Some of my favourite things about Seville: #1 Museo de Bellas Artes

20 Oct

Have you ever walked into a building and been moved to tears? Seville’s Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum) had that effect on me. It’s only a few blocks from my apartment but it’s taken me five weeks to visit. I’d read that the artworks were rated second best in Spain after the Prado and they are wonderful, but was completely unprepared for the beauty of the building itself which was formerly a convent. The frescoes and tiling are first rate and well preserved.

It was a joy to see contemporary depictions of dance and musical performances in the 19th century and the portraiture is especially wonderful.

Spain’s economy may be teetering but entry to the Museum is free and it is open every day except Monday. It’s well staffed, I found the security staff even have a sense of humour and know their art, plus the rooms, courtyards and amenities are immaculately maintained. It also has a lovely little gift shop so I now wear my Museo de Bellas Artes Tshirt to flamenco class with pride.

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