Carmona - Things to See

The moorish alcazar. © Michelle Chaplow
The moorish alcazar.

Things to see in CARMONA

by Saskia Mier

Alcázar del Rey Don Pedro
The Alcázar is of Muslim origin and was the residence of King Taifa of Carmona. It was restored several times after the re-conquest and Pedro I of Castile restored it in the thirteenth century. The earthquake of 1504 affected the palace and since then the ruin has been progressive and is now a gracious if expensive Parador. Located on Calle Los Alcázares.

Puerta de Córdoba
One of the four Roman entrances into Carmona dating to the first century and already justified as a Cultural Interest in 1931. Located on Calle Dolores Quintanilla. 

Alcázar-Puerta de Sevilla
The Alcázar was used as a fortress and palace built by Tartessians and Carthaginians, and then expanded by the Romans. Later the Moors broadened their defences. It suffered major changes during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. It was restored between 1973 and 1975, used for cultural and tourist events. It currently serves as the headquarters of the Tourist Reception Centre. The Puerta de Sevilla was another of the four entrances into Carmona and already justified as a Cultural Interest in1906. Loctaed in Plaza de Blas Infante.

Opening Times:
Monday-Saturday, 10:00-18:00hrs
Sunday, 10:00-15:00hrs
Price: Adults, 2.00 euro (Free on Monday)
Children, Senior and Groups, 1.00 euro (Free on Monday)
Tel: 954 19 09 55

Iglesia de Santa María de la Asunción
A Gothic church dating to the sixteenth century with a historical evolution similar to that of the Cathedral of Seville. The construction of this church was carried out in two stages; the first in 1424 when the old mosque is demolished and the second stage began in 1515. Architects involved include Diego de Riaño, Juan de Escalona and later on, the master of the Giralda, Hernán Ruiz el Joven and Pedro Díaz de Palacios. Located on Calle San Idelfonso.

Convento de la Concepción
The Convent was built at the beginning of the sixteenth century and later reformed giving it its Baroque appearance. Located on Paseo del Estatuto.

Casa Palacio del Marqués de las Torres
The Palace was built in the year 1755, a typical example of Sevillian architecture with the coat of arms of the Quintanilla family. It is currently the Interpretation Centre. Located on Calle San Idelfonso.

Opening Times:
Monday, 11:00-14:00hrs
Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00-19:00hrs
Price:Adults, 2.50 euro (Free on Tuesday)
Children, Senior and Groups, 1.20 euro (Free on Tuesday)
Tel: 954 14 01 28

Iglesia del Salvador
The Mudejar church was built in 1700 on the remains of a previous chapel, but later ruined as a result of the Lisbon earthquake in 1755. Located in Plaza Cristo Rey.

Iglesia de San Pedro
The church was built in the fifteenth century giving it a Baroque style. The construction of the tower finished in 1783. The tower is known as the Giraldilla because of its resemblance to the Giralda in Seville. Located in Calle San Pedro.

Casa Palacio de los Rueda
The entrance of the Palace is of Tuscan and Ionic influence with rooms set round a central courtyard. Located on Calle Carlota Quintanilla.

Necrópolis y Museo Arqueológico
The Necropolis was discovered at the end of the nineteenth century thanks to Juan Fernández López and English archaeologist, Jorge Bonsor, but dates to the first century. It lies on a low hill at the opposite end of Carmona amid cypress trees and contains more than nine hundred family tombs and paintings dating from the second century B.C. to the fourth century A.D. Enclosed in subterranean chambers hewn from the rock, the tombs are often frescoed and contain a series of niches in which many of the funeral urns remain intact. Some of the larger tombs have vestibules with stone benches for funeral banquets and several retain carved family emblems. Located on Avenida Jorge Bonsor.

Opening Times:
Tuesday-Saturday, 09:00-18:00hrs
Sunday, 09:00-15:00hrs
Price: Free entrance.
Tel: 600 14 36 32

Ermita de San Antón
The Mudéjar chapel has undergone numerous restorations throughout the ages, linked to the wishes of Fernando III. Located in Plaza San Antón.

Muralla Romana
The Roman wall stretched 3600m surrounding Carmona and had four main entrances; Puerta de Sevilla, Puerta de la Sedía, Puerta de Córdoba and Puerta de Morón. In addition, there were a number of other secondary accesses in the form of portholes along the wall; Portillo de la Torre de las Abejas, Portillo de Abollón, Portillo de Abuceite and Portillo del Postigo.

