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Pilatos House and the Dueñas Palace

Discover the Casa de Pilatos and Palacio de Dueñas with the most complete Private Guided Tour with an Official Guide from Seville

Guided visit to the Pilatos House and the Dueñas Palace

The transition from the 15th to the 16th century was tremendously important for Spain. On the one hand, the Catholic Monarchs completed the Reconquest with the Nasrid kingdom of Granada, and on the other hand, the discovery of America opened the frontiers to the new world. This is the moment in which the Spanish nobility began to build palaces with the intention of residing in them, and it is in this context where two of the most important palace-houses that we have in the city of Seville appear: the Casa de Pilatos and the Palacio de Dueñas, which we will see on the guided tour.

Since 1481, D. Pedro Enríquez, Adelantado Mayor de Andalucía and his wife Catalina de Ribera, bought properties in this block to build a palace with the name of the family patron saint, San Andrés. They were inspired by the only palace existing in Seville at that time, the Real Alcázar. His son D. Fadrique, 1st Marquis of Tarifa, gave the building its definitive impetus in 1521 on his return from his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, from which he brought back his devotion to the Passion of Christ, which led him to establish an annual Via Crucis between his palace and the Templete de la Cruz del Campo, located on the outskirts of the city and which would become the forerunner of Holy Week in Seville, all of which aroused the popular imagination that identified the house with that of the praetor Pontius Pilate.

How could we fail to remember the verses of the poet Antonio Machado!

“My childhood is memories of a Seville courtyard”, alluding to one of the courtyards of the Palacio de Dueñas, which currently belongs to the Duke of Alba and is his Sevillian residence and for many years the favourite residence of his mother Cayetana de Alba. A model palatial house in the Mudejar-Renaissance style, built in the 15th century, with a marvellous courtyard with Gothic balustrade and Plateresque plasterwork. The name of the palace and the street are due to the old monastery of Santa María de las Dueñas founded by San Fernando and demolished in the last century.

In short, in this guided tour you can enjoy visits to the most important palaces of Seville, accompanied by an Official Tourist Guide for approximately three hours.

Visitas Privadas a la Casa de Pilatos en Sevilla. Guia Oficial de Sevilla. Reserva tu visita guiada a la Casa Pilatos de Sevilla.
Visitas Privadas a la Casa de Pilatos en Sevilla. Guia Oficial de Sevilla.

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    My aim is that you get to know my city in a pleasant and friendly way. All my guided tours are adapted to each visitor, taking into account their personal tastes. Seville offers a lot, a wide cultural heritage, a rich gastronomy or vibrant traditions. That’s why showing this city, not only requires knowledge but also knowing how to connect and move the public, and this is given by the experience of more than 25 years that I have been an official local guide in Seville. In Sevilla Walks you will find different types of tours always adapted to the public to which they are finally addressed.

    Manuel Campos

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