One of the least known of Seville’s museums, this is a family palace with a wonderfully varied private collection. It is situated at the Campana end of Calle Cuna, parallel to Calle Sierpes. Look out for the impressive but discreet stone doorway (there is no obvious sign) and huge wooden doors.
A typical Sevillano house with patio, the palace was styled by the Condesa de Lebrija in the 19th century. As a keen collector and traveller, she had amassed antiquities and needed a suitable place to house them.
The Countess loved archaeology and her magnificent collection includes a spectacular range of Roman treasures with mosaics taken from Italica, most notably the flawless, intricate example on the floor of the main patio, with vignettes showing deities including Pan and Zeus. The arches in the patio are in typical Mudejar style, used by Moors who stayed behind after the Catholic Kings arrived, marrying their style with native Spanish, while the tiles are local Triana azulejos from old convents.
You can also see various Greek, Roman, Etruscan and Persian ceramics, statues and other relics; Louis XIV furniture; jewellery; and other artefacts.
Upstairs are some Asian and Arabic-themed rooms, a library and a family dining room. You can also see paintings by Van Dyck and artists of the Murillo school.
The original building dates from the 16th century.
Palacio de Lebrija
Calle Cuna, 8
September to June:
Monday to Friday 10.30 – 19.30 hrs
Saturdays 10.00 – 14.00 hrs & 16.00 – 18.00 hrs
Sundays 10.00 – 14.00 hrs
July and August:
Monday to Friday 09.00 – 15.00 hrs
Saturdays 10.00 – 14.00 hrs
Entrance: 5€ for the lower floor and 8€ for both floors.