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Seville City - Santa Catalina District

Santa Catalina

If you follow the street eastwards away from the Setas, passing Plaza Cristo de Burgos, the next area you arrive in is Santa Catalina barrio (neighbourhood).

This neighbourhood is named after the 14th century Mudejar-Gothic church of Santa Catalina, restored and reopened in 2018. With its curious structure a mix of different parts in brick, and orange and white, with a Gothic façade added in the 1920s to cover the original

Mudejar door, it is well worth a visit. In the fascinating crypt you can see Roman and Visigothic tombs, and Islamic houses and wells; an ornate gold chapel by Leonardo de Figueroa; plus a Mudejar tower which you can climb.

Plaza Ponce de Leon has some traditional food shops and restaurants, while Plaza Terceros is a pleasant, shady square home to several small restaurants – this is a delightful place to eat outdoors; the oldest tapas bar in Seville, El Rinconcillo is nearby. You can stay at Hotel Posadero del Lucero, one of the city’s oldest inns, close to Plaza Cristo de Burgos.

The most important monument in this area is Casa de las Dueñas, where the late Duquesa de Alba lived. Little-known by the visiting public, this palace is worth visiting for its fascinating glimpse into the life of this art, flamenco and football-loving aristocrat, who had an amazing art collection and was the most-titled woman in the world.