In the beginning of Casco Antiguo, the famous old town of Marbella, you’ll see the remains of the old city wall that once sourounded the entire city, protecting it from it’s enemies.
Right around here you’ll find the old now closed Hospital de Bazán also known as Hospital de la Encarnacion. The building was formerly the residential palace of Don Alfonso de Bazán a former Mayor of Marbella whom the street, Calle Hospital Bazán S/N also is named after. The house, which is believed to be from the 16th century, due to the big stone pillars and an elevated ceiling is build in several different architectural style such as Renaissance, Gothic, Mudejar and Medieval, as the constructions took place over several decades. The most visual architectural style is the one from late Medieval Spain.
When Don Alfonso de Bazán died and was placed to rest in the burial crypt for the Bazán family, who had lived in Marbella for centuries, his last will was opened. Here he donated his rather large house and two adjoining houses to the city, to be used as a hospital for the poor people. He also left money to modify the houses with the facility needed to run a hospital in the 1600 century.
Don Alfonso de Bazán also set up a Board of Directors to supervise the running and maintenance of the hospital, a task that was withhold until early in the 20th century. After this, the hospital was designated as an Andalucian Historical Monument and later turned into it’s present function, as museum of Spanish Contemporary Engravings and office for the Cultural Delegation of Marbella.
The museum is the first of its type in Spain and is for that alone, very famous. It exhibits paintings and works by Tapies, Chillida, Miró and Picasso just to mention a few of the very famous names. Each year the museum reveal 12 names of 12 of Spain’s new upcoming artists, who each will have one month during the year, dedicated just to display their latest work.
The museum also publish coffee table books with and about Spanish artists, the books can only be bought at the museum. On the museum’s website there’s an updated time schedule for the opening hours of the museum, which various depending on the season. There’s also a calendar where different events and exhibitions are posted – so remember always to check the website before heading to Marbella.
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