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Casa de Pilatos (Pilate's House)

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Located in the heart of Seville's historic centre, the Casa de Pilatos, the largest and most sumptuous private residential complex in the town, is a privileged location, unique in Seville, for holding small and large private events. 

Construction of the palace began in 1483 on the initiative of Pedro Enríquez de Quiñones and his wife Catalina de Ribera. Both are the founders of the Casa de Alcalá. The building was constructed on land that had been confiscated by the Spanish Inquisition. When Pedro died, his wife finished the work, and his son Fadrique Enríquez de Rivera and his grandson, Per Afán de Ribera y Portocarrero, enlarged and decorated the palace.

Throughout the 16th century, as a result of the intense relationship that its most important members maintained with Italy, it underwent great transformations and became the screening through which the new forms and tastes of the Renaissance entered into Seville. Remodelling to the romantic taste, carried out in the middle of the 19th century, completed its picturesque appearance, a harmonious synthesis of Gothic-Mudejar, Renaissance and Romanticism.

Within the rooms of the palace there is a lot of works of art such as the frescoes of the apotheosis of Hercules by Francisco Pacheco or a series of bullfighting paintings by Francisco de Goya.

Declared a Site of Cultural Interest and Historical Heritage of Spain, Casa de Pilatos is the largest private Sevillian palace and is considered to be the best noble Andalusian building, being a great example of 16th century Sevillian architecture.

The Casa de Pilatos has been the setting for 4 Hollywood productions: Lawrence de Arabia, 11492: The Conquest of Paradise, Kingdom of Heaven and Knight & Day. It has also appeared in national productions such as El caballero Don Quijote.

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