Hospital de la Caridad, Sevilla
This building was one of the first we came across as we walked from our hotel to the old quarter - it was just a taster of things to come in Seville that we enjoyed so much. Built in the 17th century the façade of the hospital's San Jorge church provides an outstanding example of Sevillian Baroque. The blue and white ceramic murals depict Faith, Hope and Charity, DSt George slaying the dragon and St James, the slayer of the Moors.
This building is also associated with one of the most illustrious figures of Seville's history: Miguel Manara,("Don Juan" model) who had a reputation as a womaniser and reveller, and who withdrew to a hermitage at the age of 34. He drew up rules which gave the poor and those condemned to death the right to a burial. There are several fine artwork inside but on this sunny day we were anxious to be outdoors - something for another vist perhaps. Caridad means Charity, and today the hospital is still used as a retreat for poor and elderly people.
Visits Mo-Fr 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays and Holidays no visits.
The Hospital de la Caridad was started in the 17th century as a place for the elderly and destitute. The Hospital still serves that purpose today. The inner courtyard is a peaceful setting with a fountain and arches adorned in orange. The gem of the Hospital is the chapel which includes artworks by some of the major artists of 17th century Sevilla: Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Juan de Valdes Leal, and Pedro Roldan. Leal's two paintings, Finis Gloriae Mundi (The End of Earthly Glory) and In Ictu Oculi (In the Blink of an Eye) are especially chilling and thought provoking.
The baroc church and the patio of this house are definitely worth a visit! On the patio you can find beautiful azulejos representing different religious themes. This patio is also home to some retired Sevillians, who like to enjoy the sun on the benches. One of them tried to have a conversation with me, but I really had problems understanding him, since he already lost most of his teeth ;-))
Inside the church are some nice paintings.
The Hospital de la Caridad is founded in 1674 and still serves as a home for the elderly. The building was designed by Pedro Sanchez Falconete.
In the picture you see the facade of the church, white walls with blue tiles.
The building is worth visiting inside too. You can visit from 9:00 to 13:30 and 15:30 to 19:50. Except on sundays only in the morning.