Casa Natal Velázquez
Velázquez’s Birthplace, one of the oldest houses in Seville, saved for the nation.
- Historic home
Velázquez's Birthplace is one of the oldest houses in Seville. Built in the heart of the city's old Moorish quarter between about 1560 and 1570, it dates from when Seville was turning into the economic and commercial driving force of the Spanish Empire.
Juan Rodríguez de Silva, an ecclesiastical notary, and his wife Gerónima Velázquez moved into the house in 1598. Their son Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez, who was born a year later in 1599, was to go down in history as one of the greatest artistic geniuses of all time thanks to celebrated paintings like “The Meninas”. Young Diego stayed there with his family until 1610.
The house continued to be a residential property, shared by several families, for the next four centuries. Since 1970 it has been used mainly for artistic purposes. In 2020, the house will be open to public dedicated to the life, work and time of Diego Velázquez.