Essential Architecture-  Seville

Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija

architect

 

location

C/Cuna,8 (No. 8 Cuna Street)

date

dates back to the 1400's AD, but it was completely rebuilt in the 1500's.

style

Moorish

construction

stone

type

Palace



The Central Patio - Contains a Roman mosaic, with the center containing an image of the Roman God Pam.
The only place I know of in Spain where you can walk on real Roman mosaics.

This Palace dates back to the 1400's AD, but it was completely rebuilt in the 1500's.
The mosaic floors were not placed here by the Roman's but by the Countess of Lebrija (Da Regla Manjon Mergelina). Around 1900, about the same time the Countess decided it was time to redo the Family Palace; the Roman City of Italica was discovered.



The Octagonal Room, (eight sided room) - the Italica mosaic here, installed in 1901, was the first to be placed in the Palace.

With in interest in Archeology, the Countess made adjustments to some rooms of the Palace in order to fit in a few of the newly discovered Italica mosaics.

The Palace is part house and part museum; tiles from abandon Convents adorn some rooms, chests of artifacts dominate others. If I understood the guide correctly, except for maintenance renovation, the house has been left (including furnishings) in the state the Countess left it.



Closer view of the Central Patio Mosaic.
There are two floors to the Palace, the airy ground floor was used during the summer, while the top floor would have been were the Countess lived during the winter. Today, an extra fee is charged for a tour of the top floor.

links

With thanks to http://www.travelinginspain.com
http://www.palaciodelebrija.com/
www.essential-architecture.com