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Palacio de Villapanés nominated for the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence

Every year,  Condé Nast Johansens traditionally celebrates the Awards for Excellence. They reward and celebrate excellence across their recommended properties, their world-renowned Awards for Excellence are a trusted mark of quality recognised by consumers and travel professionals alike.

Palacio de Villapanés is included in the fine selection of Condé Nast Johansens; a selection that includes 26 hotels and resorts in Spain, Palacio de Villapanés is the only one selected in the city of Seville.

A place full of history

City of civilizations, the legend say it the city was founded by Hercules. Seville is the capital of the Andalusia region and is famous for its dance, its flamenco, which make visitors fall in love when traveling. An incredible combination of culture, art and gastronomy.

Sevilla is a charming city and so is the story of our palace. A special and unique history that started in 1729. 

The hotel Palacio de Villapanés – which belongs to the Small Luxury Hotels collection – is a refurbished palace from the 18th century which combines traditional nobility and modernity. Former home of the Admiral López-Pintado, Marqués de Torre Blanca de Aljarafe, this is one of the most authentic property in Seville, and its historical details meet pieces of international design by GCA Arquitectos and Patricia Urquiola.

A design hotel

From its monumental entrance, with marble columns and its charming patio, our five-star hotel invites you to experience the Andalusian hospitality, and this is the best starting point to discover Sevillian traditions and to enjoy the treasures of the city, with the Plaza Jesús de la Redención, the Real Alcázar of Seville or the Museum of Fine Arts a stone’s throw away.

Its 50 spacious rooms feature the elegance of a palace and the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Our guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the city and the cosiness of our courtyards. Among these amazing facilities, the Suite named El Torreón is a treasure: an amazing 85m2 Suite, with stunning ceilings and authentic marble from the 19th century.

A unique gastronomic experience

Gastronomy forms part an integral part of our travels and of each region in Spain. Palacio de Villapanés’ gastronomy is designed by the Head Chef of our restaurant Los Rincones del Marqués, Jorge Cortés. A traditional Andalusian and Mediterranean cuisine enjoyable from one of our patios or from the old cellars of the palace where our guests can enjoy live music sessions.

A service of excellence

But the most exclusive thing that our 18th century provides is an impeccable service and an incredible attention to details. The great team of professionals led by Martina Cam, its General Manager for 10 years, make every effort to make the guest feel at home.

Unforgettable experiences

Among the hotel experiences, Martina Cam highlights the incredible solarium rooftop: “I try to enjoy it every day”, she says. “It is a magical, dreamlike moment dream, contemplating in the distance the cathedral with the Giralda, the bell towers, the churches and the arabic roofs”.  But this hotel also offers other experiences, from treatments in its wellness area that allows its guests to relax in the sauna, enjoy the Turkish bath, receive a massage in the cabin or working out in its modern gym with 24-hour Kinesis equipment… to boat trips on the Guadalquivir river, guided bike routes through the city or dressing up session to look like an authentic flamenco dancer with a shooting photo session in a typical Andalusian patio.

Travelling Through History

Today, some of its treasures are still visible to the visitor: in its main staircase, you can observe the display of the Solano family (the admiral’s wife family, necessary for him to agree to form a part of the Sevillian nobility) with the motto “They went with sun and came those who defeated the Moors”.

After crossing the entrance, we receive a spectacular triple arch gate that gives way to a magnificent Andalusian patio. A square silver space surrounded by arches supported by marble columns, presided over by a hexagonal plant fountain adorned with palm trees and banana trees.

The exterior has a large two-story facade to Santiago Street, finished with the Sevillian technique of brick called “avitolado”.

Andalusian patios

Its Patio de los Naranjos is perfect to enjoy a cocktail or delicious gastronomic proposals with aromas of orange blossom. Las Conchas is famous for historical reasons, since it is said to be the original starting point of the Via de la Jacobea Route Silver, whose ritual requires the pilgrim to wet their hands in a cave-style fountain before leaving.

Palacio de Villapanés, Site of Cultural Interest

Since December 2009, the Villapanés Palace has been protected as an Asset of Interest of the city of Seville, as it is considered to be one of the main exhibitions of the 18th century and retains most of its original architectural elements. A miracle of hospitality and the perfect host to discover the city.

