Not far from the Saville Cathedral are part of the gardens of the Alcázar. In 1920 these gardens were created in two parts, one called the Jardines de Catalina de Ribera, named after its benefactress. It has a statue and fountain to commemorate Christopher Columbus.
The Alcázar (Palace) of Seville remains in this part of the city and is still used by the King of Spain when he visits. The Alcázar is situated near the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. The Alcázar was initially occupied in the 8th century BC. A series of other buildings were built on the same spot including the College of Orlearians, a Visigothic Christian Basilica, and a Caliph residence. Ultimately it became the palace for the royal family of Spain in the 13th century.
Behind the Alcázar is the Barrio de Santa Cruz. It is a historical jewish section of the city. It consists of hotels, local residences, shopping, and beautiful courtyards.
Many Spanish homes reflect the architectural design of the romans where the house surrounds an inner courtyard. We caught a glimpse of some private courtyards that serve as a quiet oasis from the noise of the city.