Real Alcázar – Casa de Contratación: Admiral’s Hall – King Ferdinand VII of Spain

King Ferdinand VII of Spain - A painting on display at the Admiral's Hall

King Ferdinand VII of Spain

King Ferdinand VII of Spain
The painting in the image is a portrait of King Ferdinand VII of Spain painted by Carlos Blanco in the 19th century and is mounted on the wall of the Admiral’s Hall.

King Ferdinand VII was the king of Spain twice. His first reign in 1808 lasted only a few months, and the second in 1813 lasted until he died in 1833.

The Admiral’s Hall is one of the two well-preserved halls of the building that was home to the first headquarters of Casa de Contratación (House of Trade), an organization established in 1503 by Queen Isabella I of Castile to regulate trade in the Americas after the discovery of the New World. This organization had broad powers, including approval of voyages, licensing navigators, collecting taxes, and acting as a court of law to settle trade disputes.

Situated on the eastern side of the Patio de la Montería and next to the glamorous Pedro I Palace, the Casa de Contratación building is part of the Real Alcázar of Seville, which is a large complex consisting of palaces, administrative buildings, and gardens built/rebuilt by different cultures from the middle ages to the modern era. Designated in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site – along with the Seville Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies – the Real Alcázar is one of the most visited attractions in the world.

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

Seville Pages and Posts
Real Alcázar of Seville: Casa de Contratación (House of Trade)
Real Alcázar of Seville: Pedro I Palace – A masterpiece of Mudéjar art and architecture
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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