Castle of San Jorge

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Castle of San Jorge

Castle reopens as a tourist information point

The marvellous Castillo de San Jorge has its origins as a Muslim construction in the 10th century, and has been recovered and reopened as a tourist information point (Monday to Friday working days from 9.30 to 13.30) as a way of expanding the tourist areas of the city, as there are many tourists who ask for information about the Triana neighbourhood. 

The idea is also to promote this space as a museum. It is located in the heart of the Triana district, on the banks of the Guadalquivir (which is why it was also a strategic place to dominate that part of the river), and in addition to its location and architectural value, it has a dark history in the name of the Inquisition. But not everything was black: its location made it a place with fertile land for sowing cereals, vines and olive trees.

A neighbourhood with a great offer

Here you can find recommendations of new itineraries for tourists in the area of Triana -which has been underused until now- where the Castle is located and where you can find a great deal of information about flamenco or handmade ceramics, for example. 

In fact, the intention is to signpost tourist itineraries through this neighbourhood, highlighting the flamenco “tablaos”, or the bars, clubs and schools related to flamenco in the area. As far as crafts are concerned, it is worth remembering that there is a specific space such as the Museum of Ceramics, where is explained everything you need to know about the tradition of pottery, which in Seville dates back to the 15th century.

In the area around the castle you can also take a route to discover the neighbourhood’s corrals, which are one of the most typical manifestations of this neighbourhood. 

Its main function right now is to guide tourists to those cultural spots in the neighbourhood that have so far been little explored.

The Castle of the Inquisition

The Castle of San Jorge deserves to be in a better position and to host a real cultural space. It has plenty of arguments in its history. Its beginnings date back to the time when Seville was under Almohad domination and later, in the Christian era, after the capture of Seville by Fernando III El Santo, it was given to the Order of St. George, who built the first parish church in the Triana neighbourhood here, making it the scene of the city’s history for many years. 

In 1481 the Catholic Monarchs ceded the Castle to the Holy Inquisition because they had outgrown their headquarters, and until 1785 it remained as the seat of the Inquisition Tribunal where those accused of heresy were taken, but just after it was almost completely demolished, and a few years later it was restored and the Triana Market was installed here; although the deficiencies of its construction have meant that it has not been possible to use this place in all its splendour.

It is also believed that the Renaissance sculptor Pietro de Torrigiano, famous for the Saint Jerome in the Museum of Fine Arts in Seville, may have died in this castle. 

Because of these and so many other stories, the Castillo de San Jorge deserves to be renovated as a museum complex.

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