La Peste (The Plague)

Television blockbuster with scent of Sevilla. Trip to Sevilla in the XVIth century.

The TV show ‘La Peste’ (The Plague), directed by Alberto Rodriguez and produced by Movistar+, is the greatest production made in the history of our country. With a budget of 10 million euros, the plot takes place in Sevilla at the end of the XVIth century, a city elaborately recreated. In ‘La Peste’ you can see, feel and even smell Sevilla, to the point that the city becomes another character within the show. More than 130 locations have been used as the set for a blockbuster shot in some of the most emblematic points within the province and Extremadura.

Production year: 2017 (Released: January2018)
Country: Spain
Directors: Alberto Rodríguez (chapters 1, 2, 3 y 6) and Paco R. Baños (chapters 4 y 5)
Productor: Movistar+ / Atípica Films
Created by: Alberto Rodríguez and Rafael Cobos
Screenplay by: Rafael Cobos and Fran Araújo
Cast: Pablo Molinero, Paco León, Manolo Solo, Sergio Castellanos, Patricia López Arnáiz, Paco Tous, Cecilia Gómez, Lupe del Junco…


Route for a weekend

Words of the cast


“We have been in places like the Alcazar in Sevilla, Palacio del Marqués de la Motilla, Itálica, Carmona, Alcalá… So many impressive places where we have found the realism we were seeking”

Paco León

“The most interest thing of this show is to see Sevilla in the XVIth century trying to make a fiction that respects the characteristic thinking of that century, not the XXIth century one. The characters behave as they would have done then and we don’t judge them. Those are the rules of a different time when the things were organised in a very different manner. In a certain way, it is a walk over the History at a street level.”

Alberto Rodríguez

“From the time of the show, in Sevilla only remain the palaces, but in some towns spread over the province you can still find the original urban structure. For example, Carmona, that is the most similar village according to the time.”

Nieves González

“The locations and the work made by the Cinematographic Team have been very impressive. There were no sets, it was like time traveling.”

Patricia López Arnáiz

Movie Locations
Carlota Quintanilla Street and Hacienda la Buzona, Carmona, Sevilla

As it is well-known, Carmona is one of the most noble cities in the province, so it counts on plenty and extraordinary religious, civil and military architecture that converts...

Sevilla’s Gate, Carmona, Sevilla

Located only 30 kilometres far from Sevilla, Carmona still preserves uncountable traces of the legacy left by the civilizations who have inhabited here (Iberians, Romans,...

Hacienda de Los Miradores, Mairena del Alcor, Sevilla

Hacienda Los Miradores, located in the municipality of Mairena del Alcor, was built in the XVIIth century and either its structure and the main elements remain the same. As a...

Castillo de Marchenilla, Alcalá de Guadaíra, Sevilla

The Castillo de Marchenilla is located in the village of Alcalá de Guadaira, within the province of Sevilla. The trace of the building is almost squared, has towers in the...

Hacienda Martín Navarro, Alcalá de Guadaíra, Sevilla

Hacienda Martín Navarro is a huge building located in the village of Alcalá de Guadaira. Designed following a regular layout and articulated around a big rectangular patio with...

Convento de la Concepción, Carmona, Sevilla

The Convento de la Concepción is situated in Carmona, about 30 kilometres far from the city, a village famous for its exceptional religious, civil and military architecture,...

La Isleta, Coria del Río, Sevilla

La Isleta receives its name (the island) because it is an island located in Guadalquivir River, a very humid area surrounded by calm waters and part of the municipality of Coria...

Palacio del Marqués de la Motilla, Sevilla

This building, characterised by its medieval manners, was built in the city centre (corner between Laraña and Cuna Streets) in 1931 by the marquis who named it. The project...

Torre de Don Fadrique, Sevilla

Declared as Site of Cultural Interest, was built in 1252 by Fadrique, prince of Castile, son of Fernando III The Saint and brother of Alfonso X, unfortunate responsible of his...

City Hall, Sevilla

Sevilla City Hall is located between Plaza Nueva and Plaza de San Francisco. Its chapter hall was designed by Diego de Riaño, who also designed the little arch that communicates...

