Casa Fabiola, a classic Sevillian palace characteristic of the Santa Cruz neighborhood and dating back to the Renaissance, is located on Calle Fabiola in front of Calle Aire. It was chosen by the Ayuntamiento de Sevilla to house an extensive artwork collection by Mariano Bellver.
The palatial house, which adjoins the wall of the old Jewish quarter, is distributed around a courtyard with semicircular arches and galleries decorated in the Renaissance style. The building itself dates back the XVII and XVII centuries and features decorative elements, such as coffered ceilings in the dining room, carved doors, and the base of the main staircase covered in tiles from Triana.
Casa Fabiola is the house where Nicolas Wisema, the first cardinal archbishop of Westminster with the restoration fo the Catholic hierarchy in England and Wales, was born. Furthermore, the palace was a convent in the 18th century. The Lara family, owners of Grupo Planeta, bought the property from the heirs of the Marqueses de Ríos in 2000 and carries out conservation projects to restore the house to its former glory.
This is just another example of a palatial house in Seville that preserves the essence of noble residents of the city. As a museum, tourists and residents alike can visit this wonderful gem hidden in the city centre. With a remarkable collection of tiles, polychrome wooden coffered ceilings, paintings, and stunning decoration, Casa Fabioba is a must-see when strolling through the Barrio de Santa Cruz.