Real Alcázar – Casa de Contratación: Admiral’s room

Admiral's room in the Real Alcázar - Casa de Contratación (House of Contracting) section of the Real Alcazar of Seville, Spain

Admiral’s room

Admiral’s room
The beautiful hall shown in the image is known as the Admiral’s room, which belongs to the Casa de Contratación (House of Contracting) section of the Real Alcazar of Seville. As you can see, adorning the walls are exquisite paintings.

Here is a brief description of the paintings:
Center The inauguration of the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 by Alfonso Grosso
Left Queen María Cristina de Borbón-Dos Sicilias painted by Carlos Blanco in 19th century
Right Antonio de Orleans – Duke of Montpensier by painted Franz Xaver Winterhalter in the 19th century

Established in 1503 by Queen Isabella I of Castile, the Casa de Contratación (House of Contracting) was an organization (somewhat similar to the East India Companies) that controlled the trade in the Americas. Housed in the Royal Alcázar of Seville, the Casa de Contratación had broad powers, including the approval of voyages.

The Admiral’s Hall was part of its premises. It is believed that Queen Isabella met Christopher Columbus met in this room. Many other famous seafarers of that era, including Amerigo Vespucci and Ferdinand Magellan, visited this hall.

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