The hotel itself is history, but what stands out the most is a service geared towards customer excellence. The staff uniforms, made by the Galician designer Roberto Diz, adds a level of exclusivity to the experience.  The great work of our team has been awarded for more than 10 years, with several awards for excellence. This is why they deserve to be nominated in the short list of “Best Service” and “Best Value Experience” for the Conde Nast Johansens Excellence Awards.

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Cooking in Quarantine: Jorge Cortés, Head Chef at Palacio de Villapanés shares one of his recipes.

Jorge Cortés, Head Chef at Palacio de Villapanés shares with us its recipe of the traditional Iberian pork cheek, a native dish from the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula.  The perfect recipe to impress during quarantine!

Ingredients (for 2 people):

300 gr of Iberian cheeks
60 ml olive oil
30 ml of amontillado (Amontillado is a pale dry sherry wine made in Montilla, a town in southern Spain), any other dry sherry wine you have will be appropriate
30 ml of red wine
100 gr of onion
60 gr of green pepper
60 gr of red pepper
100 tomato
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of paprika
Fine salt
1 lt of water

Recipe:

1. Clean the meat leaving the surplus membranes all around and season it with salt and pepper.

2. Cut the garlic

3. Cut all the vegetables mentioned in the ingredients list

4. Add the oil and heat it

5. Fry the garlic, then the onion

6. Once fried, we add the rest of vegetables until they are cooked

7. Then we add the cheeks, and we braise.

8. Add the species and the wines

9. We cover with water and we leave it on low heat for 2 and a half hours until it becomes tender.

10. Once you reach the good tenderness, we put apart the cheeks and we blend the surplus of juice

11. Serve it!

3 incredible spiritual baths rituals to do at home during the quarantine

How to turn your bath into a sacred ritual 

Quarantines times can involve stress and anxiety. And to fight this stress, our partner BellSire Seville gives you 3 ideas of spiritual baths to find peace in these hard days of confinement. Spiritual cleansing baths are used to reject the negative, open the paths, eliminate negative situations, attract positivity and above all … relax!

The time has come to make your daily bath a sacred ritual, a spiritual moment where you can find yourself and unwind your mind. With water at different temperatures we can obtain therapeutic results and rapidly feel calm and decontraction .If you add  some essential oils and plants you will increase the effect, making your bath a true moment of peace and relaxation.

 

1. Baths for Muscle Aches and Soreness

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  • Fill your bathtub with water at a temperature between 29 and 38 degrees (between 84,2 °F and 100,4 °F)
  • Add rosemary, chamomiles, lavender, it can be in essential oils, in infusion bags or plants directly taken from your garden. Between 10 and 20 drops of essential oil will be enough.
  • To obtain an homogeneous mix of essential oils in the water, you will need to add a little honey, a glass of wine, oat milk, rice, or salt from the dead sea.
  • If you have a body and facial scrub, that is even better! You can have greater cleaning results, activation and purification of your skin

 

2. Rejuvenating bath

  • Fill your bathtub with water at a temperature betwen 30 and 38 degrees (between 86 °F and 100,4 °F)
  • Add sandalwood, myrrh, orange, rose or lemon. Between 10 and 20 drops of essential oil. If you want better results do not forget to add a glass of wine. The polyphenols found in the wine are rejuvenator and antioxidant. You can serve you another glass of wine to taste, there is no greater pleasure!
  • You can add to your water products that you probably have at home: lemon or orange rind, cinnamon sticks, grapefruit, oregano, fresh rosemary or dried roses.
  • A good exfoliation will help you get a perfect purification on your skin.
  • Remember to gently dry your skin and nourish it after your bath

 

3. Baño circulatorio

  • Fill your bathtub with water between 29 and 38 degrees (between 84,2 °F and 100,4 °F)
  • Add essential oils like chamomile, lavender, juniper, lemon, or cypress. And do not forget to add a conductor such as neutral gel, sea salt dead or a little honey…
  • Before the end of your bath, do a good exfoliation on your legs, feet or buttocks, it will help oxygenate the blood and improve
    your circulation.
  • After your bath, apply on your body an oil for blood circulation

 

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Condé Nast Traveler reveals its selection of must-see hidden corners in Seville

Last month the luxury and lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveler revealed some of the best kept secrets spots in Seville! You already know by heart all the corners of the beautiful Giralda bell tower and the Betis street is no longer a secret for you? Then  keep reading if you want to know the B-side of Seville.

Have you heard about Plaza del Cabildo?

