Casa de Pilatos - Grand Staircase

Grand Staircase

The single grand staircase to the top floor Winter Palace is decorated with tiles and a cupola ceiling of Mudéjar honeycomb, made by Cristobal Sanchez and inspired by the Ambassador's Hall in the Alcazar. It was Seville's first magnificent staircase, and one of the most original in Europe at the time.

The staircase represents the "double house" concept seen in Seville's domestic architecture: two floors - the upper one used in winter, receiving more sun and insulated from the damp; and the lower one in summer, more shaded and cooler. The staircase acts as a divider between the more public space of the main patio and the private reception rooms of upstairs. 



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