Located in the heart of Seville, this former Jewish quarter was captured from Muslim rule by Ferdinand III. The historic old city saw a serious decline in 1492, when the Alhambra Decree expelled Jews from Spain. It later underwent a major renaissance in the 18th century, and today is home to winding roads, picturesque landscapes and some of the region’s most iconic churches.
Travelers flock to Santa Cruz’s labyrinth of narrow alleys and tiny streets that offer welcome shade from unyielding Sevillian sun. A handful of lively town squares—known by locals as plazas—serve as gathering spaces for community and culture. Perhaps the most popular, Plaza de Santa Cruz is a destination for visitors who want to visit the site of the oldest church and famous synagogue, which sits at its center. Calle de la Cruces is another common stop, since two wooden crosses decorate a red painted wall that draws travelers and locals who want to pay homage to the holy land.
Barrio de la Santa Cruz is bordered by the Real Alcazar, Calle Mateos Gago, Calle Santa Maria La Blanca and Jardines de Murillo.