Things to Do in Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville

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Things to Do in Barrio Santa Cruz Seville: Cathedral

Seville's cathedral, at the edge of the Barrio Santa Cruz, is one of the biggest in Europe
(c) Damian Corrigan

What is the Seville Cathedral?

Seville's cathedral is the largest gothic cathedral in the world and the third largest cathedral overall. The cathedral is built on the site of an old mosque, which adds to the intrigue.

Where is the Seville Cathedral?

Between Avenida de la Constitucion and Plaza del Triunfo, close to the Alcazar.

Useful Information About the Seville Cathedral

Entry is 8€.

Open 11am to 5.30pm (Winter; Mon to Sat) and 9.30am to 4.30pm (Winter; Mon to Sat) and Sundays open 2.30pm to 6.30pm all year round.

Seville Cathedral Mass Times

Mass times are complicated so check carefully.

Monday to Friday

Capilla Real - 8:30, 9:00, 12:00 and 17:00 (July & August: no 17:00 mass)
Altar Mayor - 10:00 (not in July and August)
Parroquía del sagrario - 12:30, 19:00, 20:00 (not in July and August)


Capilla Real - 8:30, 12:00, 17:00 and 20:00 (July & August: 8:30, 10:00, 12:00 and 20:00)
Altar Mayor - 10:00 (not in July and August)
Parroquía del sagrario - 12:30, 19:00 and 20:00 (not in July and August)


Capilla Real - 8:30, 11:00, 17:00 and 18:00  (July & August: no pm mass)
Altar Mayor - 10:00, 12:00 and 13:00
Parroquia del sagrario - 11:30, 12:30, 19:00 and 20:00  (not in July and August)


Capilla Real - from 8:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00 (July & August: no pm prayer)

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The Giralda in Seville
(c) Damian Corrigan

What is the Giralda?

The Giralda is the 12th century minaret (from when a mosque stood on this site). It served as a model for what you can now see in Marrakesh.

Where is the Giralda?

Next to the cathedral.

Useful Information About the Giralda

Entry to the Giralda is included in entry to the cathedral.

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Seville Alcazar

Scenes of Game of Thrones were filmed in Seville's Alcazar
(c) Damian Corrigan

What is Seville's Alcazar?

The Alcazar in Seville is a palace and garden complex, like a mini version of the Alhambra in Granada. Built for the Muslim Moors in the 14th century (when they still dominated most of Spain), its patios, ornate ceilings and beautifully kept gardens are quite a treasure.

The Alcazar was also the setting for Sunspear in Game of Thrones. 

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Entry costs 7.50€. Opens at 9.30am all year round, closes at 5.30pm in winter (October to March) and 7.30pm in summer (April to September).

Where is the Alcazar?

Next to the Cathedral.

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Casa de Pilatos

Casa de Pilatos in Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville
(c) Damian Corrigan

What is Casa de Pilatos?

Built for the marquis of Tarifa after his trip around Europe, the Casa de Pilatos combines mudejar architecture with that which he saw in Italy.

Entrance is normally 8€, but it is free on Tuesdays.

Where is Casa de Pilatos?

On Calle Aguilas in the Barrio Santa Cruz.

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Plazas del Pan and Salvador

Plazas del Pan in Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville
(c) Damian Corrigan

What are the Plazas del Pan and Salvador?

Plaza Salvador is one of Seville's most popular plazas. Its tapas bar is a popular meeting point for Sevillanos embarking on a big night out. Those who can't afford the bars (and, in many cases, are too young to go into a bar) congregate on the steps to the church.

Parellel to Plaza Salvador is Plaza de Pan (also known as Plaza Jesus de la Pasion), a smaller, more low-key square but still worth a wander through.

Where are the Plazas de Pan and Salvador?

When walking north from the cathedral, Plaza Salvador is parallel and to the right of Calle Sierpes and Plaza de Pan is to the right of Salvador.

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Casa de la Memoria

Casa de la Memoria in Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville
(c) Damian Corrigan

What is Casa de la Memoria?

Casa de Memoria is a cultural center in Seville. It will be of most interest to visitors for its regular flamenco shows.

When I first visited Casa de la Memoria, the show had sold out for the evening (this was in September). So book in advance!

Where is Casa de la Memoria?

On Calle Ximenez de Enciso in the Barrio de Santa Cruz.

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Go for Tapas

Fried fish at Freiduria Puerta de la Carne in Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville
(c) Damian Corrigan

What is Tapas?

This might sound like a stupid question, but there are many myths about tapas in Spain. It is not a type of food, it is a way of eating it. Read more about Tapas in Spain.

Where are the Tapas Bars in Barrio Santa Cruz?

There are a number of good tapas bars in Barrio Santa Cruz, on Calle Santa Maria la Blanca, Calle Cueto y Cano and Paseo de Catalina de Ribera. The latter has my favorite tapas bar in Seville, called Santa Catalina.

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Flamenco Museum

Flamenco dresses at the Seville Flamenco museum
(c) Judith Glynn

What is the Flamenco Museum in Seville?

Learn about Spain's most famous art form. A lot of the emphasis here is on the visual side of flamenco (as one would expect in a museum), with its dazzling dresses dominating proceedings.

Where is it?

In Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville's most popular district.

Museo del Baile Flamenco, C/ Manuel Rojas Marcos 3, 41004 Sevilla. Tel: +34 954340311

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Seville Town Hall (Ayuntamiento)

Seville Town Hall
(c) Damian Corrigan

What is so Special about Seville's Town Hall?

Seville's Town Hall (Ayuntamiento in Spanish) is a beautiful building with two very different façades - the Plaza Nueva side is Neo-classical while the Plaza San Francisco side is Renaissance. Notice that the Renaissance style is unfinished - the left-hand side is very ornate but it peters out as you get to the right. This is because the architect who designed it died during the building process, taking his vision with him.

Where is it?

Between Plaza Nueva and Plaza San Francisco.

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Archivo General de las Indias

Archivo General de las Indias
(c) Damian Corrigan

What is Archivo General de las Indias?

Don't let the name confuse you - the Archivo General de las Indias is the archive of Spain's colonial exploits around the world - and no, they never colonized India. The documentation here pertains to Spain's adventures in South America and the Philippines.

Interesting artifacts here include Columbus's personal diary and the decree from the Pope that divided up the world between Spain and Portugal.

Where is it?

Behind the Cathedral on Avenida de la Constitución.

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