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Los Venerables reopens its doors with a new and safe visiting model

29/06/2020
  • All visitors will be able to access, starting this Thursday, July 2, the artistic collections and great 17th century building which counts with the World Travel & Tourism Council Safe Travel stamp, which guarantees the hygiene and safety of the monument.
  • The protocols and safety measures carried out will allow visitors to get to know Los Venerables in a new and safe way.
  • Los Venerables, in the Santa Cruz neighborhood, joins the promotion of cultural tourism in Seville.

Seville, June 29, 2020. The Hospital de Los Venerables, headquarters of the Focus Foundation, will reopen its doors to the public on July 2nd, three months after the temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, after intense weeks of work and development of new protocols and safety measures, the general director of the Focus Foundation, Anabel Morillo, stated today that "we can be pleased to announce a reopening based on the strictest health and safety protocols that will make the visitor feel more than safe in this new way of visiting and enjoying Los Venerables, while it joins the promotion of cultural tourism in Seville”.

The Foundation has developed and launched, together with its Health and Safety teams and the cultural manager Artisplendore, a whole range of measures with all sanitary and hygienic guarantees, always aligned with sanitary norms and recommendations.

All these measures have allowed Los Venerables to have the “Safe Travels” stamp endorsed by the World Travel & Tourism Council, which guarantees the monument's safety and hygiene. In addition, the stamp is serving to transmit confidence regarding Seville and its tourist spaces as "Safe Destinations", which occurs precisely one year after the capital of Seville and Los Venerables, where the inauguration was held, became the unique venue and setting for the 2019 WTTC World Council, thanks to the efforts and role of the Seville City Council.

Health and Safety measures

Fundamental measures were implemented such as the reduction of capacity or the installation of disinfection points with hydroalcoholic gels, random temperature controls at the entrances, installation of safety screens, a Ticketpoint for the purchase of tickets and a laser validator to avoid contacts, or the establishment of a unidirectional flow of the tour to increase social distance.

In addition, during the months of July and August, Los Venerables will have a new schedule:

For their part, visitors will have to follow a series of rules during the visit, such as the mandatory use of a mask or respect for the safety distance and capacity indications, among others. Audio guides will be available through a QR code at different points of the visit.

The Focus Foundation, “committed to the recommendations of authorities, has worked from the beginning of the health alarm to preserve the safety of its facilities for both its employees and its visitors. This attitude is maintained with a view to its reopening, and the measures adopted will continue during the new normality", said its director general.

During the closing months, the Foundation has maintained the minimum security and maintenance services for the preservation of all the artistic heritage that the Hospital de Los Venerables, always respecting and complying with all the provisions of the State of Alarm.

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.

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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