Fundación Focus



The Focus Foundation organizes new dramatized visits at the Hospital de los Venerables to mark the Year of Murillo


Organized in collaboration with Engranajes Culturales, these visits will allow us to get to know the 17th century Baroque building with the help of some of the characters who, at some point in history, passed through it, from Murillo himself to Marshal Soult or the elderly priests after which the Hospital is named.

Seville, 4th December, 2017. The Focus Foundation has organized some very special visits at the Hospital de los Venerables, which is home to the Foundation. These are to mark the Year of Murillo and will take place in collaboration with Engranajes Culturales. They will be held on several weekends in the months of November and December, and visitors will get the chance to see this 17th century architectural jewel with the help of some exceptional guides: the very protagonists that make up the history of the Hospital. 

The tour will start with visitors being welcomed to the building by two comics who will help them travel back in time to the Golden Age. During that period and in the very place where the Hospital de los Venerables stands today, there used to be the Corral de Doña Elvira, which was one of the most popular comedy theatres in Seville. Here, the play by Cervantes, El Hospital de los Podridos (The Hospital of those Rotting) will be performed. 

Following this, visitors will be shown the transformation of the building -after the theatre was banned- into the Hospital de los Venerables. Therefore, Justino de Neve, canon of the Cathedral of Seville and founder of the Hospital, together with his servant, will have the task of informing visitors of the building’s origins.

The very inhabitants of the Hospital, namely those elderly and sick priests who came to the building to spend their final days will offer a helping hand at this point as they will recount their own experiences from the sick ward. This will be followed by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo himself who, from the Church de los Venerables, will open the eyes of all those present to an imaginary voyage into the Baroque. 

Visitors will also have the chance to meet Mariscal Soult inside the church who witnessed one of the darkest episodes in the city’s history: the looting of the works of art during the Napoleonic invasion which included the Penitent Saint Peter of Los Venerables. This was recovered and returned to Seville by the Foundation only two years ago.

Last of all, a door will be opened to members of the public for the very first time where the secret of the Venerable Priests is kept. 



•         Friday 8th: 11:00 and 12:30

•         Saturday 16th: 11:00 and 12:30 


•         Saturday 20th: 11:00 and 12:30 


•         Saturday 10th: 11:00 and 12:30

•         Saturday 24th: 11:00 and 12:30 


90 minutes. 



Purchase your tickets:

On the internet:

954 04 38 51 and 675 68 22 12

At the ticket office:

Engranajes Culturales: Calle Habana, 17 Left Door, (Casa de la Moneda, Sevilla).

Monday - Friday from 10.00 to 14.00. 

Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus)

The Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus) was created in 1982 as a result of the cultural work begun in 1972 by Abengoa with the publication of the works Temas Sevillanos (Themes of Seville) and Iconografía de Sevilla (Iconography of Seville). A collection of documents, books and engravings on the Kingdom of Seville and by Sevillian authors was created during the same period.

This cultural activity inspired and promoted by Abengoa, is based on the support and a series of activities which is of great benefit to society. The Focus Foundation was born from this conviction at the start of the 80s.

1991 became a key year in the organization’s recent history as its location was moved to the Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes, a 17th century monument, owned by the  Archbishopric of Seville in addition to inaugurating the exceptional baroque organ. From this point onward, the institution has organized 34 plastic arts exhibitions- visited by over one million people, and has offered a musical program for the organ of international reference.

Since 2007 and following the acquisition of Velázquez’s Santa Rufina by the Foundation, the Hospital de los Venerables has housed the Diego Velázquez Research Centre, a leading institution for studying and disseminating the Baroque era and the Sevillian period of this universally renowned artist. Attention to this crucial moment of the Golden Age is completed with the legacy of Professor Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez, received by the Foundation in 2011. Consisting of his library, photo library, archive and collection of artworks, its cataloging is enabling to create a library specializing in Baroque art and culture. This entire heritage is widely spread by Focus Educa, our area of education, by means of which we raise awareness and bring culture closer to society.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Focus Foundation at the Hospital de los Venerables, and coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bartolomé E. Murillo, the Hospital de Los Venerables hosted the Velázquez. Murillo. Sevilla Exhibition (2016-2017). This was a first rate cultural phenomenon that received more than 120,000 visitors, making it the most visited exhibition in the history of the Foundation. A series of organ recitals which were held in the Church of Los Venerables made up the musical framework entitled, Tribute to Murillo: Homage to a universal painter.


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Marián Ariza.
Rocio Castro.
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