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“The best attraction in Seville - please read why you must see it!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija

Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija
Ranked #26 of 276 things to do in Seville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Central Coast, NSW, Australia
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“The best attraction in Seville - please read why you must see it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

Now this one is really special. I can explain why this is down the list on TripAdvisor and worth the effort to go and see. Firstly, some 'reviewers' didn't actually locate the Palace and have marked it down without seeing it. Others noted difficulty entering re opening hours, or tour hours, or the gloomy upstairs display. Let me clear those issues up and explain why this is a must see in Seville and should rank well ahead of the very popular Casa de Pilatos.

Is it difficult to find? That part of Seville can be a little maze-like, even if you have a trusty map. We didn't find it difficult, but we did go one extra block and come from the other side. A little preparation will fix that (or online maps nowadays!). While it's not on a main arterial road, that's part of the charm of the place, it is very quiet inside. We also enjoyed the stroll through that part of Seville.

Opening hours and set tour times. We did our research so we knew when to arrive, and how frequently english language tours of the top floor departed. In fact we arrived a little early, and this allowed us to explore downstairs, before the upstairs tour. Group sizes for tours are limited which is a very good thing because it is not the Louvre, but a former stately home so the rooms aren't meant for 30 people. Our group had about 10 I think which was about the maximum, and the guide would explain a room, then allow enough time for each of the group to have a good look before moving on. We rated the guide very highly for being considerate of the group.

Is it gloomy or in poor condition? We didn't have that view at all. I can't remember but there is one famous painting in the house (Titian or Tintoretto maybe?) but the house is displayed as it truly was lived in. So that means natural lighting, and back in the day it would have been candles or low-level electric. It's not dark, but it's not lit up like a gaudy Christmas tree just so some tourists can get a better photo!

OK, so why is it so special. The former owner of this home took a real interest in ancient Roman mosaics. However rather than collect, or squirrel away, she had them installed into her home in courtyards and floor and wall spaces. It's amazing the passion the Countess must have had to do this. It involved remodelling the house and knocking out walls just to house some of these mosaics. They are an absolute treat and in excellent condition, especially when compared to mosaics you will see in Rome or Pompeii.

If you want a high-volume pristine museum experience run by professional archivists and historians, then this isn't for you. If you want to see one of the most special collections of Roman mosaics integrated into a lived in stately home, cared for lovingly by a small group of staff, then you can't miss it. The choice is yours. It would be amongst the first places I would recommend to anyone visiting Seville.

Visited April 2013
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“Can't find it!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

I can't tell you anything about this house because we couldn't find it. Looks great though. We were using a city map from the hotel which puts it in between two major streets on a short street. The tripadvisor map has it on one of those main streets. It's in a major shopping area; the people on the street wouldn't have known what a museum was, let alone where this one was. Be sure to get some definite info before setting out.

Visited April 2013
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“Would have loved to meet the Condesa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

She collected antiquities, and incorporated them into her palace. The amazingly well preserved mosaic floors from Italica (birthplace of Hadrian and Trajan) are incredible, and it's much nicer to experience them in this fabulous mansion than in a museum.

Visited April 2013
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“An impresive palace, impresive woman”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

Impresive house. The Condesa de Lebrija has beautiful collections of Roman Mosaics floors, exquisite examples of Moorish Architecture, paintains and ceramic collections. Most impresive to lean that Doña Regla took years to adapt the house to her collections. She was an interesting woman, scholar, archeologyst, writer, etc. We paid extra €4 to see the 2nd floor, were the family lived during the winter months. Our guide was very nice but his English very poor. Beause he has such a wonderful personality everybody in the group, try to help him with the vocabulary. If you want to read more check on line, Leyendas de Sevilla.

Visited March 2013
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Malaga, Spain
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“Beautiful Mosaic Floors”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

The Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija has one of the best collection of Roman mosaic floors in Spain. We are lucky that the Condesa acquired them and preserved them for our time.

Visited February 2013
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