This is one of Sevilla best secrets, even for Sevillanos inhabitants! This charming place is formed by a series of arches supported by marble columns and decorated by the Sevillian artist José Palomar. Far from the hustle and bustle of the urban activity, this place seems like disconnected from the rest of the city and here silence is the key.

Buying sweets from nuns

 

 

A quick stop at El Torno, a traditional pastry shop specializing in sweets made in the convents of Sevilla. The nuns sell their homemade sweets to support themselves and continue to live within their convents. Based on ingredients as simple as eggs, flour, sugar, almonds, cinnamon or cabello de àngel – a transparent threaded jam made from Siam pumpkin – these traditional pastries will be for sure the best gifts to bring home from Seville.

Soho Benita, the Spanish SoHo

Then, under the good guidance of Condé Nast Traveler, let’s discover another part of the city with the  ‘Avenida de la Palmera’ , which is a faithful witness of the beginning of the 20th century in Seville and of one of the most important event that took place back in time: the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929, which completely changed the urban composition of the city.

We are encouraged to discover some of the most representative pavilions of that exhibition. Although nowadays these pavilions have others roles they do continue to stand for great jewels of the Hispanic architecture and definitely worth the visit.

The exquisite Pabellon Mudejar (now the Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares), with its tiles and horseshoe arches, is located in the Plaza de Las Americas and is one of the must see pavilions of that exhibition.

Read here the original article in Spanish

International Chefs day 2019: Interview with chef Jorge Cortés

Seville is a vibrant and seductive city. You will fell in love with its light, with its 3,000 years of history and 300 sunny days a year … and of course, its gastronomic heritage.

From the kitchen of Los Rincones Del Marqués restaurant, Jorge Cortés expresses his love for cooking, a passion inherited from his family.

Each year on October 20th we celebrate International Chefs Day. Since its creation by esteemed chef Dr. Bill Gallagher in 2004, Worldchefs has committed to using International Chefs Day to celebrate the nobility of the profession, always remembering that it is the chef’s duty to pass on his knowledge and culinary skills to the next generation of chefs with a sense of pride and commitment to the future.

This is the opportunity to learn more about the chef at the head of Palacio de Villapanes‘ kitchen.

What is your professional background?

Everything started in 2002 in the kitchen where my father was working. There, the traditional Spanish cuisine and of course, the Andalusian one, were playing an important role. And as far as I can remember, cooking has always been my passion. My grandmother has been one of the most influential person in my life in this aspect, an excellent cooker who learned everything at home in the 1930’s. She passed all of her knowledge to the 3 generations, my father, my brother and I.

My brother Adriano is a model for me, one of the best cooker in the family and my main inspiration in my cooking.

¿How would you define your style in the kitchen?

My cuisine is a fusion of culinary avant-garde techniques. I want to reach the best of Sevillan and Spanish cuisine, which is for me the cradle of the gastronomy I feel close to.

Author’s cuisine, inspired by the tradition, the culinary culture, using the finest produce.

 

¿What is your biggest daily challenges while cooking?

Cooking is a constant challenge, a demanding task, and a wonderful challenge! Cooking for people is a great responsibility. Palacio de Villapanés and Los Rincones del Marques’ guests are citizens from all over the world with a great experience and a rich culinary culture.

What are the must-try dishes that you recommend in Los Rincones Del Marqués?

Without any doubt, the Seville tomato soup with cod and sake, or the fried sea bass with Teriyaki. Dishes that combine my philosophy and my way of understanding the essence of Los Rincones del Marques. The first is a recipe that dates back to the Sevillan decade of the 40s, when resources were scarce, and among them the raw material, a dish where the product is the protagonist, and like sea bass, basics and stars of the kitchen Mediterranean

¿Could you give 5 or 6 words that describe your style?

– Traditional
– Techniques
– Sincere
– Direct
– Fun

Tell us about one product or dishes you love to eat.

I don’t have any preferences. I like diversity, multicultural cuisine and I like when there is a story behind a dish. I also like to understand the origin of the product.

One dish that you don’t like?

I have a huge respect for food in general.

What do you think about the zero kilometer trend?

I think this is really important. This is the origin of the gastronomy. That is a good compromise between agriculture and proximity, between seasonal and organic production.

In the restaurant, what are your practices in terms of sustainability and waste reduction?

We have a strict protocole. At a corporative level, we are committed in a sustainable program: plastic removal and shrinkage reduction. 

