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Seville – Casco Antiguo – Santa Cruz – around and about

Posted in Andalusia, Casco Antiguo, Santa Cruz, Seville, Seville Province, Spain with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2017 by gannet39

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.

Seville – Casco Antiguo – Santa Cruz – La Judería

Posted in Andalusia, Casco Antiguo, La Judería, Santa Cruz, Seville, Seville Province, Spain with tags , , , on February 23, 2017 by gannet39

La Judería was once the Jewish Quarter. It’s located in the barrio of Santa Cruz, located to the east and south east of the Cathedral and the Alcazar (see separate post).

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Many people will access the barrio by walking up Calle Mateos Gago which has some impressive buildings.

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Map of the barrios here, my Google map here.

The former ghetto is a maze of small streets and alleys that open into small squares. One of the prettiest is Plaza de Doña Elvira.

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It’s a lovely spot to sit and relax in a cafe, or on one of the ceramic-tiled benches.

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Another nice square is Plaza Santa Cruz.

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In the centre of the square is a beautiful wrought iron sculpture called La Cruz de la Cerrajeríaor, or The Cross of the Locksmith in English.

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It was made by Sebastián Conde in 1692 and was originally located in Calle Sierpes in the centre.

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There are some nice houses around the square…

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… with traditional windows known as balcones cerrados.

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Large mansions are everywhere.

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Some have lovely courtyards.

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Many houses are painted in yellow and white which seems to be the colour theme for the neighbourhood.

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There are lots of picturesque restaurants dotted around.

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They’re all very touristy but this one is worth a visit.

Las Teresas (Intermediate A), 3 Calle Santa Teresa

This bar was founded in 1870 and has been run by the same family since 1920.

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I love the beautiful interior.

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… with the hams hanging from the ceiling.

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I popped in for a glass of a favourite sherry of mine; Solera 1847 Cream (A)…

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… and some Huevas Alinadas, or Hake Roe, a classic dish of Cadiz. To be honest I wasn’t really a fan (C-) but I wanted to try them. I’m sure all the other things on the menu are great.

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This is just one of four posts on Barrio Santa Cruz, there’s lots more to see!

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Seville – Casco Antiguo – Santa Cruz – Plaza de España

Posted in Andalusia, Casco Antiguo, Plaza de España, Santa Cruz, Seville, Seville Province, Spain on February 22, 2017 by gannet39

The Plaza de España, a square located in the Parque de María Luisa in the southern end of Barrio Santa Cruz, was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.

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The building was used to showcase Spain’s industry and technology exhibits during the exposition.

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The architect was Aníbal González who mixed Art Deco, mock-Moorish and Moorish Revival (Neo-Mudéjar) styles in the design.

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The buildings of the plaza form a half-circle which is accessible via bridges over the moat. Here’s a video to give you more of an idea.

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The front wall of the buildings contain alcoves which each represent the different regions and cities of Spain.

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If you click on one of the photos below, you’ll be able to see them as a full-screen slideshow.

The square was used as a location for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones where it was used for exterior shots of the City of Theed on the Planet Naboo.

Please also see my other posts on Barrio Santa Cruz.

Seville – Casco Antiguo – Santa Cruz – around the cathedral

Posted in Andalusia, Casco Antiguo, Santa Cruz, Seville, Seville Province, Spain on February 21, 2017 by gannet39

The Gothic Catedral de Santa María de la Sede is the largest cathedral in the world.

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Construction began in 1402 and continued for over 100 years. In 1987 it was registered as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

The campanile of the cathedral, known as ‘La Giralda‘, is the most famous symbol of the city.

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It was once a minaret of the mosque that previously stood on the site.

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The statue at the top, meant to indicate the supremacy of the Christian faith, is called ‘El Giradillo’.

On the western side the main door to the cathedral’s central nave is known as the Door of Assumption.

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It is flanked either side by the Door of the Baptism (pictured) and the Door of San Miguel.

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On the south side is the Door of Saint Cristopher also known as De la Lonja. A replica of the “Giraldillo” stands in front of its gate.

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The square on this side is known as Plaza del Triunfo.

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It’s named after the Templete del Triunfo de Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio, a monument containing an image of the Virgin and Child, built in 1756.

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The square on the eastern side is known as Plaza Virgen de los Reyes. The ornate doorway of the Archidiócesis de Sevilla is on one side of the square.

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In the middle of the square is a monumental fountain and lamp post known as the Fuente de la Plaza Virgen de los Reyes.

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The water-spouting heads are replicas of Roman grotesques found in the Casa de Pilatos, a former ducal palace.

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Diagonally opposite the cathedral is the Alcázar of Seville.

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The main entrance is the Puerta del León.

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The panel of ceramic tiles depicting the lion was put in place relatively recently in 1892.

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More posts to follow about Barrio Santa Cruz.

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