Marchena Gate of Morón – Lorenzo Coullaut Valera Museum
Gate of Morón – Lorenzo Coullaut Valera Museum
The Gate of Morón is located very close to the Vera Cruz Chapel and to the San Pedro Mártir Church, in the andalusian Villa of Marchena.
The Puerta de Morón is one of the gates of the Muslim wall which enclosed Marchena during the 12th century. It is a double gate with an outer part featuring a pointed horseshoe arch which privide access to an interior courtyard protected by a watchtower, and an interior part with a recessed arch which led to the villa itself.
Remodelled in the 15th century, it has been used for multiple purposes. Since 1990 it has housed teh Museum dedicated to Lorenzo Coullaut-Valera (1876-1932), a sculptor born in Marchena at the end of the 19th century whose renowned works include the “Monument to Bécquer” which stands in Seville´s María Luisa Park, and the “Monumento to Cervantes” in Madrid´s Plaza de España.
The Museum contains several sculptural pieces, including sketches and copies of original works. The two areas which are open to the public are the manin room and the first floor.