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Plaza de la Virgen de los Reyes

Plaza de la Virgen de los Reyes (19)

This plaza is the perfect place to soak up a typically Sevillian environment, given that it is full of horse-drawn carriages, gypsy street vendors, orange trees and religious buildings. Moreover, it offers a magnificent view of La Giralda.

There’s a fountain in the centre of the plaza topped by a streetlight, created by José Lafita at the beginning of the 20th century. The grotesque faces that you will see were copied from Roman originals that are currently kept at the Casa de Pilatos.

This plaza is home to two emblematic Sevillian buildings: the Palacio Arzobispal and the Convento de la Encarnación. The palace has an imposing façade created in the 18th century by Lorenzo Fernández de Iglesias, and inside has a magnificent flecked marble staircase, as well as works by Zurbarán, Murillo and Velázquez. This building was also converted into headquarters for Marshal Soult during the occupation by French troops.

In front of the palace, nearly obscured by orange trees, is the Convento de la Encarnación. Inside you’ll be charmed by the countless 17th and 18th century sculptures, as well as a splendid neoclassic altarpiece. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase the leftover unconsecrated wafers and hosts from the nuns living in the convent.

And finally, we leave you with a curious piece of information: this same site was once home to the Corral de los Olmos, a meeting spot for petty thieves described by Miguel de Cervantes in his writings. There is still a plaque on one of the walls of the convent commemorating this fact. 

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