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Seville Museums: Museo De Bellas Artes

The Museo de Bellas Artes is one of the most important art museums in Spain, probably the second one after El Museo del Prado in Madrid. It exhibits the most famous paintings of the Seville School (15th to 17th centuries) featuring an impressive collection of works by Murillo, Valdés Leal, Zurbarán and El Greco among others.

In the 17th century, Spain underwent a spectacular flourishing in the arts, during the period known as the Siglo de Oro (Golden Century). And its best representation is the work of the Seville-born Diego de Silva y Velázquez. He is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of all time.

This Seville museum was inaugurated in 1835 with hundreds of masterpieces coming from convents and monasteries plundered by the Mendizabal liberal government. The original building was a convent founded in some lots Fernando III donated to San Pedro Nolasco after conquering Seville from the Moors.

The original building that you can visit today dates from 1602. The works started with the church’s construction. It was finished in 1612, whereas the rest of the premises were concluded almost 50 years later.

 

General Information

Website: Museo de Bellas Artes

Address: Plaza del Museo, 9 (map location)

Entrance: 1.50 € (free for EU citizens and students)

Free admission to the Museo de Bellas Artes is included with the Sevilla Card

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 to 20:30; Sunday 9:00 to 14:30. Closed on Monday.

 

The best option is to visit the rooms from the ground floor and then go up to the upper level, starting chronologically with the paintings and sculptures from the 15th century. The gallery (room V) devoted to Murillo is the old church of the convent.

 

What Is The Sevilla Card?

sevilla cardBefore even starting planning your trip, you should get yourself the Sevilla Card. It’s the perfecto all-inclusive museum pass allowing to get free entrance to the major Seville museums.

And there’s more because you can also access 30+ sights and churches. So much time and money saved!

The Sevilla Card is available for 1, 2 or 3 days. The package comes with detailed information on all the sights and additional feedback on shopping discounts. Plus, you get a map of the city!

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Masterpieces Not To Miss

The Museo de Bellas Artes is filled with works of art, and many of them, like the Zurbarán’s Saint Hugh In The Refectory, are downright masterpieces. It’s is difficult to select among all the pieces on display but here are some you shouldn’t miss.

 

Private Artistic Seville Walking Tour

Wow, this package has everything! You’ll be picked up at your hotel to start a comprehensive tour of the city including a leisurely Guadalquivir River Cruise from where the views of La Maestranza and Triana are spectacular.

The first stop of this complete walking tour includes a visit of La Maestranza – Seville’s famous bullring. The art of bullfighting has been practized here since the 18th century.

Then, your English speaking guide takes you to the Museo de Bellas Artes, explaining in detail the best the museum has to offer, and gives you insights into the classic Sevilian painters and other 17th Century artists. The exquisite masterpieces of Velázquez, Murillo, Francisco de Herrera the younger and Zurbarán among others are wating for you.

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