Santa Cruz Neighborhood
Santa Cruz, is the primary tourist neighborhood of Seville, Spain, and the former Jewish quarter of the medieval city. Santa Cruz is bordered by the Jardines de Murillo, the Real Alcázar, Calle Mateos Gago, and Calle Santa María La Blanca/San José. The neighborhood is the location of many of Seville's oldest churches and is home to the Cathedral of Seville, including the converted minaret of the old Moorish mosque Giralda. Santa Cruz was Seville's old judería (Jewish quarter): when Ferdinand III of Castile conquered the city from Muslim rule, he concentrated the city's Jewish population—second in the Iberian Peninsula only to that of Toledo—in this single neighborhood. .
Encarnación Square (Las setas)
Since the 19th century, a market was located in the plaza, housed in a market building. The building was partially torn down in 1948 in accordance with plans for urban renewal. The market itself remained however, until 1973, when the rest of the dilapidated building was finally torn down. The land remained dormant until 1990, when the city decided to construct underground parking with space for a market on top. However, in the midst of construction, ruins dating to Roman and Andalusian eras were discovered, and construction was frozen after an expenditure of 14 million euros. In 2004, the city decided to attempt to develop the area again, and opened an international competition to solicit bids.
Plaza de España
The Plaza de España ("Spain Square", in English) is a plaza in the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park), in Seville, Spain, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is a landmark example of the Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival (Neo-Mudéjar) styles of Spanish architecture.
Seville is blessed with both the smaller, artisan shops as well as the larger department or chain stores. The local merchants are alive, and in some cases well, in Seville.
The main shopping area in the center are the two parallel streets Sierpes and Tetuan. Here you will find stores for just about everything: men's and women's clothing, shoes, ceramics, sporting goods, jewelry, posters and some of the general tourist stuff. The streets begin (or end) at Plaza Nueva/Plaza San Francisco where the "Ayuntamiento" (Town Hall) is located. From this direction you can head down Avenida Constitución to the cathedral. The other end of Sierpes and Tetuan leads to La Campana and Plaza del Duque, where El Corte Inglés is located. This shopping district also spills out into the side streets going towards the Alfalfa and a few streets towards the river. Sierpes and Tetuan are often the best places to find clothing for such brands at such stores as Zara. A large bookstore, appropriately named La Casa del Libro, is located on Tetuan sells about anything you could want including guidebooks, literature and fiction in English. Passing La Campana you can also head up Calle Laraña and find a few clothing and electronics stores.
Plaza Nueva and Townhall
This tree-lined square is the heart of Seville - located at the top of Avenida de la Constitución, it sits centrally between the shopping area, Arenal and the river, Alfalfa, and the monumental zone and is home to the Ayuntamiento, the Town Hall.
With its shady palm and orange trees, and plenty of benches around the outside, Plaza Nueva is a popular meeting place for everyone from visitors to older residents in the mornings, and families in the afternoons and at weekends.
The museums and art galleries in Seville contain a piece of the soul of this city. Visiting them let us know more about the history from different points of views: architectural complexes, pictorial works, sculptures, jewellery and objects that tell us how the past of all the peoples that sowed the seed was and that, thanks to their contribution, Seville is now a special and different city.
One feature of Seville is to have a wide variety of museums spread all over the city. Its high-quality exhibitions show a topic, a historical period and a wide style. From big spaces such as the Museo de Bellas Artes (art museum) or the Museo Arqueológico (archaeological museum), to more reduced spaces as the Museo Naval de la Torre del Oro (maritime museum) or the exhibition at Casa de Pilatos.
Cathedral of Sevilla
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See (Spanish: Catedral de Santa María de la Sede), better known as Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Seville.It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. It is also the largest cathedral in the world, as the two larger churches, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida and St. Peter's Basilica, are not the seats of bishops. It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Alcázar palace complex and the General Archive of the Indies.
The Alcázar of Seville is one of the most representative monumental compounds in the city, the country and the Mediterranean culture as a whole. The historical evolution of the city in the last millennium is held within its walls and gardens, amalgamating influences starting from the Arabic period, late Middle Ages Mudéjar right through to the Renaissance, Baroque and the XIX century. The declaration of World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. The visitor will get to know these unique surroundings either through the legendary al-Mutamid, the XI century monarch and poet from Seville, or through some of the characters that illuminated modern-day Spain around 1812.