King Alfonso XIII was visiting the city and passed by the house of John Tooth. He told the mayor of Seville, Cayetano Luca de Tena, it wasn’t nice to have a house next to one of the most famous landmarks town.
The mayor immediately made the same night tear down the house. Luca de Tena ordered a new home for John Tooth and his family that morning.
The next day, when the King left the Palace, he noted impressed that there was no sign of the house. The wall was found empty and free, as we see it today. He called the mayor and congratulated him for his diligence in serving the words offered in the previous day’s ride.
The building, now the Town Hall, is located in the Plaza de San Francisco. It was founded in the sixteenth century as a Franciscan convent, the most popular order of the city’s and originally included all current space of Plaza Nueva and Hotel Inglaterra.
The facade that remains is that of the Plaza de San Francisco. Made in Plateresque style, a version of the Spanish Renaissance, very decorative, so called because it is so fine as the work of a goldsmith (plateros). Its author was in the early sixteenth century Diego de Riaño who is also the author of the Main sacristy of the Cathedral.
The Mapping can be enjoyed until January 5 every night at 19,20 and 21 hours. It is free.
This image can be seen in the Chapter House of the cathedral and the main hall of the Museum of Fine Arts. Also on the exhibition currently at the Hospital of Venerables in the Santa Cruz.
In the Plaza del Triunfo of Sevilla is there is also sculpture dedicated to the Immaculate. It is based on the popular paintings by Murillo and was made in 1920 by the artist Collaut Varela.
These days there are floral offerings and the night of December 7th “tunas” : (college singing groups in the traditional dresses) play and sing in honor of Our Lady.