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Among Seville museums, CAAC (Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo) stands out for being the city’s museum of modern art. Located in a 15th century monastery that was then transformed into a porcelain factory in the 19th century, the CAAC has a wonderful setting where old classic architecture blends with modern masterpieces. The CAAC offers both modern Spanish and international art from a permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions.
The Contemporary Art Centre has a permanent collection focused in particular on the history of contemporary Andalusian art. Temporary exhibitions, seminars, workshops, concerts, meetings, recitals, film cycles and lectures are also held at the museum.
Address: Avenida Americo Vespucio, 2 (Isla de la Cartuja – map location)
Visit to the Santa Maria de las Cuevas Monastery or to the temporary exhibitions: 1.80 €
Complete visit: 3 €
Free Tuesday to Friday 19:00 to 21:00 and Saturday 11:00 to 21:00
Free admission to the CAAC is included with the Sevilla Card
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Saturday 11:00 to 21:00; Sunday 10:00 to 15:00. Closed on Monday.
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!
According to a popular legend, the Cartuja Island had scattered caves made by potters for ovens and to obtain clay. After the conquest of Seville by Christians in the 13th century, an hidden image of the virgin was revealed inside one of the caves. In order to venerate the icon, the Catholic Church decided to build the chapel of Santa Maria de las Cuevas.
In the 15th century, the archbishop of Seville was aided by the noble family of Medina, and together found a Franciscan monastery at the site. Later constructions were patronized by don Perafan de Ribera who also built the Casa de Pilatos for the Medina family.
Later on, monks of the Saint Bruno cloistered order were housed in the monastery. In the early 19th century, the monastery was sacked and used as barracks because of the the Napoleonic invasion. Once it ended in 1812, the monastery was abandoned and then affected by the general closure of monasteries in 1835.
In 1840, a Liverpool merchant called Charles Pickman bought the abandoned monastery, and transformed it into a factory of ceramic tiles and porcelain china. As a result, several ovens where built around the monastery and you can still see them nowadays. The factory continued to produce tiles until 1982.
In 1964, it was declared a national monument, and it was bought by the regional government of Andalusia. Thanks to the Seville Expo’92 huge restorations were made to recover a complex that was in very bad conditions. Finally, in 1997 it became the site of a museum of contemporary and ceramic art.
Insider’s tip: Apart from the beautiful monastery, don’t miss the opportunity to wander around the gardens and have a closer look at the chimneys.
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.
But there’s more because your tour continues with a visit to the Isla de la Cartuja where most of the Expo’92 pavillions and bridges are. After discovering the impressive modern Seville, you will be taken to the Monasterio de Santa Maria de las Cuevas. Columbus prepared most of his voyages to the American continent there. It is now the Andalusian Contemporary Art Centre -where modern and ancient blend in a sublime environment.