Queen Maria Amelia de Borbón-Dos Sicilias
This beautiful portrait of Queen Maria Amelia de Borbón-Dos Sicilias was painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter in 1842. It is mounted on a wall in the Admiral’s Hall, a room belonging to the Casa de Contratación (House of Trade) in the Real Alcázar of Seville in Spain.
Maria Amelia de Borbón-Dos Sicilias was the princess of the Kingdom of Naples and Sicily and later became queen consort of King Luis Felipe I of France, whose portrait is also on display at the Admiral’s Hall.
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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