Bueno y Monreal, Cardinal. José María b. September 11, 1904 d. August 20, 1987 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Zaragoza, José María Bueno y Monreal entered seminary in Madrid in 1914. Earning a scholarship, he moved to Rome in order to pursue his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Back in Spain, he frequented the University of Madrid, obtaining across the years doctorates in theology and canon law along with a licentiate in law. Ordained priest in Rome in March 1927, he lectured ecclesiastical public...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Sevilla Cathedral, Sevilla, Provincia de Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain Plot: Capilla de San José.
Columbus, Christopher b. September 1, 1451 d. May 20, 1506 Explorer. He is credited with discovering America for Europeans in 1492, although at the time, he believed he had discovered a new route to China. He was given the titles Admiral of the Ocean Sea and Viceroy of the Indies. Born Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colon as he called himself in Spain), the eldest of five children in Genoa, Italy, to Domenico Colombo, a wool weaver and local guildsman, and Susanna Fontanarossa, the daughter of a wool weaver. Although trained to follow in his father'...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Gout Sevilla Cathedral*, Sevilla, Provincia de Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
de Solís y Folch de Cardona, Cardinal. Francisco b. February 16, 1713 d. March 21, 1775 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Madrid, Francisco de Solís y Folch de Cardona was born to a noble family, his father being among others one of the founders of the Real Academia Española. His brother José was the viceroy of New Granada, later becoming a Franciscan friar. Receiving his first education through private tuition at home, Francisco soon proved to be a remarkable student, gifted with a rare intelligence. Stricken with a severe disease at the age of eighteen which caused the loss...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Convento de Santa Rosalía, Sevilla, Provincia de Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
Diaz, Marujita b. April 27, 1932 d. June 23, 2015 Singer, Actress. A versatile performer, she shall be remembered as a long-time star of the Spanish stage, screen, and recording studio. Born Maria del Dulce Nombre Diaz Ruiz, she was raised within the theatrical milieu, made her professional stage debut at six, had her 1948 silver screen bow in "The Cicada", and achieved her first renown in the Spanish musical genre called Zarzuela. Over the years she appeared in dozens of films, earning a 1951 National Union of the Spectacle Best Supporting...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cementerio de San Fernando, Sevilla, Provincia de Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
Ferdinand of Castile III b. August 5, 1201 d. May 30, 1252 Roman Catholic Saint, Spanish Royalty. Born the eldest son of King Alfonso IX of Leon and his second wife Berenguela I of Castile, he inherited Castile from his uncle Henry I in 1217 and united it after his father's death in 1230 with Leon. He fought for two decades against the Moors and conquered Cordoba, Jaen, Sevilla and Cadiz until the Moors only retained the Kingdom of Granada. He was canonized in 1671 by Pope Clement X for his merits for the Catholic faith. (Bio by: Lutetia) Sevilla Cathedral, Sevilla, Provincia de Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
Gomez Ortega, Rafael 'El Gallo' b. July 16, 1882 d. May 25, 1960 Professional Bullfighter. He was the brother of the Bullfighter Joselito. He is remembered for creating many of the moves with the cape, which are still in use today. In 1915 he amazed the crowed at the bullring in Seville by fighting the bull while sitting on a chair. He was married to Pastora Imperio, a popular flamenco singer and dancer, but their marriage only lasted for 2 months. He spent all his fortune, and in the last years of his life the Bullfighter Juan Belmonte supported him. (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Cementerio de San Fernando, Sevilla, Provincia de Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
Guerrero, Francisco b. October, 1528 d. November 8, 1599 Composer. He is considered one of Spain's three outstanding composers of the 16th Century, along with Cristobal de Morales and Tomas Luis de Victoria. Unlike his compatriots he spent nearly all his life in his homeland, and his music has the strongest Spanish influence. Guerrero was born in Seville. He trained as a choirboy at the Seville Cathedral, where he showed outstanding talent, entered the priesthood, and became music director there in 1555. In 1581 he visited Rome and in 1588 he...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Sevilla Cathedral, Sevilla, Provincia de Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain Plot: Chapel of Nuestra Senora de la Antigua
Ilundáin y Esteban, Cardinal. Eustaquio b. September 20, 1862 d. August 10, 1937 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Pamplona born, Eustaquio Ilundáin y Esteban received his education at the local seminary and later in that of Ciudad Real, being ordained priest in his native city in 1886. Being soon appointed member of the teaching faculty of local seminary, in 1891 he was named canon of the cathedral chapter of Ciudad Real, and ten years later, rector of the seminary of Segovia. At the early age of forty two, Canon Eustaquio was named bishop of the diocese of Orense, receiving his...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Sevilla Cathedral, Sevilla, Provincia de Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
Lobo, Alonso b. February 25, 1555 d. April 5, 1617 Composer. A leading Spanish musician of the Renaissance, noted for the somber intensity of his sacred compositions. He was highly regarded by his more famous contemporaries, Francisco Guerrero and Tomas Luis de Victoria, and throughout the 17th Century his music was performed in Mexico and Latin America as well as in his homeland. Lobo was born in Osuna, Spain, and attended the university there. After several minor positions he served as Choirmaster of Toledo Cathedral from 1593 to 1603...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Sevilla Cathedral, Sevilla, Provincia de Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain Plot: Chapel of Nuestra Senora de la Antigua
Martinez Barrio, Diego b. November 25, 1883 d. January 1, 1962 Spanish politician. Helped to form a coalition of parties on the left to fight the national elections in 1936. The coalition became know as the Popular Front. Right-wing groups in Spain formed the National Front. The Popular Front won the election with 34.3% of the vote (the National Front received 33.2%). Martinez Barrio became speaker in the Cortes (the Spanish Parliament). The Popular Front government immediately released all left-wing political prisoners. Other measures included...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Cementerio de San Fernando, Sevilla, Provincia de Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
of Swabia, Beatrix 'the Younger' b. 1203 d. November 5, 1234 Queen of Castile-Leon. Also known by the names Isabelle and Elisabeth. She was the second youngest daughter of the German King Philipp of Swabia and his wife Irene of Byzantinum. In 1208, shortly before he killed her father, it was considered to marry her to Otto of Wittelsbach. After the death of both of her parents she lived at her sisters, court in Brunswick. On November 30th, 1219 she was married to King Ferdinand III of Castile. The marriage was very happy and she bore him ten children of...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Sevilla Cathedral, Sevilla, Provincia de Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain