Velazquez’s house was built between 1560 and 1570 and is one of the oldest and best known houses in Seville. In Velazquez’s time, Seville was a city of enormous wealth, a centre of trade in the New World, a very important ecclesiastical seat, the birthplace of the great religious painters of the century and a keeper of its art.
In 1598 Velazquez’s parents, Juan Rodriguez de Silva and Jeronima Velázquez, moved in, and a year later an artist who would conquer Spain with his art, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez, was born. The house remained a popular dwelling for the next four centuries. However, in the 70’s it was acquired by Sevillian entrepreneurs who, after a renovation, turned it into an M11 art gallery, where many artists were able to exhibit their works, such as Antonio Saura or Luis Gordillo, who were very prestigious in Seville at that time.
In 1984, Velazquez’s house was bought by two famous Sevillian couturiers, Victorio and Lucchino, who converted it into their atelier until 2010. Finally, in 2018, the writer and cultural manager Enrique Bocanegra and the engineer Enrique Piñeiro acquired the house with the aim of conserving it and opening it to the public as Velázquez’s Birthplace, an interpretation centre dedicated to the life of the author and his works. Work is currently underway on this spectacular project for the enjoyment of Sevillians and visitors alike.
Velázquez’s birth house is located in the historic centre of Seville, on Padre Luis María Llop Street, one of the most important streets in the old Moorish quarter of Seville. The house consists of 580 square metres divided into two courtyards, each with their respective fountains. Underneath the second courtyard there is a cistern, possibly of Moorish origin. It has two floors connected with a total of 12 rooms. On the other hand, if you already enjoyed Seville, we recommend you visit Malaga, with ours
It is located in the historic centre of Seville where we can find many tourist attractions such as restaurants and hotels as Ferrer stationery is located in the historic centre just 10 minutes from the station of Santa justa by Calle Juan Antonio Cavestany (2.1 km by car). Also, if the weather allows it, along this street and its mouths we can find many places of interest such as the restaurant La Catedral, the Giralda or the Hotel Sevilla Center.
13 minutes from the station from José Laguillo (by metro), and 21 minutes from the station along Calle Gonzalo Bilbao (exactly 21 km walking) walking along this street we can find the famous restaurant Taberna de Coloniales, the Hotel Inglaterra or another famous restaurant such as La Carboneria, there is also the option to rent a bicycle and head towards the station along Calle Juan Antonio Cavestany (1.7 km).
To visit the Casa Natal Velazquez it is necessary to book on the website. However, it is also necessary to wait as it is currently undergoing restoration work.
The aim is to convert Velázquez’s home into an interpretation centre dedicated to his life, work and times, like other geniuses of European culture.
The whole organisation leading the project is very committed to it, as it is an almost unique example of popular Sevillian architecture from the Golden Century. It is advisable to book guided tours well in advance.
Very close to the property we can find a variety of hotels such as: