Palace of Las Dueñas, the Duke of Alba´s Residence in Seville, one of the greatest monumental
jewels in the city, can be visited in a wonderful tour through its gardens,
lounges and patios full of art.
Over five centuries of
Andalusian history remains into this
private house’s walls and patios, currently opened for visitors to discover
this magnificent symbol of Sevillian nobiliary architecture. Walking through
the palace, the visitors can feel and live as Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly or
the Marconi family did once.
Its main attraction is
the combination of the majesty of the building itself, its patios and
gardens, where a mixture of Gothic-Mudejar and Renaissance styles
is found; and the importance of its high historical and artistic interest
collection consisting of a selection of painting, sculpture, tapestries,
furniture and objects.
Built between the 15th
and 16th centuries, Las Dueñas was named after the currently disappeared
monastery of Santa María de las Dueñas,
placed in the adjoining plot and demolished in 1868. Its Origin was the
Place-house of the Pineda, one of the dynasties of the patricians of Seville.
In the next few decades, the Palace was inherited by the Ribera family and then
to Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, future Duke of Alba. Since 1612, Las Dueñas
belongs to Casa de Alba.
During 20th century,
Las Dueñas has been a meeting place for members of European dynasties and
diverse personalities from the world of culture, politics and international
art. The Empress of France Eugenia de
Montijo, , Churchill, Jacqueline Kennedy, the Marconi family, Grace Kelly
and her husband Rainier of Monaco,
the Prince of Wales, the King and
Queen from Sweden, the Nobel Prize
winner Mario Vargas Llosa or the
actor Michael Douglas, amongst
others, have visited the Palace.
Mr. Carlos Fitz-James
Stuart, the current Duke of Alba decided to open Las Dueñas Palace in 2016 so
that visitors can enjoy its magnificent interiors, patios and gardens, its
artwork and their daily reality. They can know about the great artistic
patronage and the conservation task that the House of Alba has been performing
for centuries. In March 2016, it opened to the public for the first time ever
in its centuries-long history.
Las Dueñas Palace also
offers the possibility of a private and exclusive tour around its collection.
The guests will enjoy the opportunity of visiting the Palace in private, fully
appreciating its rooms and masterpieces during the hours when Las Dueñas is closed
to the public.
You can visit most of
the ground floor rooms - Salon de la
Gitana, her private sitting rooms, chapel, and study - and the famous
garden (Patio de los Limones).
flower-filled arcaded main patio has Mudejar features very similar to the Casa
de Pilatos -such as intricate azulejos (ceramic tiles), plasterwork and
artesonado wooden ceilings which dates from the same era and was built for the
same family, the De Riberas.
Look out for the many
photographs of the Duchess, as well as personal gifts, paintings, poems,
mementoes and presents in the room with Betis memorabilia.
The shop (on the right as you leave, in the Patio de
Apeadero) has an excellent selection of books, Andalusian leather goods, items
with designs replicating the ceramic tiles, and Duchess-themed items, as well
as the Casa de Alba gourmet food range including extra virgin olive oil from
their estate in Cordoba, heraldic biscuits, orange-blossom honey, and even