Hospital de la Caridad

Lonely Planet review

The Hospital de la Caridad, a block east of the river, is an art gallery that was once a hospice for the elderly, which was founded by Miguel de Mañara, who according to legend was a notorious libertine who changed his ways after seeing a vision of his own funeral procession.

In the 1670s Mañara commissioned a series of works on the theme of death and redemption from Seville’s three finest artists of the day – Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Juan de Valdés Leal and Pedro Roldán – for the church here. The result is a marvellous example of sevillano art of El Siglo de Oro (the Golden Century).