Costurero de la Reina, Seville

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The Costurero de la Reina is a building constructed in the late nineteenth century in the gardens of the Palace of San Telmo, now the Maria Luisa Park in Seville, Spain. This unique building takes the form of a small hexagonal castle with turrets at the corners.The building was the guard house or garden retreat. It is the oldest building in Seville in the neomudéjar style. The architect was Juan Talavera de la Vega, father of the regional architect Juan Talavera y Heredia. The name comes from a popular tradition that Mercedes of Orléans, the future wife of King Alfonso XII of Spain, retired to the pavilion where she passed her time sewing. The reality is more prosaic. The formal name is the "Pavilion of San Telmo". Mercedes died of typhus about fifteen years before the building was erected in 1893.Nowadays the Costurero de la Reina lodges the tourist information office on the ground floor. The opening times are 9-2 pm and 3.30 to 7.30 pm, on weekdays and 10-2pm during weekends and bank holidays. The building was restored in the spring of 2007 to repair the main structure and to arrange the interior in order to make it more functional. The first floor was refurbished recently and it is used as meetings and events room of the local government. Make Costurero de la Reina part of your personalized Seville itinerary using our Seville online day trip planner .
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  • It is easy to miss this quirky two tone building because next to it is a large column with a fountain that has your attention. Legend has it that the Spanish queen used one of the rooms to sew but...  more »
  • This is a colourful brightly coloured old guard house building. When you go on your tour a eye catching structure you will not miss it.  more »
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  • Very helpful tourist information office, gave us lists of attractions and when they were free to visit, also info about different boat trips. Building is lovely too, though nothing to see on the inside.
  • Pretty nice building, Neomudéjar style, which is currently information office. A sign explaining the building and its history is missing.
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