Visit Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes de Sevilla? Tickets for the beautiful Los Venerables Church with the Hospital of the Venerable Priests.
Visit Los Venerables in Seville
Info & Tickets Hospital de los Venerables Sevilla
|Pl. Venerables, 8, Casco Antiguo, Sevilla
Hospital de los Venerables
The Hospital de los Venerables in Seville (officially the Hospital de Venerables Sacerdotes), or the 'Hospital of Venerable Priests', was founded in 1675 by Justino de Neve. Originally, this two-storey baroque building was a residence for elderly priests in the Santa Cruz district, or the historic center of Seville. However, it lost its original function and Los Venerables, as it is often called, is today the headquarters of the FOCUS foundation. The FOCUS foundation is the Cultural Fund of Seville. The Hospital de los Venerables was designed by architect Leonardo de Figueroa and extremely important for the Sevillian Baroque.
The church, the highlight of Los Venerables
The courtyard is original and you can see galleries with arches on a higher level and a fountain with descending circular stairs decorated with tiles. Interesting in the Hospital de los Venerables in Seville is the covered staircase in an elliptical vault. The church from 1689 is the highlight of the hospital and is dedicated to San Fernando. The church Iglesia de los Venerables has a nave covered by transverse arches and a semicircular vault with lunettes. The frescoes are the works of Valdés Leal and are intended to represent the Holy Cross. At the main altar is the Apotheosis of San Fernando. This work is by Lucas Valdés. And on both sides you will find the San Isidoro and San Clemente, both works by artist Virgilio Mattoni. In the church you can see sculptures by Martínez Montanes. He lived in the 17th century. Murillo painted the famous Immaculate Conception for Hospital de los Venerables. You can now see this in the Prado Museum in Madrid.
You will also find the Diego Velázquez exhibition center at Hospital de los Venerables. In one room, several major masterpieces are exhibited, such as Santa Rufina by Diego Velázquez. The work depicts the virgin and martyr Saint Rufina, who was the sister of Saint Justa and, according to tradition, died with her for professing Christianity. Martinez Montañes by Francisco Varela is also well-known, but you will also see works by masters such as Francisco Pacheco, Murillo and Bartolomeo Cavarozzi.