The former convent of Merced Calzada was restored to create this magnificient Fine Arts Museum in 1839. Since then, and thanks to its impressive collection, it has earned the status of one of the most important art collections in Spain after the Prado Museum.
The entrance to the museum is a beautiful archway that contains the image of the Virgin of Mercy alongside other characters in a vaulted niche. The entrance hall and the cloisters contain a rich and varied collection of tiles from Seville.
The museum’s collection comprises the works which survived the artistic pillaging by foreign exporters that took place in Seville in the first half of the 19th Century. The current collection of paintings is divided into two sections: Baroque Seville and secondly a section dedicated to romantic and typical images.
Apart from works belonging to famous schools of Seville, Valencia and Catalonia in the 15th Century, there is also a collection of Flemish paintings. One of the gems of the museum is undoubtedly the ‘Portrait of Jorge Manuel’ which was painted by his father, El Greco.
Where: Plaza del Museo, 9
Opening Hours: Tuesday, from 14:30 to 20:30h. Wednesday to Saturday from 9:00 to 20:30h. Sundays from 9:00 t0 14:30h. Closed on Monday.
Price: €1.50. Free admission for EU members.