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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.
In 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.
The building is in the Baroque style with two floors. The hospital ceased to be a residence in the 1970s.
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Hospital de los Venerables Reviews
This 400 year old set of buildings and gardens is a wonderful”find”. Originally a hospice and church for elderly, ailing priests, it was decommissioned and is now a museum and art gallery which was... more »
Not the hospital one expects but more like a retirement and care home for elderly or sick priests. Interesting to see that even then, the church looked after and cared for the priests sho had... more »
A funny little museum in a quirky late Spanish style with a tiny collection of surprisingly important paintings. Including the only unfinished Velasquez (1622 1623) I have ever seen. A treat to be able to see his underlying process. (Ground appears to be a a Raw Umber made translucent with Raw Siena)
Peaceful, tranquil, a stunning church and some wonderful paintings. Quite expensive by Seville standards, but worth every euro.
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