Convento de Santa Clara
The Mudejar Convent was founded by Bula Pontificia in 1460 and protected by the Duchess of Arcos, Doña Beatriz Pacheco. The tower-viewpoint dates to the eighteenth century. Located on Santa María de Gracia.

Opening Times:
Monday, Thursday and Friday, 11:00-14:00hrs and 16:00-18:00hrs
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 11:00-19:00hrs
Price: Adults, 2.00 euro
Children, Senior and Groups, 1.00 euro
Tel: 954 14 21 02

Anfiteatro Romano
The amphitheatre dates to the first century A.C. and excavations began in 1885 by J. Fernández López and Jorge Bonsor. Closed to the public. Located on Avenida Jorge Bonsor.

Ayuntamiento
The Town Hall was completed in 1621, originally used as a school and eventually as the Town Hall in 1842. The most recent reforms date from 1980 and 1992. Located in Calle El Salvador.

Casa de las Descalzas
The house was built in the seventeenth century; the courtyard is used to host exhibitions and events. Currently an Area of Culture and Sport. Located in Plaza de las Delcazas.

Casa Palacio de Alonso Bernal Escamilla
Also known as Palacio de los Turmo, where Felipe IV and Don Carlos stayed. There are also chains that hang in the entrance as a memory. Located on Calle General Freire.

Casa Palacio de los Aguilar
The Palace dates to the seventeenth century, specifically 1697, and was once used as the Town Hall. Located on Calle Martín López.

Casa Palacio de los Domínguez
The Baroque style Civil building was built in the eighteenth century and is currently a library and municipal archives of Carmona. Located on Calle Domínguez de la Haza.

Casa Palacio de los Lasso
Built during the first quarter of the seventeenth century, it has been restored and made into Hotel "Casa de Carmona". Located in Plazuela de los Lasso.

Convento de las Agustinas Descalzas de la Santísima Trinidad
The Baroque Convent was founded in 1629 fraudulently and against the will of the Cabildo de Carmona. It was inaugurated in 1748 with an unfinished altarpiece. Located in Plazuela del Marqués de las Torres.

Convento de Madre de Dios
The Convent's construction began in 1520 and finished in the seventeenth century. Located on Calle Madre de Dios.

Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Gracia
Construction of the chapel began in the fourteenth century. Located on Dolores Quintanilla.

Fuente de los Leones y Alameda de Alfonso XIII
The fountain was named Fuente de los Leones after it was remodelled during the time of Juana I. In the 1920's, under the influence of the Ibero-American Exhibition (1929), the previous alameda (street lined with trees) was renewed and given the name Alameda de Alfonso XIII. Located in Calle La Fuente.

Hospital de la Caridad
The Hospital was built in 1510, thanks to Doña Beatriz Pacheco, Duchess of Arcos. Its main function was to care for and cure the sick for free. Located on Calle Santa María de Gracia.

Iglesia de San Bartolomé
The church was built in the fifteenth century and later restored in 1975. Located on Calle Prim.

Iglesia de San Blas
One of the most primitive churches of Carmona, built during the reign of Pedro I. It was remodelled in the eighteenth century and the tower was erected. Located in Plazuela de San Blas.

Iglesia de San Felipe
The church was built in the fourteenth century. The main entrance was built in 1470 and the laterals a few years later, concluding in 1562. Located on Calle San Felipe.

Iglesia de Santiago
The church was built in the fourteenth century, during the reign of Pedro l. The bell tower was added in the eighteenth century. Located in Plaza de Santaigo.

Plaza de San Fernando
The square which is comparatively small but dominated by splendid Moorish style buildings was initially to be built in the sixteenth century as a closed rectangle shape, but due to a mistake in a restoration project, it became circular in appearance.

Plaza de Abastos
The market square is now where the previous Monastery of Dominicans was located, and built at the end of the sixteenth century by Ramón del Toro.

Teatro Cerezo
The theatre shows the typical architecture of the thirties, built by Enrique Romero and Emilio Ramos. An annual contest of carnival groups takes place in February, and also used for performing theatrical and other types of cultural events. Located on Paseo Estatuto.

THINGS TO SEE OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE

Ermita de San Mateo                                      
Construction of the chapel began in the fourteenth century thanks to the evangelist and Carmona later forming part of the Corona of Castile in September 1247. Located on Calle Extramuros San Mateo.

Zoo Carmona
A small scale zoo great for a day with the family, equipped with an education centre. Located on Carretera Carmona-Viso del Alcor.

Opening Times:
Monday-Friday, 10:00-18:00hrs
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00-19:00hrs
Tel: 954 19 16 96

 

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