We visited Spain few years back, during our trip to Portugal. Although just across the border, Seville presented itself in a totally different light and enchanted us immediately. The architecture is grand, colourful and quirky at the same time, the narrow streets hide millions of shops and you can easily get lost between them.
My fascination with Spanish language is steadily growing since I started learning it seriously about a month ago. As I plan to put my feet firmly on the ground in South America in three years’ time, I want to make sure my Spanish is good enough to make new friends, order a drink and food and find nice place to stay. Ideally I would love to go and spend some time in Spain and do some Spanish classes over there, but the money do not grow on a tree and I must save for the travel to South America.
While wandering around the town we came across La Casa de Pilatos (Pilate’s House) – an Andalusian palace which serves as the permanent residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli. As this palace is known as a prototype of the Andalusian Palace, we decided to have a look inside.
The name of the palace has an interesting story – on 20 October 1520 Don Fadrique was back home from his trip through Europe and the Holy Land. The route for the Holy Cross, which run from the Chapel of the Flagellations of his palace to a pillar located not far from the Templete, or Cruz del Campo (The Cross of the Field,) located outside the city walls had 1321 paces – the same number as between the praetorium of Pontius Pilate from Calvary. At this time the Marquis’s palace, the Palacio de San Andrés, was not ready yet but later it became known as the Casa de Pilatos, because of the connection with the Vía Crucis (Way of Holy Cross). The oldest documents mentioning this unusual name is dated 1754.
Some people think that the name came from simple understanding that the palace was a copy of the house of Pilat. This is not true, although some of the rooms were named “Hall of the Praetorian”, “Chapel of the Flagellations”, etc – in accordance with the Passion of Christ.
The most famous part of the palace is its golden ceiling of Mudéjar honeycomb, made by Cristobal Sanchez.
The Casa de Pilatos is considered one of the finest examples of Andalusian architecture of sixteenth century Seville. It is open to the public all year round and it is worth seeing bearing in mind its amazing history and beauty throughout. The cost of visit is about 8 euros per person so it will not cut a big hole in your holidays budget 🙂