Location in Spain:
Santa Cruz is the most famous district of Seville. It's justified for its location at the south of the historic city, next to the walls of the Alcazar, surrounded by the main monuments of the city and for its caracteristic narrow and romantic streets.
Here you are in the heart of Seville.
It is impossible to resist the charm of this district with its winding alleys, its picturesque lime-washed houses, its delicate hardly visible flowery patios and its small squares.
History of Santa Cruz
As the Jewish district in the Middle Ages, it benefited from the protection of the Crown after the reconquest but at the end of the 14C it was taken over by the Christians who changed all the synagogues into churches. When you have walk in this district, specially towards sunset, you get the impression of travelling back in time, almost savouring the Legend of Don Juan, which took place in Santa Cruz Quarter.
Surroundings of the Santa Cruz quarter
In the surroundings of Santa Cruz Quarter we find intereting places like the Murillo´s Garden, dedicated to the Sevillian painter, declared recently like Good of Cultural Interest, with the category of Historical Garden.
Another places to highlight is the Patio de Banderas, located inside the Royal Alcazar Wall, where you will enjoy a very good view of the Giralda and Cathedral.
At last we find the roman Monolitos, together with the remains of the acuaduct, are few of the authentic representations of the Roman epoch, when Seville was called Híspalis. It is supposed that the columns were part of the impressive temple to the goddess Diana.
Places of interest
Start off through the Judería arch (a covered passage communicating with the courtyard of the Pavilions), and follow the Callejón del Agua, along the walls.
Or alternatively, coming out of the courtyard on to the Triunfo square, immediately take the right turn into Romero Morube street; perhaps a little theatrical but pleasant nevertheless.
You will go alongside the Alcázar as far as the Alianza square, which you cross to continue along the Callejón de Rodrigo Caro, which narrows little by little into a winding street and comes out into the Doña Elvira square, one of the most typical squares in the district with its tiled benches and its little stone fountain under orange trees.
Then, along Gloria street, go into the dainty Los Venerables square where you will find the eponymous hospital. By day and by night you will be able to let go of this miracle of harmony...