Hospital de la Caridad

hospital_caridad_border.JPGThe Hospital de la Caridad was founded in 1674 by Don Miguel de Mañara to care for physically and mentally ill of Seville who were too poor to afford treatment.

Don Miguel de Mañara was supposedly the inspiration for Byron´s Don Juan as he left a life of debauchery to found the hospital after having an intense religious vision in which he saw his own funeral procession.

He subsequently built the hospital and adjoining church and dedicated his life to charity and the religious order that runs the institution.

The church and hospital are still working, although it now focuses on caring for the elderly of Seville.

Link to Hospital de la Caridad website.

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