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La Judería de SevillaEl Barrio de Santa Cruz y la Judería
The Barrio de Santa Cruz is one of the most important and popular of Seville, corresponding neighborhoods with the medieval Jewish quarter of Sevilla.Ubicado in the center of the city, bordered to the west by the environment of the Cathedral; south to the gardens of the Alcazar; on the east by the Gardens of Murillo and north of Calle Santa Maria la Blanca.

It originated in the old Jewish quarter of Seville, when King Ferdinand III of Castile conquered the city, concentrated in Seville the second Jewish community most important in Spain, after Toledo. In today's Plaza de Santa Cruz was once located the parish of Santa Cruz, which originally gave its name to this district. The church, in Mudejar style, was built on the remains of a synagogue which was located on the same site. During the French government (1811) occupying the church was demolished in a redevelopment plan of the city and in the resulting plot the Plaza de Santa Cruz was established. The parish located there moved to the former convent of the Clergy of the Holy Spirit, who is currently the Church of Santa Cruz, located on Calle Mateos Gago.

It is a labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys as the old Jewish quarters to escape the scorching sun of summer in Seville, creating currents of fresh air, ending in places that seem far from the center of the city, famous are the Square venerable full of bars and terraces, named after the former Hospital for venerable Priests, according to gossip, this square may have been born Don Juan Tenorio; or that names the neighborhood Plaza de Santa Cruz that has at its center a cross locksmith seventeenth century Mudejar built on the ancient parish of Santa Cruz; Plaza de las Cruces, small with three columns finished in crosses; Plaza de Doña Elvira, elegant with its tiles and orange trees and a fountain and flowerbeds with seating for bricks and tiles, once used as Corral of Comedies, this square is rumored to be born the impossible love of Don Juan Tenorio, the mythical Doña Ines de Ulloa, at least that's what it says one of the tiles that exist in the square; the Square refiners there is a graceful sculpture mythical conqueror of women; Plaza de Alfaro; Square Alliance, formerly known as Plaza del Pozo Seco borders the wall; Water or alley parallel to the walls, and the water was brought to the Alcazar, and was also hosting this alley writer Washington Irving, as recalled by a plaque made by Mariano Benlliure.

Leaving this alley stumbled upon the beautiful Jardines de Murillo, another charming place in Seville. Another of the quarter is the alley of Jewry, which puts us at the end in the great Patio de Banderas which is formed by a hunt around the Royal Palace and its walls. Regarding the streets, is the de las Cruces has two wooden crosses on a red painted wall; Calle Santa Teresa, where the Museo de Murillo House and a Carmelite convent dating from the seventeenth century founded by Saint Teresa; and Calle Lope de Rueda, which has several mansions, other streets less important but no less beautiful are the streets of Glory, Mosque Street, Street Life, Pepper Street, the street Justino de Neve, the Jamerdana street and the street Susona before Death street. And one of the most famous, Calle Mateos Gago, from where you can see one of the best views of the Giralda

After the expulsion of the Jews in 1483, the neighborhood that occupied what is the Barrio de Santa Cruz and San Bartolomé, plummeted until the early nineteenth century decided the recovery ward, opening the Calle Mateos Gago (the only relatively wide street of the neighborhood) or the redevelopment of the square that bears his name


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In the following link you can book tickets for guided tour of the Barrio de Santa Cruz and the Jewish Quarter