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Route of Casas Palacio in Seville: the “New Rome”

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

[caption id="attachment_5025" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Casa de Pilatos, one of the casas-palacio on the new route in Seville. Photo: Michelle Chaplow[/caption]   After the excitement of the opening last week of Las Duenas, the Duquesa de Alba's palace, a new route in Seville has been announced of palaces and casa-palacios. Individually, these 23 palaces ...

Palacio de las Dueñas, the Duquesa de Alba’s home, opens to public on 17 March

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

    Next week one of the most hotly-anticipated new attractions in Seville opens its doors - the Palacio de las Duenas, favourite residence of the late Duquesa de Alba. From 10am on Thursday 17 March, you'll be able to see inside the home of one of Spain's most famous aristocrats, the most ...

Historic houses opening to the public in Seville this autumn

Friday, July 17th, 2015

If you are planning a visit to Seville once the intense summer heat has dissipated, then you may be pleased to hear that, from this autumn, two important historic monuments with aristocratic heritage will be available to visit for the first time. One is the Palacio de las Dueñas, the home of the late Duquesa ...

New king of Spain: Felipe VI

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_14182" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="King Felipe VI of Spain is sworn in at the Palacio de Congresos de los Diputados in Madrid."] [/caption] Today is a historic day for Spain. The country has a new king: Felipe VI. The abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos, was officially approved as a ...

The King Abdicates

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13905" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Abdication statement of King Juan Carlos of Spain, handed to the President of the Government this morning.[/caption] “Su Majestad el Rey Juan Carlos acaba de comunicarme su voluntad de renunciar al trono y abrir el proceso sucesorio.” "His Majesty King Juan Carlos has just informed me that he ...

A historic hotel reopens in Sevilla

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5529" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="New for spring, the Alfonso XIII's terrace, part of its 20-million-euro refurbishment."][/caption] One of the most famous hotels in Andalucia, the Alfonso XIII reopens to the public today after a nine-month, 20-million-euro refurbishment. A landmark in Sevilla, it is a huge, imposing building situated next to the ...

Casa de Alba puts on a historic show

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_4787" align="aligncenter" width="250" caption="Titian's painting of the Gran Duque de Alba, who started the Casa De Alba's art collection, now one of the most important private collections in the world."][/caption] The Casa de Alba - whose head, the redoubtable Cayetana, 18th Duquesa de Alba, recently wed for the third ...

A (light-hearted) look back at 2011

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

As this is my last proper blog post of 2011 - I will be wishing you a happy new year next week, but other than that I get a (well-earned) break between Christmas and New Year - I thought it would be a good chance to take a look back ...

How the other half lives

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Salvados interview with Cayetano Martinez de Irujo. The Spanish generally enjoy a good relationship with their aristocracy - they tolerate their picadilloes and foibles, discussing them in animated chat shows, poring over them in the prensa rosa, and treating them like a live telenovella (soap opera) created for their own ...

The Duquesa and the bobadas

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Yesterday was the official launch day for the Duquesa de Alba's much-anticipated autobiography, Yo, Cayetana. Sadly, the event had to be cancelled when the Duchess had an unfortunate accident. She fell at her home, Palacio de las Dueñas in Seville, and suffered a hairline fracture to her pelvis. At 85 years, the ...