#FAVMonument: San Luis Church and Pumarejo Palace

This week at #FAVMonument we have moved to the northern area of ​​the center of Seville, just as we do on our Hidden Gems route, to stop at two magnificent buildings on San Luis Street. This is the old Royal Street, the main artery and where the kings entered the city through the Macarena gate, just as Fernando III did once the city was conquered by his troops. It has not ceased to have this strategic nature, so also in this street during the Civil War fought hand by hand for it. Visiting San Luis is delighting by observing several churches that still preserve the minarets of previous mosques, it is to relive the way they lived not many years ago in the neighborhood patios and it is, above all, to relate to the people who live in their bars and local businesses that still survive. Of all its historical heritage we highlight the Church of Saint Louis and the Pumarejo Palace.

It is the best and most sumptuous Baroque temple in Seville, and it is a pity that the narrowness of the street has never allowed to appreciate the facade as it deserves, being hidden to our eyes the impressive bichromatic dome. The exterior is the work of the master architect Leonardo de Figueroa, key figure in the Sevillian baroque, author of San Telmo, El Salvador, Magdalena and the Hospital de la Caridad. The interior is the work of Pedro Duque Cornejo, who, inspired by Solomon's temple, arranged immense columns in the temple that leave the mouth open. This is one of the reasons why a large part of the city anxiously awaits the new opening of the building and the completion of the restoration works: to contemplate its magnificent interest in this building it has suffered many vicissitudes. It was built at the beginning of the XVIII century and the novitiate was inaugurated. Later the Jesuits were expelled and the Franciscans organize here a hospice for elderly religious. After the confiscation the Jesuits return, but soon the use given to this church will be very changeable: it has been a factory, hospice, orphanage, school ... until in the 60's it is abandoned. In the 90s it was restored and desacralized, and for a time it was used as a theater and concert hall.

The House, as it is known in the neighborhood, was a palace house, we still see its nobility shield in the corner of the facade. It was a neighborhood corral and now it is a neighborhood house and in fact there are alternative associations and movements, even with an alternative currency, the PUMA, which wants to create ties among neighbors, solidarity, and exchange of goods and services outside the prevailing economic system. It is the best example of how dynamic the neighborhood is economically, politically and culturally, keeping its rebellious spirit alive over the centuries. As a curiosity comment that in the center of the square Don Pedro Pumarejo, when he built the house in the eighteenth century, a large marble fountain, and from that source, part, is preserved in the monument to Catherine de Ribera gardens that They bear his name, next to the gardens of Murillo.


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