Fuente de Catalina de Ribera


Juan Talavera y Heredia






This fountain is attached to the walls of the gardens of the Real Alcázar. It consists of an architectural front with baroque characteristics composed of two bodies and divided into three sections. The center is occupied by the portrait of Catalina de Ribera made of glazed ceramics. On both sides there are two allegorical paintings of Francisco Maireles that are arranged above the other paintings and where floral motifs can be seen. Notably, the marble from the facade is from the Palace of the Marquis of Pumarejo. Finally the water is collected in a pool divided into three sections.

Historic Facts

In 1921, the city agreed to build a fountain that would be attached to the wall of the Alcazar Gardens; it was dedicated to Catalina de Ribera. Catalina de Ribera was the founder of the Hospital de las Cinco Llagas. Juan Talavera decided to use part of an old sixteenth-century fountain from the center of Plaza del Pumarejo that was used during the eighteenth century. The fountain was decorated with lost paintings made by Manuel Cuesta until 1965. The ceramics and portraits of the honoree were made by Francisco Maireles.

Description of the Environment

It is located on Paseo Catalina de Ribera, one of the largest historical and artistic gardens of, Seville. This area was formed with the grounds of the Huerta del Retiro, which were owned by the Alcazar and was ceded to City Hall in 1848 by Real Estate, building the current crenellated wall in 1863. The aspects that remain today are the result of the reforms carried out in the space between 1917 and 1921. It borders the outer walls of the Alcázar of Seville by the Avenue. Menendez Pelayo, the University, a former tobacco factory, to the Jardines de Murillo, it is now one of the entrances to the Barrio de Santa Cruz.

Asset Valuation

It is noted for its commemorative character, honoring one of the city's historical figures. Its design was inspired by Juan Talavera Heredia. The prototype and ornamental sculpture was created in Seville during the first few decades of the twentieth century. It is located on the street Paseo de Catalina de Ribera, which was declared a BIC Historic Garden in 2002.