The Beginnings of Santa Claridad
The Santa Claridad Brotherhood was founded in the middle of the 15th century with the aim of accompanying those sentenced to death in their last moments, as well as acting as a burial ground for those who drowned in the river or those that died from an epidemic of any kind.
The role of Santa Claridad changed significantly with the arrival of Miguel Mañara, who took it upon himself to create a hospice to provide food and shelter to the needy. Sometime later, an area was built for the terminally ill, who were rejected from other places.
Discovering the Hospital
After entering the hospital through the old door, you'll see a main patio with fountains, surrounded by columns and beautifully decorated with tiles. In the Sala de Cabildos, some of Mañara's personal objects can still be found, as well as some paintings.
The most interesting part of the hospital is its church, a masterpiece of Seville Baroque architecture, with a single nave covered by a barrel vault. From outside, we can see elegant tile decoration and inside there is a theme based on charity and compassion.
Interesting, But Not Essential
The Hospital de la Caridad has great importance with regard to the history of Seville, and locals hold it in high esteem. Despite this, Seville is full of amazing places to visit and so, depending on how long you're staying in the city, this may not be on the top of your list of places to see.
The hospital continues to house the elderly that do not have financial means, and it uses the money raised from tourism to help maintain the facilities.
Monday - Saturday: from 9 am to 1:30 pm and from 3:30 to 7:30 pm.
Sundays and public holidays: from 9 am to 12:30 pm and from 3:30 to 7:30 pm.
Adults: € 8 (US$ 9)
Under 18s: € 2.50 (US$ 2.80)
Pensioners: € 5 (US$ 5.70)
Under 7s: free entrance.