"A home that is a palace." Casa de Pilatos Tip by unaS

Casa de Pilatos, Sevilla: 19 reviews and 44 photos

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  • A home that is a palace. - Sevilla
  • A home that is a palace. - Sevilla
  • A home that is a palace. - Sevilla
  • Gardens of the house. - Sevilla
      Gardens of the house.
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  • Remains of frescoes on outer walls upstairs - Sevilla
      Remains of frescoes on outer walls upstairs
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Casa de Pilatos was built in 1521 by the Marquis de Tarifa after his trip to the Holy Land where, according to legend, he was inspired by the ruined house in Jerusalem from which Pontius Pilate is said to have governed.

The main entrance, modeled after an ancient Roman triumphal arch, is fashioned from bronze, jasper, and Carrara marble, and the overall effect is one of imperial Roman grandeur.

One of the most interesting aspects of this house is that it is two houses in one: downstairs is the summer home all in marble and gorgeous glazed ceramic tiles, open to the breezes, with gardens and fountains. Upstairs is the winter home with wood, rugs on floors, tapestries on the walls, tiny windows and huge fireplaces.

During the Black Plague (1649) and again during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) the house was used as a hospital. In order to fight infection the walls and floors were regularly washed with lime. This regretfully only served to almost completely destroy the frescoes on the walls. You have to pay for a guided tour to go upstairs. Photos are not permitted in the upstairs rooms, but downstairs you can take pictures.

Downstairs each room is entered from the central patio. Upstairs it is possible to go from room to room without stepping out of doors into inclement weather.

Address: Plaza de Pilatos
Directions: Barrio de Santa Cruz.
Euro 5 entry. Euro 3 more for guided tour upstairs.

Phone: 95 422 52 98
Website: http://www.sevilla5.com/monuments/pilatos.html

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  • Updated Nov 19, 2009
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