The Murillo Gardens located next to the Paseo de Catalina de Ribera, are made up of small arbours with fountains shaping the space, where bricks and ceramics are, together with the amazing and marvellous vegetation, the real attractions of this centrally-located Sevillian venue.
The Murillo Gardens, previously known as the Retiro Gardens or Orchards, belonged to the Reales Alcázares of Seville until in 1862. They were donated to the city to be integrated in the Seville Fair which was then held in the nearby Prado de San Sebastián.
The Gardens, as we know them today, were designed in 1915 by Juan Talavera. In 1918, at the request of the El Liberal newspaper editor, they were named Murillo
Gardens since the painter was buried in the church there was in the nearby Plaza de Santa Cruz. Magnolia and orange trees, ficus and night jasmine are some of the plant species that intermingle with arbours, fountains, ceramics and monuments in these fabulous city gardens.
The Murillo Gardens are made up of various paths and arbours where all type of outdoor activities may be arranged. The space can be divided into two areas.
- The Paseo de Catalina de Ribera: This rectangular promenade is
divided into a central part and two secondary parallel areas which are
open all along. Halfway along the promenade, there is a small square
with a monument to Christopher Columbus and the Catholic Monarchs.
- The Murillo Gardens: the area is 8,854 m2 and it is composed of a
grid of paved paths lined by hedges, dotted with marvellous arbours
with fountains and tiled benches.
Given their spaciousness, both areas can be used for product launches, promotional activities, exhibitions or cocktail receptions, enjoying this historic and unique site.
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