Last updated on February 18th, 2024
Palacio de Dueñas
The Palacio de Dueñas is the property of the Noble House of Alba in Seville. A place which is full of history and art that you shouldn’t miss.
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The Palacio de Dueñas is a unique place that can only exist here, as a product of a love for life, Seville and Spain
One of the great monumental attractions of Seville is undoubtedly the Palacio de las Dueñas, a private residence owned by the House of Alba and a visit full of attractions that will arouse the interest of the general public for its historical, architectural, artistic value, for the importance of its furniture and the memories it houses, and for having been the habitual residence of the charismatic and recently deceased Cayetana de Alba.
The palace follows the usual models of the palatial homes that we find in Seville of the times, inspired by the Alcázar
In the historic centre of Seville stands this magnificent Renaissance palatial home built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries that takes its name from the disappeared Monastery of Santa María de las Dueñas on which it was built.
From its origins, it was owned by important noble families of Seville, until in 1612 it passed into the hands of the House of Alba thanks to the marriage of Antonia Enríquez de Ribera and Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, who would be the VI Duke of Alba.
The palace takes its name from the disappeared monastery of Santa María de las Dueñas, which was located on the adjoining site.
Of interest to visitors
The interior of the palace offers beautiful architectural remnants steeped in history. The most striking features are the Mudejar arches dating from the 15th century, the richness of the gardens and the chapel, with its rectangular floor plan and Gothic decorations.
The coats of arms of Enríquez de Ribera and Portocarrero are still on the lintel, and the typical Sevillian tile skirtings on the walls and altar, as well as several Gothic windows, have also been preserved.
In the arch of the main entrance to the palace, you can see the coat of arms of the Duchy of Alba on a tile dating from the seventeenth century.
We can see the main staircase, with its paintings of Napoleon III and Empress Eugenia de Montijo. Also the ballrooms or the Gypsy, Square, Posters and Reading halls, with works of art, furniture and family souvenirs.
You must discover its courtyards, the entrance courtyard, the main courtyard, the lemon courtyard, the oil courtyard, Santa Justa and the pool, which stand out for their lush vegetation, with centenary cypresses, ficus, lemon and orange trees.
Collection of works of art
The palace houses an important art gallery, mainly composed of paintings of Italian and Spanish schools, from the fifteenth century to the present day.
With important paintings, tapestries, sculptures, photographs, ceramics, archaeological remains, porcelains or furniture. Highlights include the Renaissance altarpiece of Saint Catherine of Siena by Neri di Bicci, which presides over the chapel, the tapestry by Willem de Pannemaker, José de Ribera’s Coronation of Thorns, and works by Aguissola, Carraci, Zuloaga, Luca Giordiano, Federico de Madrazo, Sorolla, Gonzalo de Bilbao, Romero de Torres, Carmen Laffón, Benlliure, Juan Miguel Sánchez, Gustavo Bacarisas and Enrique Marín Higuero.
The palace also has an interesting collection of bullfighting posters, costumes and other bullfighting objects.
The Palacio de Dueñas is also a small museum of paintings and sculptures, by first-class authors
You can also see a rich repertoire of Flemish tapestries, numerous pieces of furniture, including a large number of 16th and 17th-century bargueños and inlaid tables, bronzes, clocks and numerous pieces of sumptuary art. There is also a small archaeological collection.
A place with history
In addition to the history of the families that inhabited this house over the centuries, such as the former Duchess Cayetana de Alba, Las Dueñas has had illustrious visitors. One of the greatest Spanish poets, Antonio Machado, was also born here in 1875.
Illustrious personalities such as the Empress Eugenia de Montijo, the English politician and Hispanist Lord Holland, Edward VIII and his brother George VI, Alfonso XIII, Jacqueline Kennedy, Wallis Simpson, Grace Kelly and her husband Rainier of Monaco, among others, have visited or resided in the palace.
Practical information for your visit
Calle Dueñas, 5 – 954 22 09 56
Current hours: Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Access to the Palace and ticket sales at the box office ends 45 minutes before closing time. Spaces will be vacated 10 minutes before closing time.
Visits are self-guided. Guided tours must be booked through a company that provides this service: Guided tours:646156814
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