Hospital de los Venerables, Seville

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The Hospital de los Venerables of Seville, Spain, is a baroque 17th-century building which served as a residence for priests. It currently houses the Velázquez Center, dedicated to the famous painter Diego Velázquez. It is located in the Plaza de los Venerables, in the center of the Barrio de Santa Cruz and close to the, the Seville Cathedral and Alcázar.
In 1627, the Brotherhood of Silence decided to provide for elderly, poor and disabled priests. They rented a house where the priests were given shelter and assistance. In 1673, the brotherhood decided to build a new shelter for the same purpose; this was the Hospital de los Venerables.
The hospital was founded by Canon in 1675, to be the residence of the venerable priests. Construction began that year, under the direction of the architect Juan Domínguez. In 1687, the project was taken over by the architect Leonardo de Figueroa who completed the building in 1697. The church was built in 1689, and is dedicated to San Fernando. The hospital was funded by the brotherhood, charity and the monarchy until 1805 when the it could no longer be adequately supported.
In 1840, the hospital became a textile factory and the former residents were moved to the Charity Hospital. Complaints from the brotherhood led to a Royal Order in 1848, which returned their property and allowed the priests to return to their old home. The Plaza de the Venerables has been named after the priests since 1868.
The building is in the Baroque style with two floors. The hospital ceased to be a residence in the 1970s.
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  • Contrary to the notification on TripAdvisor, this is actually open. There is a lot of construction underway in the area which might give the impression that it is closed. We checked to make sure that....  more
    Contrary to the notification on TripAdvisor, this is actually open. There is a lot of construction underway in the area which might give the impression that it is closed. We checked to make sure that....  more »
  • Do not miss this exquisite church and the attached collection paintings. The small museum features an extremely well curated collection of about 15 paintings with blockbuster works by Velasquez (Sta.....  more
    Do not miss this exquisite church and the attached collection paintings. The small museum features an extremely well curated collection of about 15 paintings with blockbuster works by Velasquez (Sta.....  more »
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  • Such a lovely, quiet place with a wonderful history. It was a place where old, ailing priests were once cared for at the end of their lives. It includes a really stunningly beautiful baroque church, where you’ll perhaps like me, you’ll find yourself there all alone by yourself. Amazing paintings that are not to be missed. They’re in a room you might have to ask the curator to see. The guided audio tour is well organized and informative. Nice juxtaposition/contrast to the amazing, but chaotic, Alcazar
  • This is an almost hidden gem. A former respite place for elderly priests it now combines a mansion and a small beautiful church into a museum that exhibits some delightful and carefully selected works of art. The audio translations are succinct and informative

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