If you are going to visit Seville, do not forget to go to the Casa de Pilatos, an Andalusian palace that mixes styles and is considered the best noble building in Andalusia and an architectural gem.
It was built in the 16th century and its style is a mix between Mudejar and Italian Renaissance with romantic elements.
The Casa de Pilatos is located in the square of the same name and was the residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli. And it is one of the best places to see in Seville.
A little history of the House of Pilate
This beautiful palace was built at the end of the 15th century on the initiative of the IV Mayor of Andalusia, Pedro Enríques de Quiñones and his wife Catalina de Ribera.
Although he died before the works were finished and it was his wife who was in charge of continuing its construction.
If you are wondering why it is called Casa de Pilatos, we will tell you that its name has a very curious origin.
It is due to a Via Crucis that was celebrated in the 16th century between this palace and the Cruz del Campo, the distance between both points being the same as that between the ruins of the Praetorium of Jerusalem, the place where the trial of Jesus and Pontius Pilate washed his hands, and Mount Golgotha.
It must be said that the current Holy Week in Seville has its origin in this way of the cross.
What to visit in the House of Pilate
The Casa de Pilatos is made up of two courtyards, around which the entire construction revolves.
In the first place we have the entrance patio, which is reached through a Renaissance-style portal built in marble.
Then we find the main patio, a typical Andalusian patio with a fountain in the center and with different statues and busts of Roman emperors and other important characters that are distributed along the lower galleries of the patio and observing the different rooms that are spread around the patio.
Then the visit to the Casa de Pilatos continues up to the upper floor through a spectacular staircase richly decorated with colorful tiles that lead to the wooden dome that crowns the ceiling.
On the upper floor we can find different rooms where a large collection of paintings and tapestries direct our attention.
These paintings, dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries, perfectly decorate rooms that are very well decorated with period furniture.
Other places to see in the Casa Pilatos in Seville are the Chapel of the Flagellation, which dates back to the 15th century and has a Gothic style with Mudejar elements in its decoration, and the gardens, where you can relax and stroll around enjoying a visit that is not will leave you indifferent.
In total there are two gardens, the Big Garden and the Small Garden and both are really beautiful.
You can find more information on the official website of the Casa de Pilatos.