Jorge Cortés’s cuisine inspiration comes from the market and from the healthful Mediterranean cuisine. His cuisine is above all a healthy way of living life and reflects the way Andalusians are, their way of life, and the incredible personality of Andalusians in general.

Los Rincones del Marqués

Calle Santiago, 31, 41003 Seville
Online reservations for 8 or less
For groups reservations (more than 8) please call the 954 50 20 63
Opening hours: 19:30 to 22:30

Royal Alcázar of Seville

Seville was recently named best city to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet

Royal Alcázar of Seville

Royal Alcázar of Seville

Seville was recently named best city to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet

 

Rich in culture and sizzling with energy, this Andalusian city is a feast for the senses, fantastic traditional tapas, wealth of artistic and cultural, great wines and original Andalusian charm. The city envelops and captivates the visitor with a mixture of beauty and feeling. Do you want to come?

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SEVILLE’S APRIL FAIR 2018

This Saturday, with the traditional ‘Alumbrao’ (the lighting of all the bulbs in the fairground), Seville’s April Fair is officially started and the magic begins.

 

Seville is a vibrant city that glows specially during its fair; the music, the food, the dancing and the general joy create a very special and unique atmosphere.

 

During the next week more than a thousand ‘casetas’ or tents, installed in the fairground, will become the second home of the city’s population and the party will continue all week long.  It’s also the best time to see women dressed with their beautiful ‘trajes de flamenca’ (typical andalusian costume).

 

At Palacio Villapanés we celebrate the traditional ‘Noche del Pescaito’ with a very special menu:

 

SPECIAL FERIA

TAPAS MENU 2 PAX. 30€

Gazpacho, potato salad,

Spanish omellete and traditional fried fish

SNACKS

Potato salad with prawns and mayonnaise 10€

Variety of Andalusian cheeses 18€

Our oxtail croquettes 6 units 12€

Iberian ham 100gr 25€

Cured sirloin sausage 100gr 20€

Spanish omellete 14€

Traditional fried fish 18€

 

Don’t miss the chance to live the Feria like an authentic Sevillian; it’s a unique experience you at least have to live once in a lifetime.

Dress by María José Collantes.

La Noche de Todos los Santos

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“La noche de los difuntos me despertó a no sé que hora el doble de las campanas. Su tañido monótono y eterno me trajo a las mientes esta tradición que oí hace poco en Soria. (…) Yo la oí en el mismo lugar en que acaeció, y la he escrito volviendo algunas veces la cabeza con miedo, cuando sentía crujirlos cristales de mi balcón, estremecidos por el aire frío de la noche.”

El Monte de las Ánimas

Leyenda 15 Soria

Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

 

Cada año, el 1 de Noviembre, España celebra su fiesta en recuerdo y honra de sus parientes fallecidos, fiesta que se conoce como el Día de Todos los Santos. Muchas familias, especialmente aquellas generaciones mayores que están apegadas a las tradiciones, se reúnen en los cementerios para hacer una visita a los seres queridos que han fallecidos para hacerles saber que no les han olvidado.

Lo más tradicional de 1 de Noviembre es comprar flores, especialmente crisantemos y llevarlas al cementerio. Las Iglesias dicen misa en memoria de aquellos fallecidos que permanecen en el purgatorio.

A pesar del sentimiento de tristeza que tiene este día, las familias se reúnen para celebrar la vida y disfrutar de delicias como buñuelos de viento, huesos de santos, panellets, vino dulce y sobre todo muchas castañas tomando especial protagonismo este fruto de la estación en la que transcurren estas fiestas.

Panellets

 

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Así se celebra en España el día de Todos los Santos

 

GALICIA: SAMAÍN

En muchas aldeas gallegas las familias salen por la noche a los cementerios para rezar a las almas de los muertos a la luz de las velas. Durante la noche de Samaín desaparece el límite entre el mundo de los vivos y el de los muertos.

 

CANARIAS: LA NOCHE DE LOS FINAOS

Los canarios celebran la noche de los Finaos, una tradición que hace que todos los miembros de la familia se reúnan en casa para recordar a sus finaos, es decir, a sus muertos. Esta tradición a salido a las calles y los pueblos celebran la noche de los finaos con música, bailes y una gran hoguera.

 

CATALUÑA: LA CASTANYADA

La Noche de los Santos en Cataluña es sinónimo de Castanyada. Esta fiesta que procede del siglo XVIII tienen una gran protagonista: la castaña asada. Esta fiesta está relacionada con personajes como los campaners, que tras atiborrarse de castañas y dulces para cargarse de energía tocaba las campanas de las iglesias durante toda la noche en memoria de los fallecidos.

