The Old Royal Tobacco Factory of Seville is the building where the Rectorate headquarters and the Faculties of Philology and Geography and History of the University of Seville are currently located. In its origin it was one of the most important industrial constructions of those that were erected in Europe during the 18th century. It occupies an enormous rectangle of 185×147 meters, the second largest in Spain after El Escorial. Its construction shows Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical influences.
The most outstanding elements of the building include the main façade crowned by the monumental statue of Fama, whose compositional and ornamental scheme is remarkably Baroque, its two central courtyards, the monumental double staircase that gives access to the Paraninfo; and in the exteriors the University Chapel and the building of the old jail, currently the headquarters of the Department of Modern History, the moat and the walls that surround the whole enclosure and the fence of the main façade.

The Old Tobacco Factory is a building built in stone during the eighteenth century as the headquarters of the first tobacco factory established in Europe

It has two courtyards, the first, called the Clock and formerly the Cuadras, is rectangular with two floors and initially contained a fountain that is currently located in the outer market, in front of the San Telmo Palace. The second patio was formerly called the Fieldad because it was weighed tobacco. It is the point of confluence of the four main doors of the building and that makes it to develop an intense university life.

Inside it houses a large part of the most significant works of art treasured by the University of Seville.


Free visits without appointment to the Rectorate Building:
Monday to Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. (except August). Meeting point: access lobby to the Institutional Relations Area.

Free visit with previous appointment to the Rectorate Building:
Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., and from 16:00 p.m. to 18:00 p.m.
Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
The visit lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and it is visited: The Auditorium, Gallery of Rectors, New Pavilion, Central Courtyards, Faculties of Philology and Geography and History, the Library, the Art Court, the Old Jail , the Main Chapel and the Chapel.