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Altamira Palace


Basic Information

Location Sevilla, Spain
Country Spain
City Sevilla
Address Sevilla, Spain

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 37.3867,-5.9878


Altamira Palace preserves the memory of the Jewish quarter. It is a monumental construction from the 15th to 18th centuries with courtyards of columns, galleries and aristocratic farms. Worthy of special mention is the small courtyard with shafts and chapters reused from the Roman, Caliphate and Almohad times, plasterwork and Mudejar wall tiles. It is one of the places identified with the location of the house of Samuel Ha-Levi, the Jewish administrator of King Pedro I. The restoration works documented remains of the house floors with fire marks caused by the sacking and slaughter of Jews in 1391.

In the early 15th century Diego López de Estúñiga arrived in Seville, the Chief Magistrate of Castile who the King had given these sites. The lineage of the Estúñiga put up the current palace in the image of the Royal Citadels with two well-differentiated areas, the public and the private, each centered by a courtyard recalling those built at the Citadel. The palace passed through the hands of different families until the 18th century when it was occupied by the lineage of the Altamira from whom it obtained its current name.

Alongside this courtyard were the main hostels such as the great Qubba or Throne Room which has not been totally remodelled but which must once have had a Mudejar cupola. In the 17th century a second storey was added to create an oratory above. Alongside this great room (now decorated by the remains of beams and coffered ceilings which it has been possible to rescue) were the Duke´s lodgings with a loggia which once gave out onto the gardens and orchards of the palace, now totally occupied by houses. In addition, there is a small museum with different remains found in the archaeological excavations of the site.

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