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PAÍS VASCO: GAZTAÑARRE EGUNA

Fiesta de la castaña asada, es una tradición gastronómica en la que la familia y amigos se reúnen para celebrar una merienda donde no pueden faltar caracoles en salsa, motokil y castañas asadas de postre.

 

CÁDIZ: LA FIESTA DE LOS TOSANTOS

Los gaditanos trasladan su carnaval al mercado en su fiesta de Tosantos, aquí no solo son las personas las que se disfrazan, también lo hacen los animales y las verduras del mercado. En estas fechas el mercado Central y el Virgen del Rosario participan en el concurso de exornos de puestos, recreando escenas cómicas con muñecos hechos con frutas, verduras, carnes, pescados y frutos secos, que representan y critican a políticos y personajes de la sociedad española.
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BEGÍJAR (JAÉN): GACHAS PARA CERRAR CERRADURAS

En la Noche de Todos los Santos, los vecino de Begíjar salen a la calle con cazuelas llenas de gachas para tapar las cerraduras de las casas. De esta manera se espantan a los malos espíritus de las casas.

 

EXTREMADURA: DÍA DE LA CHAQUETÍA

Los extremeños salen al campo a divertirse en su conocido día de la Chaquetía. Los jóvenes y niños son los protagonistas. Cargados de castañas, almendras, higos, granadas y membrillos se reúnen en el monte a pasar un buen rato.

 

SORIA: BEQUER Y EL MONTE DE LAS ÁNIMAS

En la noche de los muertos, los sorianos rinden homenaje a Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer y a una de sus conocidas leyendas de terror, el Monte de las Ánimas, cuyo escenario es un monte que existe en Soria. Cada noche del 31 de octubre, títeres gigantes, esqueletos , monjes templarios y otros espectros se reúnen en las calles de la ciudad con la única luz de las antorchas y los candiles. Con las ascuas de la hoguera que hacen se crea un manto de brasas por el que pasan descalzos los mas valientes.

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ALCALÁ DE HENARES: DON JUAN TENORIO_BCE8308

Alcalá de Henares reúne cada noche del 31 de octubre a miles de personas. La razón, la representación de la obra de José Zorrilla “Don Juan Tenorio” . Declarada Fiesta de Interés Turístico Regional es representada al aire libre en el Palacio Arzobispal.

 

 

En los últimos años está creciendo la popularización de la versión anglosajona de este día, el conocido Halloween, cada vez se hace mas natural ver a gente disfrazada de brujas y monstruos por las calles de nuestras ciudades, planes de ocio para niños y mayores acompañan esta opción de celebrar la mágica noche del 31 de octubre de una forma mas terrorífica.

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Leyendas de la Catedral de Sevilla II

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“Sevilla es una ciudad que desafía a la literatura. Es simplemente una de las ciudades más bellas del mundo, con una historia que atraviesa siglos y maravillosos monumentos y edificios junto a frondosos parques con el sereno río Guadalquivir discurriendo por el centro de la ciudad.”

The Guardian 2008

LAS LÁGRIMAS DE SAN PEDRO

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Se trata de una tradición muy antigua que resulta desconocida todavía para muchos sevillanos.

La referencia más antigua data de 1403, cuando el infante D. Carlos por la toma de Antequera ordena celebrar regocijos por la noche de san pedro desde la Giralda.

El día 28 de Junio de cada año, a las doce de la noche, seis clarineros acompañados por siete alabarderos, todos con uniforme de gala, entran por la puerta de Campanillas de la catedral al Santísimo en la Capilla de la Virgen de los Reyes, se dirigen a la entrada de la Giralda. Allí quedarán formados los siete lanceros, siguiendo hasta el campanario los seis clarineros.

En el cuerpo de campanas, comienza a tocar una melodía que se repite tres veces, en recuerdo de las tres negaciones de San Pedro, desde cada una de las caras del campanario: la primera hacia el Alcázar, después hacia el Aljarafe, la plaza de San Francisco y la plaza de la Virgen de los Reyes.

Este rito se repite en la mañana del día 29, festividad de San Pedro a las 9:30h. y a las 12 del medio día. Desde hace unos años la Giralda anuncia la fiesta de San Pedro con un toque solemne de campanas.

