the website.
Briony B (8 months ago)
Absolutely stunning, one of the top 3 highlights of my trip! Free audio guide included in your entry price, friendly staff and just very peaceful and beautiful.
Paul Williams (8 months ago)
Loved this visit. Went early in the morning. Was not crowded. Well organized audio tour. Beautiful gardens, beautiful interiors. And interesting stories about the people who lived and visited here. Highly recommended.
Sonya Miteva (9 months ago)
The palace has preserved its furniture and authenticity. You're immersing yourself in the past. There are several beautiful gardens in the complex. Very calm. I would recommend that they put up signposts for the way of tourists, most of them wander and pass the same room several times. You don't need to buy tickets in advance. There is a free audio guide.
Becky T (9 months ago)
Beautiful house and gardens that belongs to the House of Alba. The gardens aren’t huge but pretty to wander through. The house is beautiful, with rooms mostly off the central courtyard. Inside it felt a bit like an elegant version of my grandmother’s house - with her hobby knickknacks all around coupled with interesting historical pieces. There is a free audio guide with clearly marked points throughout, which also included signs with 1-2 paragraphs of key details. (Very well done.) There are also quite a few benches in the courtyard lining the walls, plus a few others scattered about. We came at 15:30 on a Monday and were surprised by the unmoving line, but came to realize it was because free entry started at 16:00 (Mondays only). Toilets available through the gift shop, and bottles of water available for sale there too.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Kakesbeck Castle

Kakesbeck is one of the largest medieval fortifications in Münsterland and the oldest castle in Lüdinghausen. The imposingly grown complex originated in 1120 as a motte, a small hilltop tower castle. After numerous changes of ownership, the castle was extended onto two islands, but it was not until the 14th century that it underwent significant alterations and extensions under the von Oer family. The estate experienced its heyday in the middle of the 18th century, when it covered an area of almost one square kilometre and consisted of five further outer castles in addition to the core castle, which were secured by ramparts and moats.

The well-maintained condition of the castle today is thanks to the late Wilfried Grewing, the former lord of the castle. The foundation named after him has been particularly committed to preserving the property since 2020.