Casa Pilatos, Sevilla

This 15th-century palace, combining both Renaissance and Mudejar styles, is the largest private palace in the city of Seville. It is owned by the Duke and Duchess of...

Archaeological ensemble of Itálica, Santiponce, Sevilla

Itálica is a Roman city founded in year 206 b. C. which actually extended to a 128-acre area and had a significant strategic importance not only on political and economic levels,...

Reales Atarazanas, Sevilla

The old shipyards in the city of Seville were built in the 13th century by Alphonso X in the Arenal quarter, from where a vast terrace extended as far as the river. The Atarazanas...

Reales Alcázares, Seville

This Mudejar monumental complex is the most important civil building in Seville and one of the main tourist attractions in the city. Residence of Muslim and Christian kings such...

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In the pilot chapter, the sequence with Mateo inside a boat arriving with two Italians to Sevilla was shot in a studio in Dos Hermanas, with no water and over a chroma green screen, so everything you can see on the screen is editing and digital effects.
One of the great challenges for the Cinematography Team was to recreate the dirty floor of the city. Every day they received one or two cubic meters of putrid fruit and vegetables that they had to spread, stamped and mixed with the mulch and the tobacco and, obviously, it had to be retired later.
To build the suburb next to the river, in the area of La Isleta (Coria del Río), more than 40 huts were constructed, becoming the biggest set in the show.
The Convento de la Concepción in Carmona is one of the places that has been more exploded during the shooting because the crew constructed most of the city inside, due to it was built during the second decade of the XVIth century and many of the inner edifications were suitable to what the film crew looked, and most of the real sets could be used without major modifications.
'La Peste' has used some of the sets already employed in 'Game of Thrones' giving them a completely different utility, like the Reales Alcázares or Las Atarazanas in Sevilla, or the Castillo de Trujillo in Cáceres.
There were days when the Costume Team had to dress up to 90 people.
The Make-up Team designed up to 800 play-dough buboes to reproduce the plague effects on the body and the faces of the extras.
The film crew was looking the location for the indigo factory for six months, until they found the Hacienda Martín Navarro in Alcalá de Guadaíra, where they spent 15 days preparing the location for a single day shooting.
Alberto Rodríguez thought that the atmosphere would be something very easy to achieve because many XVIth century buildings still remain intact. However, present Sevilla has nothing in common with the XVIth century city from an urbanistic point of view. In fact, the city was rebuilt almost completely from the XVIIth century. This was the reason why the shooting was ‘long and tiring’, according to his own words, ‘because we had to create a city’.
In the Convento de La Concepción, they did amazing tricks to take advantage of the place, to the point that, in a scene, the same alley was used in both ways, to create the optical illusion of a biggest city.
The Cinematography Crew took so much care in the details that in the recreation of the market, in one of the patios of the Convento de La Concepción in Carmona, they even include some local sturgeons directly fished in Guadalquivir River in a few stands.
Shooting with real torchlights Inside Reales Alcázares was forbidden, so they had to use lanterns and shot the torchlights movement apart and overlap them later during the editing process.
A show has around 10 or 12 sets maximum, but La Peste’ has counted with 130, complicating the shooting.
In the hottest days, during the shooting, the Costume and Make-up Team had to mix solar screen with make-up to prevent the cast and the extras from suffering from solar burning.
One of the most difficult locations to find was the river because the current Guadalquivir River has not remained the same as in the time of the show, it had more sandbanks. So, the film crew even sought for maritime locations that seemed like a river. With the collaboration of La Puebla del Río Council, they tried over different areas of the river till they found the landscape of La Isleta, that funnily is not part of La Puebla del Río municipality but of Coria del Río’s one.
One of the main worries of the crew about the recreation of Sevilla in the XVIth century was the possible existence of anachronisms, reason why they were extremely careful during the process. However, when they already have five of the six chapters of the show shot, they realized there was one.
The search of a port that could simulate the port of Sevilla in the XVIth century took the film crew to San Juan del Puerto (Huelva), where they found a structure made of wood, making this the only port with the desired characteristics. However, a refurbishment in its facilities made the shooting impossible.