San Bartolomé, Pilatos, La Alfalfa
The neighbourhood begins at the extremely popular Puerta de la Carne (Meat Door), which is named after an old slaughterhouse situated there. It preserves the atmosphere of old, popular Seville, whose intricate network of streets has maintained Arab and Medieval buildings combined with palatial and religious constructions of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
If we begin the visit along Mármoles Street we will come to the Parish Church of San Nicolás (18th century) with a rococo interior and a number of altarpieces and sculptures by Pedro Roldán and Francisco Ruiz Gijón.
The square of Santa María La Blanca contains the 18th century façade of the Palace of Altamira. To one side, the Church of Santa María La Blanca, was built over the remains of an old synagogue. The interior was redecorated in the 17th century with some of the most creative Baroque plaster work to be found in Seville, the work of the Borja brothers.
Archeros Street leads to the Parish Church of San Bartolomé. Nearby, on Levíes Street, stands the Palace of Mañara, the home of Miguel de Mañara, model for Don Juan Tenorio, the famous character of world literature. It is an impressive Renaissance building with an interesting façade bearing fresco paintings which imitate brick surfaces. Continuing on to the Plaza de las Mercedarias and then along to the Vidrio street, the visitor reaches the Parish Church of San Esteban, Mudejar building of the late 14th century with interesting, early 15th-century Gothic doorways. Nearby stands the House of Pilatos, interesting for its blend of Gothic, Mudéjar, Italian Renaissance and classic elements.
From the Pilatos square we recommend continuing along Aguilas Street. On its left-hand side stands the Convent of Santa María de Jesús, Mudéjar style of the early 16th century. Continuing along Rodrigo Marín street, the visitor skirts the side of the Church of San Ildefonso, one of the few Neoclassical constructions of Seville, built in the 18th-century with an interesting main façade and two towers. Opposite stands the Convent of San Leandro whose orchards border with the gardens of the house of Pilatos. The church (17th century), contains magnificent altarpieces by Montañés and Jerónimo Hernández. The gate house of the convent sells exquisite egg yolks made by the nuns.
After a short walk along the Cabeza del Rey Don Pedro Street, which contains numerous antique shops, the visitor reaches the Church of San lsidro, another example of 14th century Mudéjar art. Its main altarpiece contains the large painting, The Passing of San lsidro by Juan de Roelas. Exiting the church, along the Cristo de las Tres Caídas street (The Three Falls of Christ), the visitor enters the Square of Alfalfa, a lively spot of the historic centre with bars which are popular for their tapas (small portions of popular dishes).
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