The barrio of Santa Cruz was, during the Middle Ages, Sevilla’s Jewish district. At the time, the narrow streets and close, white-washed buildings were constructed with intentions of keep out that scorching sun; they sure knew what they were doing as today you can quickly detect a significant temperature drop as soon as you enter the area. Walking through these enchanting streets and quiet squares will take you back in time as, despite the tourism, the architecture and atmosphere remain untouched.
One of the most alluring aspects of Santa Cruz is its wealth of treasures tucked into its streets. Apart from intimate plazas like the Plaza de Santa Cruz, your cultural yearnings will not go unfulfilled. Sevilla’s centuries of history featuring numerous cultures are represented in this barrio, with columns and acueduct remnants dating back to the city’s Roman roots surviving amongst a hodgepodge of Moorish, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture.
Learn about the discovery of America in the Archivo de Indias, the former hub of commerce, and see real documents dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Other hidden treasures include art galleries like the Galería Rafael Ortiz and quaint flamenco venues like the Casa de la Memoria tucked into the streets. During the summer, the exquisite Alcázar gardens provide an unbeatable setting for outdoor classical music series.
Where to experience Sevilla culture in Santa Cruz:
-Casa de la Memoria
-Noches en los Jardines del Real Alcázar de Sevilla; July-August- Alcázar