The Ponce de León Palace is currently the headquarters of EMASESA (Seville metropolitan water supply and sanitation company) and is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and important heritage buildings owned by Seville Town Council. Despite having originally formed two independent monumental ensembles, fate wanted the Ponce de León palace and the former Third Franciscan convent to become a whole in the 19th century.
The first of the buildings to be visited is the Ponce de León Palace. Although the building that remains today has been extensively renovated, the origins of the palace date back to the 14th century. The Ponce de León family arrived in Seville after the conquest of the town when they were rewarded by the king for their help in conquering different areas. The king gave them a series of houses located near the walls.
The building was reformed over the centuries and adapted to new styles, such as the Renaissance loggia that is preserved in one of the courtyards, from the 16th century, with marble columns, ribbon capitals (very popular in Renaissance Seville) and semicircular arches, similar to other loggias that were built in the town, such as the Casa de Pilatos. In addition to this courtyard, there is an interesting wooden coffered ceiling with coffers that was recovered during the restoration of the building, an impressive 19th century imperial staircase that is located in one of the towers of the building.