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Hospital los Venerables, Seville

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The Hospital de los Venerables of Seville, Spain, is a baroque 17th-century building which served as a residence for priests. It currently houses the Velázquez Center, dedicated to the famous painter Diego Velázquez. It is located in the Plaza de los Venerables, in the center of the Barrio de Santa Cruz and close to the, the Seville Cathedral and Alcázar.HistoryIn 1627, the Brotherhood of Silence decided to provide for elderly, poor and disabled priests. They rented a house where the priests were given shelter and assistance. In 1673, the brotherhood decided to build a new shelter for the same purpose; this was the Hospital de los Venerables.The hospital was founded by Canon in 1675, to be the residence of the venerable priests. Construction began that year, under the direction of the architect Juan Domínguez. In 1687, the project was taken over by the architect Leonardo de Figueroa who completed the building in 1697. The church was built in 1689, and is dedicated to San Fernando. The hospital was funded by the brotherhood, charity and the monarchy until 1805 when the it could no longer be adequately supported.In 1840, the hospital became a textile factory and the former residents were moved to the Charity Hospital. Complaints from the brotherhood led to a Royal Order in 1848, which returned their property and allowed the priests to return to their old home. The Plaza de the Venerables has been named after the priests since 1868.Residential buildingThe building is in the Baroque style with two floors. The hospital ceased to be a residence in the 1970s.
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  • Not much to see besides the chapel and a handful of paintings. Court yard was just ok. Fairly steep admission.  more »
  • I use the app to plan out my day, unfortunately the information on the opening hours is incorrect. I am giving TripAdvisor a low rating and not the attraction.  more »
  • After several days in Seville and multiple attempts to get into this historic place (opening hours are limited)we were rewarded, finally, with a superb organ recital! It was a Thursday morning with ve...  more »
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  • Lovely place in the very heart of Seville. One of the oasis that makes this city so special.
  • It's a beautiful and touristic place. Specially recommend if there is an art exhibition.
  • Lovely small chapel. See interesting special exhibit. Wouldn't bother except for a special event
  • Two small rooms with a total of maybe 30 paintings, plus a gaudily over-decorated chapel. That's it. Fifteen minutes of mild diversion for 10 euro.
  • Wonderful Spanish art exhibit. Easy to walk through to see the history of the building and chapel!