I’ll be honest: there is nowhere in the world like Sevilla. Sevilla’s most popular attractions are probably the Alcázar, the cathedral, and the Plaza de España. However, if you spend a few extra days in the city and really dig into what it has to offer, you’ll discover some lower-key sights that will rock your world, like the city’s beloved “Casa Palacios,” or palace-mansions. These palaces are perfect microcosms of the city’s cultural, historical, artistic, and architectural legacies. Some of the most beautiful of these palaces in Sevilla are Palacio de Las Dueñas and Casa de Pilatos, which I describe below; however, Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija and Casa de Salinas are still on my list!
Palaces in Sevilla
Palacio de Las Dueñas
This is one of my favorite palaces in Sevilla – and honestly one of my favorite places on Earth. There, I said it. It also happened to be one of La Duquesa de Alba‘s favorite spots, too. This palace was one of the Spanish duchesses’s most beloved homes – she actually lived there. This lady was awesome: she was born in Madrid but loved all things Sevilla, Semana Santa, flamenco, and toros. I’m pretty sure she was my spirit animal. She also supposedly had more titles than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. #Respect. Although La Duquesa Cayetana passed in 2014, her son, now the Duke of Alba, opened the family’s gorgeous home to the public in March 2016.
The palace screams all things Sevilla in the best way possible. From the soothing sounds of the fountain in the garden of lemon trees to the typical Andalusian Mudéjar central patio, this mansion is Sevilla at its finest. Be sure to gawk at the tiles, plasterwork, and intricately engraved wooden doors and ceilings – all hallmarks of Mudéjar art and style.
The Garden (Patio de Los Limoneros)
Dueñas welcomes you with its fine Andalusian garden, characterized by fountains and lemon trees, or limoneros.
The Central Courtyard
The courtyard is the heart of the palace. It’s so beautiful – I honestly did not want to leave.
Salón de la Gitana
This room gets its name from the sculpture of a gitana flamenca, or flamenco gypsy, in the center of the room.
Rooms with Personality
These rooms have serious personality – because La Duquesa herself was a character!
Jackie Kennedy was one of the palace’s famous visitors. As an American, I LOVED seeing Jackie’s handwritten note to La Duquesa along with a picture of the two of them at a bullfight!
Casa de Pilatos
Casa de Pilatos is one of the best-known palaces in Sevilla. It’s actually known to resemble a “mini Alcázar” – and I’ve actually seen photos of the two places confused before, lol. This Casa Palacio is still owned and occupied by the Medinaceli family. Like the Alcázar and Palacio de las Dueñas, Casa de Pilatos features fine Mudéjar decor along with Gothic and Renaissance elements.
The Central Courtyard
Casa de Pilatos greets you with its arch-lined, statue-filled courtyard, complete with a sweet-sounding fountain.
Gold Coffered Ceilings
The ceilings in Casa de Pilatos are CRAZY! Not only are they intricately coffered – they’re also clad in gold!
I love me some palaces in Sevilla. Enjoy them!