Real Alcázar – Casa de Contratación: Admiral’s Room

Admiral's Room in the Real Alcázar - Casa de Contratación (House of Contracting) section of the Real Alcazar of Seville, Spain

Admiral’s Room

Admiral’s Room
Known as the Admiral’s Room, this beautiful hall is a part of the Casa de Contratación (House of Contracting) section of the Real Alcazar of Seville. As you can see, adorning the walls are exquisite paintings.

Here is a brief description of the paintings:
Center – The inauguration of the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 by Alfonso Grosso
Left Queen María Cristina de Borbón-Dos Sicilias painted by Carlos Blanco in 19th century
Right – Antonio de Orleans – Duke of Montpensier by painted Franz Xaver Winterhalter in the 19th century

Established in 1503 by Queen Isabella I of Castile, the Casa de Contratación was an organization (somewhat similar to the East India Company) that controlled the trade in the Americas. Housed in the Real Alcázar of Seville, the Casa de Contratación had broad powers, including the approval of voyages.

The Admiral’s Room was part of its premises. It is believed that Queen Isabella met Christopher Columbus met in this room. Many other famous seafarers of that era, including Amerigo Vespucci and Ferdinand Magellan, visited this hall.

Casa de Contratación pages
Admiral’s Room
Last Moments of Fernando III the Saint, a masterpiece by Virgilio Mattoni
King Louis Philippe I of France
Queen Maria Amelia de Borbón-Dos Sicilias
King Fernando VII of Spain
Hall of Audiences
Model of Santa Maria
Virgin of the Navigators

Other related pages and posts
Seville Cathedral: An awe-inspiring architectural marvel
Sala Capitular – The Chapter House of the Seville Cathedral
Sacristía Mayor – The Main Sacristy of the Seville Cathedral
La Giralda: A harmonious blend of Moorish and Renaissance architectural styles
Las Setas of Seville – A modern artistic structure in a historical city

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