La Casa de Pilatos is an Andalusian palace in historic district of Seville Spain. The house dates from the 16th Century. It is the permanent residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli.
The upper floors, still partially occupied, are only accessible via a guided tour. We arrived just in time for the last tour, which, as it turned out, was in Spanish. Our guide’s delivery was sufficiently emphatic to convince us that we understood what was being said. But the truth is that we didn’t. Nevertheless, seeing the upper floor of the palace is interesting whether the narrative is understood or not.
La Casa de Pilatos is constructed in a mixture of Renaissance Italian and Mudéjar Spanish styles. At the center is the customary courtyard. Enclosed living spaces wrap around the central open area. During the summer heat the court and the tile and stone lined lower rooms stay cool. When the weather turns cold, the upper floors are warmer and life moves upstairs. It is a classic design used for centuries in warm weather climates around the world.