Es un bello recuerdo del pasado que merece la pena no olvidar.

 

LAS CADENAS DE LA CATEDRAL

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Las cadenas de la catedral de Sevilla se pusieron en 1.565 para evitar que los mercaderes de las gradas que rodeaban al recinto, entraran con cabalgaduras en los días de mal tiempo para refugiarse. También servían para acogerse al derecho de asilo que los ciudadanos desesperados imploraban ante la dureza que demostraba la justicia ordinaria en aquel momento: siglo XVI. Este derecho, impedía que los representantes de la justicia penetraran en lugares sagrados para ejecutar sus acciones.

Esta disposición de las cadenas en torno al edificio, propiciaba roces y pleitos entre las distintas jurisdicciones que tardaban largos períodos de tiempo en resolverse.

Al hecho de refugiarse de esta forma se le conoce como retraimiento. No siempre era respetado y dependía del grado del delito cometido.

Las cadenas eran frontera de la vida ajetreada del exterior del recinto catedralicio y de la paz y sosiego imperantes en el interior del recinto sagrado.

 

 

Leyendas de la Catedral de Sevilla

Catedral de Sevilla

Hagamos una Iglesia que los que la vieren labrada nos tengan por locos” así tradujo el pueblo lo que habían decidido en sus reuniones los canónigos de Sevilla en 1401. Estaban dando a luz, sin saberlo del todo, esta maravilla que hoy contemplamos y cuya historia resulta sorprendente.

Las Lágrimas de San Pedro, los Restos de Cristóbal Colón, el Giraldillo o el Lagarto son algunas de las leyendas que dan vida a los muros de la Catedral gótica más grande del mundo.

 

EL GIRALDILLO

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…una vez me mandó que fuese a desafiar a aquella famosa giganta de Sevilla, llamada Giralda, que es tan valiente y fuerte como esta de bronce y sin mudarse de un lugar, es la más movible y voltaria mujer del mundo…”

Capítulo 14, “Caballero del Bosque”

El ingenioso caballero don Quijote de la Mancha 

Miguel de Cervantes

 

El Giraldillo, símbolo de la ciudad de Sevilla, estatua renacentista de bronce que representa la Fe victoriosa y corona la torre de la Giralda, quizás la más majestuosa obra del Renacimiento Sevillano.

Es una veleta y da nombre a la torre que la sostiene. En la mano derecha lleva un gran estandarte, con el que choca el viento y en la izquierda, sostiene una palma, símbolo del cristianismo. En la cabeza lleva un casco y va vestida como una auténtica Minerva.

Pesa 1300Kg. y  mide 7,5m. Fue fundida y esculpida por Bartolomé Morel en el año 1568.

 

EL LAGARTO

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En el patio de los naranjos, en el lado de la nave Este, justo antes de acceder por la puerta de la granada, y colgados en la parte superior a la entrada se encuentran 4 objetos: un cocodrilo de madera de tamaño natural suspendido de las vigas del techo y adosados a la pared superior de la puerta se encuentran un bocado de caballo, un colmillo de elefante y un bastón de mando.

Por el año 1260, el sultán de Egipto envió una embajada al Rey Alfonso X “El Sabio” para pedir la mano de su hija. La embajada trajo diversos presentes, entre ellos: un hermoso colmillo de elefante, un cocodrilo del Nilo vivo y una jirafa domesticada con su montura. El Rey Castellano rechazó la petición de mano de su hija y aquí se quedaron el cocodrilo, la jirafa y los presentes. Pasando el tiempo y muerto el cocodrilo se disecó y su piel rellena de paja fue colgada en los patios de los naranjos juntos con la montura, el colmillo y el bastón de mando.

El cocodrilo actual está tallado en madera por un autor desconocido y se estima del Siglo XVI. Hoy en día sólo se conserva la estructura restaurada del animal en madera, popularmente llamado “Lagarto” por no conocerse, en aquel momento, espécimen mayor que dicho animal y dando nombre tanto a la nave del patio que lo contiene como a la puerta de acceso.

Dice la leyenda que esos objetos fueron puestos en representación de las virtudes cardinales: el cocodrilo como la prudencia, el colmillo como la fortaleza, la montura como la templanza, y el bastón de mando como la justicia.

En la actualidad, el Lagarto es uno de los objetos más populares de la Catedral y más buscado por niños y adultos que se asombran de semejante elemento puesto en un lugar tan sagrado como es este templo.