History of the Mudejar Centre of Seville
¨The Palace of the Marquises of Algaba, an incomparable setting for this journey into the past.¨ This is how the Seville Tourism website describes the headquarters of the Mudejar Centre.
Dating from the 15th century, this building housed the life of a Sevillian family, the Guzmanes of The Algaba. In spite of its splendour and due to neglect, its disappearance was increasingly near, until it was refurbished in the 21st century.
It witnessed a change in the thinking of the time.
The Algaba, was a manor that rested in the rural area next to the main street that connected the life of the city with that of the countryside, the Feria Street. The area became a place of agri-food trade.
It was in the 15th century, when Don Juan de Guzmán y Torres exchanged Medina Sidonia for different lordships, including the one mentioned above. He thus prioritised the mercantile element over the military. He then had the palace built as his main residence, the current seat of the centre. It served as a storage facility for the products of The Algaba. The building was erected on the site of a medieval palace of which only a tower remains today, which was once used for defence purposes.
The palace also witnessed the rebellion of the Sevillian population due to the rising cost of food and the famine suffered. In front of this building, many citizens lost their lives in the face of the nobility’s counter-attack.
After years of prestige and modifications that increased the value of the building, the palace was sold in 1822 and fell into oblivion.
In 1989, the palace was sold, managed and restored, and in 2003 it was brought back to life, becoming the Mudejar Centre.
Opening times and prices
The museum opening hours are divided into two distinct periods.
The first of these, from November to May, both included, the opening hours will be from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, the museum will be open from 10:00 to 14:00.
The second period, between the month of June and the month of October, both included, the opening hours change from 18:00 in the afternoon to 21:00 in the evening. The same period is maintained for Saturdays, from 10:00 to 14:00.
Museum will be closed to the public on Sundays and public holidays. Except from Monday to Wednesday during Easter Week and on the 6th, 7th and 9th of May during the Fair, when it will be open in the morning, from 10:00 to 14:00.
Admission is free of charge.
The museum is divided according to collections organised in different exhibitions inside the palace:
- The first one belongs to the museum itself and has a total of 20 items. These include, for example, jars and household objects.
- A second exhibition, also belonging to the museum, presents a series of 44 objects on loan, including a baptismal font whose owner, a painter named Virgilio Mattoni, gave it to the museum as a gift. There are also canes or parts of beams from the church of San Marcos, objects made of plaster from the convent of Madre de Dios, other components of the collection which use wood as their central material and restorations from the Delegation of Citizen Participation.
- As a third space, a total of 19 elements belonging to the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs are on display, where the artistic technique followed at the time is shown to visitors. On the other hand, the Museum of Fine Arts exhibits a painting restored by the Seville City Council in watercolour by the painter Joaquín Guichot, dated 1872, which shows the façade of the headquarters building.
- Finally, the collection is rounded off with 20 items from the municipal collection, previously located in the don Fadrique de Santa Clara Tower, where you can see everything from Gothic-style tombstones to different Renaissance capitals.
In addition, the palace has two meeting rooms, one of them, the Don Rodrigo room, can hold up to 120 people and the other, the Leonor room, has a capacity for 30 people.
How to get to the palace
The palace is located in the Calderón de la Barca Square, at the back of the Mercado de Abastos, in Ferias Street number 1, post code 41003.
Closest stops to the palace are Feria, Parlamento de Andalucía, Resolana, Calle Don Fadrique, Muñoz León, Plaza Nueva and Sevilla – Santa Justa. The walking time to reach the destination and following the order of the mentioned points, ranges from 3 minutes at 131 metres to 26 minutes at 1914 metres.
In the vicinity we can find different public transport routes whose routes pass through the aforementioned stops in the area. By bus there are lines 02, 03, 06, C2, C4, M-111 and M-115. On the other hand, the nearest train lines are the C1 and C3. Finally, the closest metro station to the Mudejar Centre is the L1.
Some of the curiosities that surround this place are:
- It is a museum inaugurated in 2013, which houses in its interior art of Spanish origin belonging to the Reconquest, influenced by the ¨mudejar¨ community. This term refers to the population of Muslim origin that remained in Christian territory throughout the peninsula during the Islamic reign of the same.
- The artistic style between the 12th and 16th centuries, shows a mixture of elements. The palace gives rise to works of art in which the two cultures, Christian and Muslim, transmit their presence.
- During their visit, as well as being able to admire the mixture of Gothic and Mudejar architecture, tourists will be able to see 111 objects. Ranging from seals to household items, which complete the immersive experience of Moorish and Christian culture.
- Its use was modified over time, functioning as a residence, theatre, winter and summer cinema. Until the 19th century when it suffered a robbery that left its interior practically empty. Serving only in 1961 as a shelter for those affected by the flooding of the Tamarguillo.