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One in a series of pictures taken on a long weekend in Seville, the capital of Andalucia in Southern Spain. A most beautiful city well worth visiting.

The first Marquis of Tarifa departed on a Grand Tour of Europe and the Holy Land in 1518. Two years later he returned, enraptured by the architectural and decorative wonders of High Renaissance Italy. He spent the rest of his life fashioning a new aesthetic, which was very influential. His palace in Seville was called the House of Pilato because it was thought to resemble Pontius Pilato's home in Jerusalem and later became a luxurious showcase for the new style.

Subsequent owners have contributed to the building over time and it is currently the residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli and still one of the finest palaces in Seville. The marble portal was commissioned by the Marquis in 1529 from Genoan craftsmen, while the courtyard is typically Mudejar in style and decoration with tiles work and intricate plasterwork. This is surrounded by irregularly spaced arches capped with delicate Gothic balustrades. In the corners are three Roman statues, depicting Minerva, a dancing muse and Ceres, and a fourth statue, a Greek original of Athena, dating from the 5th century BC.

The above information is taken from the andalucia.com web site (http://www.andalucia.com), which has a great deal of useful information for people wishing to visit Seville and the surrounding area.

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