Women of Seville Private Tour | Queens, Nuns & Courtesans
Discover the lives and stories of some of the famous women of Seville on this historic three-hour tour of the charming Santa Cruz district. Enjoy a guided tour of the stunning Alcazar Real, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the lovely Jardines de Murillo and beautiful Jardines del Prado de San Sebastian, wander through the exquisite botanical Maria Luisa Park to the spectacular Plaza de Espana with its semi-circular buildings, impressive moat, fountain and bridges. On this specially curated tour you will learn the HERSTORY of Seville’s women, from the devout Queen Isabella, to the scandalous Maria de Padilla – mistress to King Peter the Cruel.
- Discover the lives of Seville’s historic women on this three hour private tour.
- Enjoy priority access to the Alcázar Real, Europe’s oldest working royal palace.
- Stroll the charming streets, and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of Santa Cruz.
- Visit the Jardines de Murillo and Jardines del Prado de San Sebastian.
- End at the magnificent Plaza de Espana.
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Learn the stories of Seville’s women while wandering through some of the most beautiful gardens, monuments and quaintly cobbled streets of this historic city. Enjoy a fully guided three hour tour of the historic Santa Cruz area, with priority access to the Alcazar, the 1000 year Renaissance-Moorish palace. Your tour will focus on the stories of several women of Seville whose lives are commemorated in some way – from a royal chapel to a humble tile.
Your tour will begin with the guide meeting you at your hotel, after which you will head to Alcazar! On your tour through the magnificent Alcazar, you will be shown the Oratory: the private chapel of Queen Isabella of Castile. Together with her husband, King Ferdinand of Aragon they completed the Spanish Reconquista with the conquest of Granada, the last Muslim stronghold in the south. They became known as the Catholic Monarchs.
Beneath this ancient castle, you’ll find the baths made famous by Dona Maria de Padilla, a 14th century noblewoman and mistress of King Peter the Cruel. Peter was married to Blanche de Boulogne but totally besotted with Maria, with whom he had three children. She set up her own court in the Alcazar, and would flaunt her dazzling beauty by walking through the palace to the baths entirely naked, causing quite the scandal!
Discover the secrets behind the name of the Maria Luisa Park – Seville’s most beautiful botanical gardens, filled with water features and statues. Admire a colourful tiled portrait of Catalina de Ribera embedded in the fountain in the Murillo gardens. A wealthy Renaissance noblewoman, she built the Casa de Pilatos and Palacio de Dueñas, but her greatest legacy is her founding of the 16th Century Hospital of the Five Wounds for plague victims and the poor.
Along your tour, you will learn of the lives of other non-royal women such as Angela of the Cross, who despite her impoverished upbringing in the late 1800s and poor health founded the Sisters of the Cross, an institute to help the homeless and sick. She was made a saint in 2003.
Hear the tragic story of a daughter’s betrayal of her Jewish father at a small tile with a portrait of La Susona, hidden in a roundabout in the Maria Luisa park. Jews were persecuted in the middle ages and Diego Suson, along with other Jewish conspirators plotted insurrection. His daughter Susana took fright and reported the plan to the authorities. Her father was executed. Wracked with guilt she retired to a convent. To mark her remorse she asked that her head hang outside her door in Santa Cruz. It is now a tile with an image of her skull.
There are many other hidden stories of illustrious and lesser known women hidden in plain sight in the great sights and monuments of the city. This tour really peels back the layers of history – to reveal herstory!
- Private expert tour guide with pick up from hotel
- Tickets and tour of Alcazar
- Santa Cruz district
- Jardines de Murillo
- Jardines del Prado de San Sabastian
- Plaza di Espana
- Focus on female historical characters
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