In the 19th century, Antonio de Orleans, Duke of Montpensier, moved to San Telmo Palace, in Seville. The enormous gardens of the palace were adapted to the Romantic tastes of the time. In 1893, a small castle for the guard was built in the garden area, closed to the Guadalquivir River. This castillete, built by the architect Juan Talavera y de la Vega, is the first neo-mudéjar building of Seville, and the Arab style can be appreciated in its large windows.
In 1890, the Duke of Montpensier died, and his wife, Luisa Fernanda de Borbón, assigned the palace gardens to the city of Seville. Currently, this building is used as the Municipal Tourist Information Office of the City Hall of Seville. A restoration process was carried out in spring 2007 to fix some of its structural deficiencies and prepare it and make it suitable both as a dependence of the Tourism Consortium and as viewpoint. In addition to the Municipal Tourist Information Office in its ground floor, its first floor is now used as an exhibition hall and as the administration dependencies of Tourism. The gardens which constitute the enclosure were recovered and so it was its illumination system, which was renovated. The Costurero de la Reina (the queen's sewing box) inspired the façade of the Feria de Abril of 2008.
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