When talking about the Jewish quarter of Seville is normal that the first thing that comes to the mind of the people is the Santa Cruz, which is very attractive by having a good amount of alleyways, corners and a good amount of stories that remind us of different personal that give life to a great amount of legends and mysteries.
However, what is certain is that in the Jewish quarter of Seville you can find many more things, so in this article we want to talk to you about some of the different places of interest that can be found in the Jewish quarter of Seville, so if you’re thinking of visiting you can get to know her better.
Before you begin to review the different places and buildings you might be interested to know when you visit the jewish quarter, we will review a little of its history to have a better idea of why it is an area of the city very eye-catching.
You must know that the Jewish quarter of Seville was occupied by an extension of the much bigger city, with the addition that was built so that there are in the vicinity of the Church of Santa Maria la Blanca, and also in the surroundings of San Bartolomé, which were built over mosques by Fernando III, and then of Alfonso III, which was ceded to the jewish community after the city was reconquered in the year 1248.
Places of interest that you need to know about the jewish quarter
The walls of the jewish quarter were also part of the wall that protected it to Seville, taking its origin during the time of the romans, although it is true that in the present you see is not the same wall, as you can see today is there thanks to the regrowth of the almohad leader.
A very interesting detail that can be seen between the walls is the system of water pipe, which was to pipes, watercress stew, taking care to carry the water to the Alcázar.
The streets of the jewish quarter, water and life
Without any doubt we can say that these are the most famous streets that can be found within the barrio de Santa Cruz, which is why they are streets that we highly recommend visiting even if you do not know.
Still here we recommend you know the “Patio de Banderas” (Courtyard of the Flags), the royal entrance to the Alcazar, the Plaza del Triunfo and the Cathedral. From this experience we can highlight you step by os arcades, which were very typical during the medieval buildings and that these were in charge of allowing it to transitara below the houses.
If you are interested in visiting these streets we recommend that you do when there are no major agglomerations or groups, be able to know their true peace of mind, and freshness is the best part, besides that it is so much easier to be able to perceive the aroma of the flowers of the gardens.
The Plaza de Santa Cruz
In the space in which it is located this square today was one of the synagogues of the city (up to the year 1391), which was later converted into the parish church of the Holy Cross, which was demolished during the invasion of Napoleon, which had the remains of Murillo.
Now you can see a cross of the forging that is a work of Sebastian Conde in the late SEVENTEENTH century, which indeed originally could be found in the street of Sierpes.
However, with the remodeling that was given to the area during the first half of the silo XX, the cross was moved to this square, while the church that was there was moved to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit that is located in the street of Mateos Gago.
Calle Las Cruces (The street with crosses)
A street very striking that he received this name thanks to all the crosses that can be found embedded in the walls, which are believe that they are there since the FIFTEENTH century.
At the end of this street you will find a widening in which there is a pedestal with brick, and three columns in which you can find crosses of forging, which is why it is known as the calvary of the street of the crosses.
It is said that these crosses are placed all over the street because, being a religious community, placed these crosses in order to avoid that the bad people or passers-by, unwanted, come to make your needs in this street during the night.
The house of the Dean Lopez
In the Plaza de Alfaro couldn’t find the palace of this dean in the cathedral of the city. Here the most important thing was not the building, but the great collection that was in its interior, the cal had close to 1,000 boxes.
In Paris was held an auction of his collection and just look at the catalog of this auction to see the collection that had a lot of responsibilities quite doubtful, although it is true that if we found a large number of paintings which had an artistic quality really outstanding.
Throughout the collection we can highlight two paintings really stand out: The vision of Sa Father Nolasco and The Apostle saint Peter to Saint Peter Nolasco, both paintings of Zurbarán, which change in life by other lesser quality paints.
In the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville you can find a picture of this collector made by Antonio María Esquivel.
Palace of Altamira
This palace was built after that will be carried out the assault on the jewish quarter in the year 1391, to be erected by Don Diego López de Estúñiga, for which he followed the model of the mudejar palace of Peter I.
After this palace belonged to other families, which were adapting to more modern times by changing some parts of your architecture and adding decorative elements.
These are some of the places you must not lose while visiting the Jewish quarter of Seville. We hope that during your visit you can meet some of these places.