Forgotten Monuments on value

Warehouse, from the Arabic Al-Majzan translated into Castilian as the warehouse. More than seven thousand words come from our Arabic vocabulary. The influence of the Andalusian culture is present in our culture permeating each of its facets. Today, we take the opening of the semi-basement of the Palace of King Don Pedro in the Alcázar on next Saturday to talk about the warehouses in the city of Seville. Many spaces like that are reused and others, unfortunately, still closed to the public and abandoned.

Between 1356 and 1366 thousands artists arrived in Seville from Toledo and Granada to build a private palace for King Don Pedro I, who is popularly known as the Cruel King or the Righteous. It is Mudejar style and has the intention of recreating Paradise and manages to impress its visitors every day.

After an investment of € 400,000, the City Council decided to put in value its semi-basement, which due to its proximity to the kitchens served as warehouse until the reign of Philip II in the sixteenth century, when its use changes and was used for recreational purposes. We could enjoy an exhibition of the objects found there very soon, when the archaeologist Miguel Ángel Tabales and his team will finish cataloging the pieces for their museum purposes.

During that same period, between the thirteenth and the fifteenth centuries, Seville already had a shipyard located in the current neighborhood of Arenal that a century later would be the mancebía or the old brothel in the city. The shipyards specialized in the construction of galleys that were used mainly in the defense of the Strait of Gibraltar against the Muslims. But due to their large size, they served to host assemblies and public celebrations. They were also a natural place to store the prisoners captured by the fleets of the Castilian kings. They used them as jails for the social elite, for example for the nobile people related to King Pedro I after the victory of his rival Henry II.

The Catholic Kings would use their space as part of the Casa de la Contratación and some of the ships as a fish market. They also built some houses and it was at the end of the 16th century when it was rented as a warehouse for oil and wool. The warden would be in charge of the surveillance of the premises and the collection of all rentals. Another ship was destined for the mercury store, which was brought in bags of lamb skins from the Almadén mines and later used to help extract silver in the American mines. Meanwhile, some ships continued to serve specific tasks of the Port of the Indies, such as "the fireman's ship" destined for the manufacture of pumps that served to drain water from ships.

Until June 5, 1593 when King Philip II would prohibit by Royal Decree that the ships built in the Sevillian shipyards were used for trips to the Indies, because of the worst quality of wood used in them in front of the shipyards from the north of Spain .

Nowadays, they are a monument cataloged as an Asset of Cultural Interest. The Junta de Andalucía granted the building for a period of 75 years to the financial institution La Caixa to create a cultural diffusion center, the famous caixaforum, but it was finally located in the Torre Pelli´s vicinity. So we wait for its value in a short time and follow the path of Pedro I 's store.

FUENTE: Diario de Sevilla


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