Real Alcázar – Gardens: Gallery of the grotesque

Mercury Pond at the gardens of the Real Alcázar of Seville, Spain

Gallery of the grotesque

Gallery of the grotesque
Known as the Gallery of the Grotesque, this beautiful gallery is part of the gardens in the Real Alcázar of Seville, Spain. Designed by Vermondo Resta and constructed by Juan de Mendoza, this structure replaced the old wall built by the Almohads, and it took 12 years, (i.e., 1612 to 1624) to complete. Built with the mannerist style, a 16th-century style of art and design introduced to Seville by Vermondo Resta, the building seamlessly blends with nature.

Covering an area of 15 acres, the gardens of the Alcazar are home to exotic plants from all over the world. There are fountains, ponds, and beautiful structures built over the centuries within these gardens.

In front of the gallery, there is a pool with a fountain in the middle, and standing on the fountain is a bronze statue attributed to Bartolomé Morel, who also made the Mercury statue standing on top of the fountain in the Mercury Pond.

As you can see, frescoes painted by Diego de Esquivel adorn the false doors on the façade.

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

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