District of Santa Cruz in Seville
The District of Santa Cruz (also known as the Jewish Quarter) is one of the most important and popular areas of Seville. Located in the heart of the city, it is full of whitewashed houses, noble mansions and humble family courtyards filled with flowers.
It originated in the ancient Jewish quarter of Seville. When King Ferdinand III of Castile conquered the city in 1248 it was the second largest Jewish community in Spain, after that of Toledo.
Following the expulsion of the Jews in 1483, the district fell into decline until the early nineteenth century reurbanization. The neighborhood is a maze made up of narrow streets and alleys that end up in places, constructed to avoid the scorching summer sun, creating flows of fresh air. One of the best experiences is getting lost through the streets and squares in the district of Santa Cruz.