This building is also called the Palace of Tomasas, due to the nickname of two sisters from Écija. It features a flamboyant “historicist” decoration, based on the Mudéjar1 work at the Alhambra’s. In the hall we find a ceramic base with tiles from Triana. The coffered ceilings, the main patio and the stairs are also worth pointing out.
Location and contact: Calle La Marquesa, 15 - Telephone number: 955 879 321 / 2 / 3 / 4.
Visit: free. From Mondays to Fridays: 09.00am to 14.00pm.
STATELY HOME OF THE PALMA FAMILY
This palace is settled over an old convent of the Order of the Dominicans. The palace’s entrance gives way to a kind of “pied-à-terre” which is divided into two parts: on the left side, the stable of horses; on the right side, a two-floor main patio with semi-circular arches and marble columns.
From the main patio you can access another with orange trees, accompanied by a stone fountain and the old well which belonged to the convent. According to an old legend, this well is connected with a passage that arrives at the river Genil.
Location and contact: Calle Espíritu Santo, 10 - Telephone number: +34 955 903 995 - www.palaciodelospalma.es
Visit: Mondays to Sundays: 10.00am to 14.00pm.
Price: 3€ per person.
STATELY HOME OF THE PAREJA FAMILY (Municipal Library)
The white façade has a beautiful viewpoint at one of its corners, formed by semi-circular arches and a Baroque style stone-carved doorway from the end of the 18th century. We can also see the family’s emblem in the cornice. Among the most interesting parts of the building we can mention the vault that covers the stairs and the square-shaped patio, formed by semi-circular arches.
Location and contact: Calle Santa Maria (no number) - Telephone number: +34 955 904 354.
Visits: Mondays to Fridays: 09.00am to 14.00pm and 16.00pm to 21.00pm. Saturdays: 09.30am to 13.30pm.
STATELY HOME OF SANTAELLA
This palace has a stone-carved façade with caryatid pilasters which give it a great personality. The stairs are covered with a monumental tholobate vault whose plasterwork is polychrome, alongside with floral and landscape adornment. This keeps a close relationship with the Palace of Peñaflor’s façade, which was probably designed by the same workshop. The woodwork of this palace is also very interesting, with magnificent carved doors.
Location and contact: Calle Ignacio de Soto - Telephone number: +34 955 901 958.
Visit: Mondays to Friday: 11.00am to 14.00pm. Saturdays and Sundays: 12.00 until closing.
PALACE OF BENAMEJÍ (declared Bien de Interés Cultural3)
The building started to be constructed at the beginning of the 18th century, an icon of Spanish Baroque’s civil architecture and a jewel of the “Golden Age” of Écija.
The building was originally property of the Marquises of Benamejí. Later on, the building was home to the city’s Military Paddock and it has been seat of the City Museum of History since 1997. The huge façade is made of stone wainscot brick. We can also see a large balcony in the first floor. Two big towers at both sides of the building show the vertical position of this edifice, whose sobriety and monotony breaks the harmony of the big façade. Inside, it is also home to the archaeological remains found in Plaza de España.
Location and contact: Plaza de la Constitución - Telephone numbers: +34 954 830 431 / +34 955 902 919 - museo.ecija.es - firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter opening hours (1st October to 31st May): Tuesdays to Fridays: 10.00am to 13.30pm and 16.30pm to 18.30pm. Saturdays: 10.00am to 14.00pm and 17.30pm to 20.00pm. Sundays and holidays: 10.00am to 15.00pm.
Summer opening hours (1st June to 30thSeptember): Tuesdays to Fridays: 10.00am to 14.30pm. Saturdays: 10.00am to 14.00pm and 20.00pm to 22.00pm. Sundays and holidays: 10.00am to 15.00pm.
PALACE OF PEÑAFLOR
The palace was built between 1700 and 1775. It has been declared Conjunto Histórico4 since 1962 and also Bien de Interés Cultural. The palace was the residence of Peñaflor family until 1958. The stairs which give way to the upper floor are of great tourist interest, designed by Cristóbal Portillo at the end of the 18th century.
Location: Calle Emilio Castelar, 26.
Temporarily closed. Free entry.
STATELY HOME OF THE GRANADOS FAMILY
Its colouristic three-floor façade is built in brick and plastered rammed earth. The upper floor is made of a gallery of semi-circular arches, starting in a cornice with a dust cover decorated with frescoes. After the main gate you can see the main patio, featuring a double gallery of arches and columns. In the middle, a fountain of Baroque style from the 16th century can be found.
Location: Calle Emilio Castelar, 42.
It is currently a hotel.
STATELY HOME OF THE PRADO CASTELLANO FAMILY (centuries 16th to 18th)
This stately home belonged to the Marquises of La Garantía. The façade is erected in exposed brick, featuring an elegant 18th century doorway with the emblem of the Marquises on it. On the right side, an iron gate opens onto a landscaped area with palm trees and cypresses, which includes a magnificent fountain in the middle, between the wall and the lodge. One of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city can be enjoyed from the Almohad tower.
Location: Calle Santa Florentina, 20.
Private, visits are not permitted.
PALACE OF VALDEHERMOSO
This palace features an important Plateresque doorway, belonging to the 16th century Renaissance of Córdoba. Located in one side of a spacious little square, it has solid balconies whose bases are Roman shafts made of granite.
Location: Calle Emilio Castelar, 37.
Private, visits are not permitted.
STATELY HOME OF THE ALCÁNTARA FAMILY
Its façade was erected in brick and plastered rammed earth, featuring a wide double-arch balcony and a stone-carved sumptuous doorway corresponding to the second third of the 18th century. The cornice holds a forged balcony, flanked by a pediment between Ionic pilasters and the emblem of the Alcántara family in the middle.
The palace was converted into a teaching centre in the 20th century. It is at present the seat of the U.N.E.D.5, the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas (foreign languages teaching centre), the Asociación de Amigos de Écija and Real Academia de Ciencias, Bellas Artes y Buenas Letras “Luis Vélez de Guevara”.
Location: Calle Emilio Castelar 47.
1. Name given to individual Moors or Muslims of Al-Andalus who remained in Iberia after the Christian Reconquista but were not converted to Christianity.
2. Historical Archives Municipal Site.
3. Category of the heritage register of Spain
4. “Historic-Artistic Grouping”: part of the national system of heritage listing.
5. U.N.E.D. is the Spanish acronym for “Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia” (National University of Distance Education).