Its magnificent staircase dates from the 17th century, whilst the main monumental doorway and the building itself were completed in 1704.

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The Archbishop's Palace

The Archbishop's Palace

Its magnificent staircase dates from the 17th century, whilst the main monumental doorway and the building itself were completed in 1704.

Palacio Arzobispal The Archbishop's Palace stands on a site occupied by Roman baths, of which a vaulted chamber with alcoves - possibly the frigidarium - and the cistern of the Patio de los Naranjos have survived. The complex was donated by Fernando III to Bishop Don Remondo in 1251. This included "a group of houses in the Plaza de Santa María, with a cellar, a kitchen, a stable and a small interior grove". The palace we see today was built in the second half of the 16th century, when the layout was organised around two courtyards. Its magnificent staircase dates from the 17th century, whilst the main monumental doorway and the building itself, the work of Lorenzo Fernández de Iglesias, were completed in 1704. Profusely decorated double columns support a pediment with a large richly decorated balcony containing a pedestal and two vases.
Palacio Arzobispal Together with the Museum of Fine Arts, this palace, where Marshal Soult lived during the Napoleonic occupation of the city (1810-1812), is one of the finest precursors of the true master work of Sevillian baroque doorways, that of the Palace of San Telmo. Some of the most illustrious Archbishops of Seville include San Isidoro (540-600), whose work Etimologías, had a great influence in Medieval culture. Another relevant religious figure was Cardinal Marcelo Spínola (1835-1906) who, during the famine of 1905, begged from door to door to obtain food for the poor. He was canonised by Pope John Paul II in 1987 together with Sister Ángela de la Cruz (1846-1932), "the mother of the poor" and founder of an order known as the Hermanas de la Cruz. They were two of the most loved figures for Sevillians of the 20th century.

 

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