#FAVMONUMENT: Square Cabildo

We didn’t post any favorite monuments in our blog for a while. I mean one of our #FAVMONUMENT. So here we are. But this time we have chosen a centric place although unknown to many people. Cabildo Square or "plaza del Cabildo" in Spanish.

Currently is in the Arenal neighborhood and is probably one of the nearest ubications to the cathedral. It has three entrances from Constitution Avenue, Arfe and Almirantazgo Streets.

The origins of this place come from the 17th Century when the San Miguel school was placed here, it was a seminary and school for scholarship-holden children that assisted as altar boys, “seises” and chorus children. It was a property of the Seville’s council of canons. That’s the meaning of its name: Cabildo Square.

The building we can see today was the entrance courtyard of the school. It was only the third part of its entire dimension… besides a cemetery. Yes, here was where, until the 18th century, were sent the rests of the bodies of the condemn people by the city courts. When it wasn't sent to the bonfire, of course. But this theme is another history apart…

 

The school was demolished in the middle of the 20th century with the new city urbanization and is conserved only the Constitution Avenue gate and some columns used in the courtyard inside. The Square as a semicircle shape, the same as the unique building built in it, whose courtyard is half private - half public square. It’s one of the flashiest buildings in spite of his unknown ubication by the frescos decoration in the arches where are raised a three-floor building made by the architect Joaquín Barquín Barrón. Also, just in front of the building, and still inside of the square, we can see a part of the inside wall from the Almohad period (1184), that comes from the Alcazaba.

As an interesting note, every Sunday is celebrating here a stamp collecting and numismatic market that are been added antiques, minerals fossils, and other curiosities too.  We encourage you to come here on Sunday and discover this place so symbolic and unknown to many Sevillians.

And you, did you know this hidden gem?

 

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