Inside this 17th-century baroque mansion once used as a hospice for ageing priests, you’ll find one of Seville’s greatest and most admirable art collections. The on-site Centro Velázquez was founded in 2007 by the local Focus-Abengoa Foundation with the intention of reviving Seville’s erstwhile artistic glory. Its collection of masterpieces anchored by Diego Veláquez’ Santa Rufina is one of the best and most concise art lessons the city has to offer. The excellent audio commentary explains how medieval darkness morphed into Velázquezian realism.
The ‘Hospital’ also guards what is perhaps the city’s most typical Sevillano patio – intimate, plant-embellished and spirit-reviving – plus a chapel adorned with more golden-age paintings.