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“Streets with New Names”
Review of Barrio Santa Cruz

Barrio Santa Cruz
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Tapas and Traditions of Seville Day Food Tour
Ranked #4 of 281 things to do in Seville
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Barrio Santa Cruz used to be the Jewish quarter. The streets are narrow and form a labyrinth. It’s easy to get lost among the jasmine-scented streets… only to discover a convent or a palace or a hotel. Many of the palaces have wrought iron gates suitable for peeping into their beautiful patios. There are many small stores and some artisan shops, as well as good art galleries.
London, United Kingdom
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“Streets with New Names”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

Tiny cobbled streets, and plaques that bear witness to the famous writers, artists and Jews whose souls still haunt the Barrio Santa Cruz.

The place is an interesting glimpse into an area that was once predominantly Jewish.
There are little curio shops for the tourists; flamenco bars and gift shops.

I discovered a place dedicated to regenerating the history of the Sephardic Jews and their contribution to the livelihood of Seville, and learned how a change in religious/political life altered the city landscape forever, as Arabic street names were replaced by Christian ones as a mark of conquest.

A really informative, special place called the "Juderia with Jaime and Julie" is well worth a visit, as it gives a fresh perspective on the history and living experience of Ladino Jews, and how they lived alongside Muslims in the city before the reconquest of Seville by the Christian Kings in 1492.

All in all, the Barrio Santa Cruz is a good place to start your relationship with Seville.

Visited November 2013
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Quaint little area. Beware that it's expensive and not all of items for sale are made in Spain even though they look similar to those Taft are.

Visited November 2013
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Malaga, Spain
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“A Must See”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

The Barrio Santa Cruz has the beautiful Hospital de los Venerables, which is a museum which has interesting exhibitions. The chapel there is one of the most beautiful chapels in Spain and when we were there someone was practicing on the organ. This gave us an incredible and wonderful experience.

There are also several interesting churches with artwork. Many tourist stores in the area are quite interesting and of course there are many places where one can have tapas and drinks.

Visited November 2013
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“Don't get lost!”
Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

Extremely easy to get lost and the streets are so narrow so you can't see the cathedral, even though it's really nearby. Do don't venture in without a map. Cool streets, dotted with tapas bars, shops and pretty squares- a perfect place to spend a few hours.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Attractive area full of life and character”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

The narrow streets, the tapas bars and buildings are well worth seeing. Yet, the area can be very busy with people, despite the fact that we went in November. Excellent base to see the main monuments and easy walk to the bus station (Prado de San Sebastian) and Airport bus.

Visited November 2013
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