Seville – Casco Antiguo – Santa Cruz – around and about

Generally Barrio Santa Cruz is thought to correspond to La Juderia, the area east of the cathedral, but in fact its administrative area covers a much larger zone, so I’ve had to break it down into four posts. My post on La Juderia is here, Placa de Espania here and the cathedral area here. This post covers some of the remaining area.

Map of the barrios here, my Google map here.

Walking from Triana, I crossed over the river on the Puente de San Telmo and walked straight ahead to the Puerto de Jerez. In this square you’ll find the Fuente de Hispalis, sculpted by Manuel Delgado Brackenbury in 1928.

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Turning right from here, the facade of the opulent Hotel Alfonso XIII is worth a look. I’d love to stay here one day.

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Continuing along Avenida Roma, you come to the stunning doorway of Palacio de San Telmo.

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Construction of the Baroque building begain in 1682 but this Churrigueresque entrance dates from 1754.

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The florid decoration includes a balcony supported by an Atlantes; a support sculpted in the form of a man.

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One block east is the Real Fábrica de Tabacos which now houses the Universidad de Seville. Tourists are allowed in for free via the main entrance on Calle San Fernando.

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When construction began in 1728 it was the first tobacco factory in Europe.

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Generally it is of a Renaissance design but the impressive main facade is Baroque.

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The sculptures are by the Portuguese architect Cayetano de Acosta.

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He is also responsible for the fountains in the courtyard.

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Due south from here is the Teatro Lope de Vega, a Baroque theatre built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition, with its pretty tiled dome.

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If you cross to the other side of the roundabout you’ll come to one of the entrances of Parque de María Luisa. There are some beautiful statues around the entrance gate.

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Walk through here and you’ll come to Plaza de España (see separate post).

There’s lots more to see around here but these were my highlights.

Enough of Seville! On to Huelva next.

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