Velázquez’s house was built between 1560 and 1570 and is one of the oldest and best known houses in Seville. In Velázquez’s time, Seville was a city of enormous wealth, a centre of trade in the New World, a very important ecclesiastical seat, a cradle of the great religious painters of the century and a keeper of its art. In 1598 Velázquez’s parents, Juan Rodriguez de Silva and Geronima Velázquez, moved in, and a year later an artist who would conquer Spain with his art, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez, was born. The house remained a popular dwelling for the next 4 centuries until the 1970s when it was acquired by Sevillian entrepreneurs who, after a renovation, converted it into an M11 art gallery, where many artists were able to exhibit their works, such as Antonio Saura and 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 workshop until 2010. Finally, in 2018, the writer and cultural manager Enrique Bocanegra and the engineer Enrique Piñeyro 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 Maria Llop Street, one of the most important streets in the old Moorish quarter of Seville. The house consists of 580 square metres spread over two courtyards, each with their respective fountains. Under the second courtyard there is a cistern, possibly of Moorish origin. It has two floors connected with a total of 12 rooms.
It is located in the historic centre of Seville where we can find many places of tourist interest such as restaurants and hotels as the stationery Ferrer is located in the historic centre just 10 minutes from the station of Santa justa by Calle Juan Antonio Cavestany a (2.1 km by car) also if the weather allows us 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 Carbonería, there is also the option to rent a bike and head towards the station along Calle Juan Antonio Cavestany (1,7 km).
To visit the Casa Natal Velázquez it is necessary to book a place through the website but you will have to wait as it is currently undergoing restoration, the project will take two months to be completed, the aim is to convert Velázquez’s home into an interpretation centre dedicated to his life, work and times, as other geniuses of European culture have. The entire organisation leading the project is very committed to it and is working tirelessly, as it is an almost unique example of popular Sevillian architecture from the Golden Century.
The Casa Natal Velázquez Museum is very close to opening its doors to the public, so we recommend that you book your guided tours well in advance. For more information visit the website www.casanatalvelazquez.com or contact by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Very close to the property we can find a variety of hotels such as:
Rental Sevilla Historic House, in Seville offers accommodation with free WiFi 700 metres from Santa Maria La Blanca Church, less than 1 km from La Giralda and Seville Cathedral and a 13-minute walk from Alcazar Palace. It is 2.2 km from Plaza de Armas Square and 2.7 km from Plaza de España Square and just 0.2 km from Velazquez’s Birthplace (Miguel Cid, 71, 41002 Seville).
The Boutike Guesthouse, this simple hostel, in a classic building, is a 5-minute walk from Casa de Pilatos (a palace of artistic interest), a 9-minute walk from Seville Cathedral and 4 km from Isla Magica amusement park and 0.3 km from Casa Natal Velazquez. The sparse private rooms include flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Superior rooms feature classic-style furnishings and are tastefully decorated. The mixed dormitories sleep up to 8 people and have bunk beds, desks and lockers. Bathrooms are private (Calle Sales y Ferré, 18, 41004 Seville).
Unuk Hotel, our rooms are spacious, equipped with the latest in technology and comfort for the maximum comfort of our guests, as well as everything necessary for your enjoyment: room service, coffee maker, complimentary bottle of water… Some of them even have a private balcony or terrace, just 0.3 km from the Casa Natal Velazquez.
Bache San Pedro, Bache San Pedro is the second gastronomic bet of Ale Alcántara, you can taste tapas based on Cadiz cuisine and ingredients from other cultures, resulting in delicious dishes. 0.3 km from the Casa Natal Velázquez (Plaza Cristo de Burgos, 23, 41003 Seville).
Recoveco Restaurant, spacious, cosy and warm for a dynamic sensory experience. Refurbished with respect for the traditional Sevillian architecture and suitable for a lunch or dinner where the tranquillity in the enjoyment of the food and the professional attention is the protagonist. Just 0.4 of the Casa Natal Velázquez. (Corner of Calle Ortiz de Zúñiga, Calle Morería, 8, 41004 Seville).
Los Coloniales, tapas and Spanish recipes in a busy Andalusian mesón with painted tiles, wooden cupboards and terrace, just 0.6 km from the Casa Natal Velázquez. (Plaza Cristo de Burgos, 19, 41003 Seville).
If you are passing near the Casa Natal de Velázquez you should not miss the following guided tours: