18th century houses make up the most important group of dwellings in the historic centre of Seville.

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18th century houses

18th century houses make up the most important group of dwellings in the historic centre of Seville.

Casas del XVIII 18th century houses make up the most important group of dwellings in the historic centre of Seville. The earthquake of 1755 destroyed many buildings and this, together with the Black Death epidemic of 1649 which decimated the city's population, led to the emergence of numerous empty sites in the centre. In view of this situation, as is described by Francisco Aguilar Piñal, orders were given to build on these sites and construction outside the walled area was not allowed while this space remained empty.
Trajano Of special relevance was the work carried out by Governor Olavide (1767-1775), a genuine promoter of the spirit of the Enlightenment, who commissioned the first plan of the city, carried out its administrative division, and urbanised the red light district in El Arenal (a project directed by architect Molviedro between 1772 and 1778).The typical original features of Sevillian houses were maintained with an apeadero (a courtyard for boarding and alighting from carriages ), a central court surrounded by marble columns supporting round arches, and a garden. The façades had balconies looking onto the street, the main one with a more elaborate design and usually covered by a protective slate roof. The attic, normally lower in height, with small windows, was traditionally used as the living quarters of the house servants. Many of the houses were crowned by a mirador as can be seen in the one at San Leandro, 8, which is one of the most beautiful of its kind. Although many of these houses are still used as family residences, some have been adapted for public use or transformed into blocks of flats.

 

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