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Casa de la Condesa de Lebrija

Mosaic Marvels

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The Countess of Lebrija was a surprisingly liberated lady for the era in which she lived. Whilst most women hurried to marry in the 19th century, she choose instead to travel the world and remain a spinster. Along the way she picked up all manner of interesting objects and souvenirs and many are housed here in her house just off one of the city’s busiest shopping streets.

Given its central location I’m always surprised how few visitors this place seems to get as I find it fascinating. Stars of the show are the tremendously ornate and well preserved Roman mosaics. One in particular features Cyclops at its center with female heads depicting the seasons in its corners. The Roman era marble flooring is less visually impressive but actually far rarer.

You can visit the upper level of the house as part of a guided tour – usually available in English. Here you can see the wonderfully romantic Arabic-style tea room and the book lined library.

If you want to see what the countess looked like, keep your eyes peeled for a tiny painting in the first room on the right off the main patio. She’s depicted in fancy dress – wearing an Egyptian costume


At A Glance

Address:
Cuna 8
Seville 41004
Phone:
954 22 78 02
Price:
n/a
Adults: 5 Euros ground floor, 8 Euros upper floor as well.
Hours:
Mon to Fri 10.30am-7.30pm (July/Aug 9am-3pm); Weekends 10am-2pm (July/Aug closed Sun)

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