Jardines de Catalina de Ribera

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.

Statue and Fountain to Commorate Columbus
Statue and Fountain to Commorate Columbus
Alcázar of Saville
Alcázar of Saville
A gate to the Alcázar of Seville
A gate to the Alcázar of Seville
Outer wall of the Alcázar of Seville
Outer wall of the Alcázar of Seville

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.

Street Map of Santa Cruz
Street Map of Santa Cruz
 Alcázar Outer Wall
Alcázar Outer Wall
Former Jewish House, now a hotel
Former Jewish House, now a hotel
Former Jewish House
Former Jewish House
Santa Cruz Street
Santa Cruz Street
Santa Cruz Courtyard
Santa Cruz Courtyard
Santa Cruz Courtyard Orange Trees
Santa Cruz Courtyard Orange Trees

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.

Spanish Courtyard
Spanish Courtyard, Santa Cruz
Spanish Courtyard
Spanish Courtyard, Santa Cruz
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