The hidden patios of Seville, photoessay

Seville’s building fabric is pierced by numerous patios. These courtyards are easy to spot on satellite photos. As a passive solution to the extreme heat, they are typical not only for palaces and public buildings but also to all residential blocks.

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Aerial photo of Seville and its patios | Source:Google Maps

Here are some Instagram pictures of the most beautiful courtyards I encountered during my 3-month stay in Seville.

Most of Seville’s patios are characterized by stunning arcades, intricate mosaics or beautiful gardens.

One of the prettiest courtyards, in my opinion, is the one in Palacio de las Dueñas.
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The courtyards of the former Cartuja monastery, now Contemporary Art Museum, are simpler, but still beautifully designed.
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The local museum of fine arts has three magnificent patios that are well worth a visit.
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This oval courtyard is located in a residential building near the Cathedral. If I ever live in Seville again, this is where I would like my flat to be.
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The courtyards of the former Royal Tobacco Factory are always busy with students as the building is now a University.
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The proportions of the arches of Palacio Marqueses de la Algaba are different, but still very elegant. Today the building is a museum of Mudejar art.
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The patios of Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija are famous for their beautiful floor mosaics.
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Orange trees in one of the patios of Hospital de los Venerables (left) and a glimpse into a private courtyard near Real Alcazar (right).
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Of course, the most spectacular gardens and patios can be found in Real Alcazar. My pictures, however, don’t do them justice, and I would recommend everyone to go and see these beautiful spaces with their own eyes.

Seville may have numerous beautiful courtyards, but it is actually Cordoba that is renowned for its patios. In fact, the city even has a patio contest and a patio festival. Unfortunately, when I was there most private courtyards were closed for the public so I could only catch a glimpse of one.
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Check my Instagram page for more pictures.

 

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