Seville Route

ITINERARY: Seville, Ecija, Estepa, Osuna, Morón, Lebrija.

Fundamental point of Andalusian baroque, that could be named "brick baroque" for the predominance of this material, this route includes Seville, paradigm of the convent cities (over one hundred religious buildings were put up in the 17th century) and the larger towns of the countryside, rich municipalities where the baroque style generated some spectacular sights.

An essencial itinerary in Seville could begin in the Convent of La Merced (Fine arts museum- Juan de Oviedo), and continue with the hospital of La Caridad (linked to the well known name of Miguel de Mañara and work of P. Sanchez Falconete), the old convent of Los Terceros- magnificient staircase, hospital of Los Venerables, churches of El Salvador and San Luis, Palace of San Telmo and, all by L. Figueroa, to finish up in the Tobacco Factory (University nowadays) the great industrial building of the 18th century Seville.

There is more yet for those who are stronger: The churches of San Benito, The convent of Santa Clara, La Trinidad, El Sagrario, San Buenaventura, Santa Maria La Blanca, La Magdalena, Santa Catalia, El Buen Suceso, ol convent of San Acacio, Hospital of San Juan de Dios, Chapel of San Jose, San Jacinto, San Roque, San Bartolome, San Bernardo, or San Idelfonso; the magnificent altarpieces of the convent of Santa Paula and San Clemente (Martinez Montañes and Felipe de Rivas); the entrance door to the choir in the Cathedral (D. Antonio Diaz); under civilian architecture, there is the Archibishop's palace, the garden of the Alcazar- El Leon fountain, Grutescos gallery, the Maestranza bullring or the Fundicion de artilleria.

Near Seville, there is Umbrete that has a remarkable parish church and Archibishop's Palace for summer. Carmona, a notable urban spectacle from a mirador, has the churches of Santa Clara and Madre de Dios (redecorated in the first half of the 17th century, hospital of La Caridad- façade and churches of San Pedro, Las Angustias, El Salvador or La Trinidad.

Before reaching Ecija, we pass through Lora del Río churh of Jesus Nazareno and town hall, Peñaflor- church of San Pedro, La Campana-parish church and Fuentes de Andalucia-parish church, church of San Sebastian, San Francisco and La Merced, granary. Ecija is known as the city of the towers and has many lovely houses: Palace and Casa Mirador of the Marquess of Peñaflor, palace of the Count of Valverde, Fuente de La Ninfa and Los Peces, and above all, many remarkable churches- churches of Las Carmelitas, Santo Domingo, Santa Maria, Santiago, San Gil, Santa Ana, Santa Cruz and San Juan.

Estepa has some interesting churches- El Carmen, Los Remedios, La Victoria and San Sebastian.

Osuna is an inevitable stopping place and worth while the street of San Pedro is not remarkable for its houses, among which the Cilla stands out (Ruiz Florindo), and so does the palace of the Marquess de la Gomera, the house of the Count of Cepeda, the churches of Hospital de la Misericordia and of the Convent of Santa Catalina and above all, the convent of La Encarnacion with its cloister of lovely tiles.

Marchena Ducal square, churches of San Sebastian and San Juan.

Moron - parish church and church of San Miguel.

Utrera - façades of the churches of Santiago and Santa Maria.

Las Cabezas de San Juan - church of San Juan Bautista.

Lebrija - church of la Oliva and Cilla Cabildo.

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