On this occasion, you will have the opportunity to get to know one of the most important and striking neighborhoods of the beautiful city of Seville: the Barrio de Santa Cruz, which by its name nobody could think that it is the old “Jewish quarter” of the city.
We begin our Free Tour at the emblematic Puerta de Jerez, next to the iconic Fuente de Híspalis. From there, as we head towards the Santa Cruz neighborhood, we will know the rich and exciting history of the Jewish community of Seville, how they left their mark on our city, and especially the sinuous and variable relationship with the other religions, especially the Islamic and the Christian.
At the hand of our expert local guide, you will discover the most outstanding and mysterious historical facts that are jealously guarded in the most intimate part of the Hebrew community of Seville. Having already reached the neighborhood, we will visit its winding alleys, intricate corners, picturesque squares, and other iconic and emblematic places.
In this sense, the tour will not be complete without going through the admirable Plaza de Doña Elvira, one of the most attractive monuments, not only in the neighborhood but throughout Seville. We will also pass through the streets Vida y Muerte, whose most interesting fact is undoubtedly the reason for their peculiar and contradictory names. But the most exciting thing will be to cross Cruces Street, not only because it is the narrowest in Seville, but because of the curious and surprising origin of its name.
As if this were not enough, you will delight in the enigmatic legends and dark mysteries that live within the collective imagination of the neighborhood, and you will be able to explore the diverse scenarios of the renowned literary works that have been recreated throughout history, both in its picturesque streets and public squares, as in its turbulent bars.
If you are an art lover, you cannot miss the curious anecdotes that you will discover the well-known novel “Don Juan Tenorio” and the world-famous opera “El Barbero de Sevilla”. But also, you will be amazed to learn about the legend of Susona as well as the Fermosa Fembra, which is of great importance in order to understand the Sevillian Jewish culture that had as an epicenter this exciting Santa Cruz neighborhood.
Puerta de Jerez, next to the fountain.
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