Today the hospital has been restored and is the home of the Museo de las Cofradias where art and other items of cultural significance is exhibited in the galleries. You can take a very worthwhile guided tour of the hospital church which features frescoes by Juan de Valdes Leal as well as his son Lucas.
Open Mon –Sun 10.00 – 2.00pm , 4.00pm – 8.00pm
The 1675 Baroque styled Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes was once used as a resthome for elderly priests. It took 20 years to fully complete. The building is right in the centre of the Santa Cruz district.
This area was once the are for the minority of Spanish Jews who lived in Seville. During the late 15th century, the Jews were forced out of the city when the Christians took over Seville and converted all the synagogues into churches.
In the north eastern corner of the city is the old district of Santa Cruz or Barrio de Santa Cruz. The streets are narrow and winding opening up into little squares with fountains and orange trees for shade for those enjoying a drink or a meal outside on the patio areas.
Barrio = area or neighbourhood and this area of Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter, was for me the most picturesque part of Sevilla and somewhere I shall look forward to returning to and exploring more of its colourful patio and squares and enjoying some al fresco tapas. Just enjoy exploring the narrow cobbled alleyways and the whitewashed houses with their colourful balconies and flowers.
Things to note especially are:
Callejon del Agua (Water Alley) which follows the Alcázar garden walls
Plaza Alfaro, surely inspiration for the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet
Plaza Santa Cruz with its intricate 17th-century wrought iron cross in the centre
Plaza Doña Elvira - lovely square with tiled benches and cafes around it
Plaza de los Venerables - with hospital of same name
Plaza de las Tres Cruces - triangular square with three crosses on columns
more pics in the travelogue
This is one of the most touristy parts of Seville, but it's definitely worth a visit. It's the old part of town, with a lot of narrow winding cobblestone streets, ancient buildings, beautiful churches, etc. There are also a lot of restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops here. My favorite flamenco bar - La Carboneria - is in the Barrio Santa Cruz. My favorite flamenco show venue - Casa de la Memoria - is there too. It's a very charming neighbourhood, even if it seems like a maze sometimes! (definitely bring a map - it's easy to get lost here!)
The heart of Old Seville. Winding narrow streets, flowered balconies, and flamenco shows abound this part of town.
Map, schmap - forget about it. Even if you had one it will be of little help navigating through the maze of narrow streets. Looking for landmarks (shops, restaurants, buildings) are your key to walking around. Getting lost is half the fun.
Picture is a view of the Dona Maria Hotel at the edge of the Barrio de Santa Cruz district at the Plaza Virgen de los Reyes. It was taken from on my way to the top of Giralda Tower.
These peaceful gardens behind the Alcazar are dedicated to the Sevillian painter Murillo - he lived nearby this area. There is also a monument to Columbus in this park and is often a starting place for city tours.
Also in Barrio Santa Cruz Is Plaza Refinadores, a small lively square between Plaza Santa Cruz and Calle Santa María La Blanca - a good place to sit and have a coffee as you admire the balconies on the buildings around the sqaure. There is also a statue here of Don Juan Tenorio, one of Seville's most famous literary characters
Santa Cruz district is insignificant, however it is very difficult to be guided on a map. The district represents an improbable interlacing of narrow streets, small squares, deadlocks. Therefore it is possible simply to dare to take a walk, not paying attention on a direction of movement, admiring architecture and garlands of flowers which are hanging down from balconies.
One of the most interesting districts of Seville is Barrio de Santa Cruz. The Jewish dealers started to build this district in the middle ages. They have been sent from Toledo at king Ferdinand. This district have become one of the most expensive and prestigious now. Winding narrow streets, white in a frame yellow walls of houses, black refined lattices and green court yard make indelible impression at every visitor.
A very lovely area of Sevilla is the SANTA CRUZ DISTRICT. It is a very old part of the city and is the location of the ancient Jewish Quarter. It is also very picturesque as you can see some beautiful patios. Most of the doors are open so you can see through the decorative iron gates, the nice views inside. The patio pictured ( in the more photos) was taken during our walk along the walls of the Alcazar.
A nice house at Santa Cruz District, near Murillo's Gardens. They're painted in white with some details in other colours, as yellow, red or green. The entrance is usually a courtyard with a small fountain and with a lot of flower-pots. They have two or three floors and a small tower-balcony.
Una boníta casa en el barrio de Santa Cruz, cerca de los Jardines de Murillo. Están pintada de color blanco, con algunos detalles en otros colores, como el amarillo, el rojo o el verde. La entrada es por lo general un patio con una pequeña fuente y muchísimas macetas. Tienen dos o tres plantas y una pequeña torre-mirador.
Santa Cruz neighborhood is part of the ancient Jew's quarter. This street is called Water's street, due to the water canalization along the way. It runs next to the Royal Fortress walls.
El barrio de Santa Cruz es parte de la antigua judería. Esta es la calle del agua, debido a la canalización de agua que hay a lo largo de la calle. Vá bordeando las murallas de los Reales Alcázares.
It's really relaxing to walk at this park among its centenary trees and have a break sat down on these tile benches. It's placed just next to the Royal Fortress walls, where is place a nice fountain with fresco paintings.
Es muy relajante pasear por este parque entre sus árboles centenarios, así como tomar un descanso sentado en uno de estos bancos de azulejos. Está situado junto a las murallas de los Reales Alcázares, donde hay una bonita fuente con pinturas al fresco.