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SAN FRANCISCO JAVIER

Around April 2019 we got the chance to access this monumental Baroque House from the XVIII century, at nr 11 Calle San Francisco Javier. The property’s backyard was adjacent to the Hospital de Mujeres. It is the most notorious institution in this area of town and thereupon this city quarter was named after it.

The building is one of the most spectacular ones we have visited so far and luckily we got the chance to get some professional pics during our 2 visits. We were able to salvage up to 60 beams in sound condition in a varied set of formats and colours.
The main façade of the building is a 7 axis composition with a centered foyer. Cornices and fabulous imposts carved in stone add a classy touch.

As we enter the place we walk into an imposing patio paved in Tarifa stone with a water reservoir well (moorish Aljibe) in mint condition placed in the center of it.

The arched staircase takes us to a circular gallery that is supported by a sturdy beam structure and looks into the patio in each of the 3 levels. Hallways paved in marble, artistic moulding decorated ceiling vaults and abundant ornamental features on the walls are a clear sign of the sophistication of this noble delling.

Let us also bring the neighbouring Hospital de Mujeres into the picture. Following the Bishop Lorenzo Armengual de la Mota´s eagerness and funded by the city itself, the spanish government and various private contributors, the building was inaugurated in October 1746.

Designed by architect Don Pedro Luis “Afanador”, it is laid out across 2 large patios among which a formidable staircase rises. Both patios look into the Nuestra Señora del Carmen’s Chapel. The backyard is a so-called “corral-circo”; an ample space that doubles as veggie growing land and lawn garden. Our house looked into this yard 2 centuries ago (not anymore…).

The original Hospital was in Columela Street but it soon became tiny for a city that had quickly grown up to a population of 70.000, in a period of frenzied maritime activity. In its over 300 years of existence it has given care to thousands of sick ladies and it has been of paramount importance in historically critical times such as the XIX Century epidemics, the African War or the Spanish Civil War.

It worked as a hospital up until 1963 and since then it is the Headquarters of the Episcopate in Cádiz and Ceuta and main office of Caritas (a catholic social service organization).

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San Francisco Javier Collection

SAN FRANCISCO JAVIER

Around April 2019 we got the chance to access this monumental Baroque House from the XVIII century, at nr 11 Calle San Francisco Javier. The property’s backyard was adjacent to the Hospital de Mujeres. It is the most notorious institution in this area of town and thereupon this city quarter was named after it.

The building is one of the most spectacular ones we have visited so far and luckily we got the chance to get some professional pics during our 2 visits. We were able to salvage up to 60 beams in sound condition in a varied set of formats and colours.

The main façade of the building is a 7 axis composition with a centered foyer. Cornices and fabulous imposts carved in stone add a classy touch.

As we enter the place we walk into an imposing patio paved in Tarifa stone with a water reservoir well (moorish Aljibe) in mint condition placed in the center of it.

The arched staircase takes us to a circular gallery that is supported by a sturdy beam structure and looks into the patio in each of the 3 levels. Hallways paved in marble, artistic moulding decorated ceiling vaults and abundant ornamental features on the walls are a clear sign of the sophistication of this noble delling.

sfj manzana hospital de mujeres - AMBER STORIES

Let us also bring the neighbouring Hospital de Mujeres into the picture. Following the Bishop Lorenzo Armengual de la Mota´s eagerness and funded by the city itself, the spanish government and various private contributors, the building was inaugurated in October 1746.

Designed by architect Don Pedro Luis “Afanador”, it is laid out across 2 large patios among which a formidable staircase rises. Both patios look into the Nuestra Señora del Carmen’s Chapel. The backyard is a so-called “corral-circo”; an ample space that doubles as veggie growing land and lawn garden. Our house looked into this yard 2 centuries ago (not anymore…).

The original Hospital was in Columela Street but it soon became tiny for a city that had quickly grown up to a population of 70.000, in a period of frenzied maritime activity. In its over 300 years of existence it has given care to thousands of sick ladies and it has been of paramount importance in historically critical times such as the XIX Century epidemics, the African War or the Spanish Civil War.

It worked as a hospital up until 1963 and since then it is the Headquarters of the Episcopate in Cádiz and Ceuta and main office of Caritas (a catholic social service organization).

GALLERY OF STORIES

TABLES

San Francisco Javier Collection