When the Catholic conquest of southern Spain ended in Granada in 1492, not all of the region’s Moorish population fled. ‘Muédjar’ is the name given to those who remained but who did not convert to Catholicism (unlike the ‘Moriscos’, who did); their continued presence in Andalusia also resulted in an architectural style of the same name that combines both Moorish and Christian influences. Some of the finest examples of this unique style are visible in the Andalusian capital.
This gorgeous 15th/16th-century mansion is one of central Seville’s more obscure historical attractions but is one of its most beautiful Mudéjar structures. Started by the wealthy ‘conquistador’ and Mayor of Andalucia, Pedro Enriquez de Quiñones, in the late 1400s and like Seville’s great Alcazar, Casa de Pilatos is a captivating mixture of Mudéjar and Renaissance styles. Its various quarters sit around a central courtyard that features some of the most beautiful gardens in Seville. So attractive is the palace that it’s starred in two films – 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia and 2010’s Knight and Day. It takes its name (‘Pilate’s House’) from Quiñones’s son Fadrique, who travelled to Jerusalem in 1519 and returned overflowing with enthusiasm for the Holy Land.
Casa de Pilatos, 1 Plaza de Pilatos, Seville, Spain, +34 954 22 52 98