Santiponce Itálica

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Marcela´s House

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The house was built by an Italian merchant in the late 19th century. 

The building is a typical holiday home for wealthy families at that time. It is the only building of this kind in the town. It reflects modernist influences in the brick decoration on the façade, hydraulic tile mosaics and a wooden staircase inside. It also has wrought-iron and cast-iron elements typical of the period and lavish furnishings. 

The house, divested of its valuable elements, remained abandoned until it was acquired by the Town Hall. It was renovated at the end of the 1990s. A staircase was added to the back of the house to locate the municipal archaeological museum in its basement. It is currently used for training and cultural activities. The gardens, which disappeared at the end of the 20th century, were partially incorporated into the public thoroughfare. This street and part of the adjoining land are now the Marcela Park. The remains of a Chalcolithic necropolis have been unearthed under the sports track next to the house; however, they have not yet been studied. 

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