Santa Maria de las Cuevas Monastery (La Cartuja) Tours

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Built in the 15th century, this honey-colored stone monastery was frequently visited by Christopher Columbus. In fact, he was buried here for a number of years. With a deep religious history, the site now houses the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, a center for local contemporary art. 

First a chapel and monastery, it evolved into barracks after a Napoleonic invasion and later became a ceramics factory before finally being established as a national monument and museum. The grounds include a dramatic entrance gate, expansive gardens, a lake, tower, and many outdoor patios. It was extensively restored in preparation for the Seville Expo in 1992, but historical remnants of each stage of its past can still be found.

The art museum’s permanent collection includes works from artists such as Luis Gordillo, Candida Hofer, and Louise Bourgeois and focuses on Andalusian creativity. Various workshops, concerts, and temporary exhibitions are also held here year-round.

Practical Info

Located on the Isla de la Cartuja in Seville, the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm, and admission costs 1,80 €.
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Address: Avenida Américo Vespucio, 2, Seville, Spain
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Hours: Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm
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Admission: 1,80 €
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