Two centuries ago, with Seville occupied by Napoleon's army, a ball was held in the upper galleries of the Casa Lonja in honour of Joseph Bonaparte. In these same rooms, which today house the Archivo General de Indias, stands an exhibition that commemorates the great events that occurred in the Hispanic world at the time of War of Independence in Spain.
The exhibition, entitled "Toward a New World. Revolutions, freedoms and independences in Spain and America. 1808 - 1814" is organised in twelve thematic sections and it deals with the beginnings of the Spanish uprising against Napoleon, the return of Fernando VII and the restoration of absolutism, and almost everything else that that happened between the two dates.
Loan institutions include the Seville Military History Museum, the city Cathedral, the archive itself, and included in the 116 objects on show are paintings by Mariano Salvador Maella, José María Arango, Octavien d'Alvimar and Joaquín Cortés, objects, coins, small wax sculptures, jewelry and the sabre of the Mexican Agustín de Iturbide.
Details concerning the exhibition (external link in Spanish)
Archivo General de Indias
Edificio de la Lonja
Av. de la Constitución, 3
Edificio de La Cilla
C/ Santo Tomás, 5
Tel.: + (34) 95 450 05 28
Fax: + (34) 95 421 94 85
Exhibition Opening Times
Monday to Saturday from 09:30 a 17:00 and Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 a 14:00.