In the Charity Hospital, the façade itself is noteworthy, with its elegant lines and outstanding decorative beauty. The interior takes us on a journey into the past, starting with the striking and luminous double courtyard. Here you will find two fountains with sculptures of Mercy and Charity which date from the 17th century. The walls of the courtyard are decorated with a series of Dutch ceramic panels depicting scenes from the Bible.
However its greatest artistic wealth is to be found in the interior of the church. Art works which stand out in its interior include the Hieroglyphs of Death, dramatic and terrifying representations of Death painted by Valdés Leal, and a complete a series of six paintings by Murillo which represent the Acts of Mercy.
The Presbytery houses the impressive Main Altarpiece. This intensely Baroque work by Pedro Roldán, Bernardo Simón de Pineda y Valdés Leal represents the Seventh Act of Mercy, burial of the dead.
The visit continues with the Chapter Hall, which dates from the 17th century and is still used for meetings of the Brotherhood. It is decorated with works by Zurbarán, Pedro de Camprobín and Valdés Leal and combines the Gothic architecture of the Royal Shipyards with the splendour of the classic Seville Baroque style.
Finally, rest a while in the beautiful Courtyard of the Rose Bushes, which is framed by the arches of the Royal Shipyards and conserves rose bushes which were planted in the time of Miguel Mañara.
It is also possible to visit the Upper Gallery (by appointment), which houses much of the brotherhood’s art collection, along with private quarters such as the Library, the Upper Chapter Hall and the Choir, which offers a unique view of the church.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 9:00 to 13:00 and 15:30 to 19:00 hours. Sunday, from 9:00 to 12:30 hours.
Entrance fee: €5 euros with audioguide. Groups (10+), €4. Sunday, free for Seville residents.