San Luis, Macarena and Feria
This area is made up of a group of different villages with authentic sevillian flavour. In days gone by, it was an area renewned for its strong charactheristic flavour. It is a popular, busy part of town. Its streets -for example Calle de la Feria (Feria Street) where the thursday flea- market is set upo -are the oldest in Seville; they are full of people and tradition. It feels like a village from older times preserving taverns and shops from previous decades.
Near Alfalfa is the San Pedro Square, overlooked by the Church of San Pedro, a Mudéjar building of the 14th century, with an 18th-century tower and doorway and an interesting collection of art works. The apse of the temple marks the beginning of Doña María Coronel Street, location of the Convent of Santa Inés, founded in 1375. A turn-off to the left leads to the Palace of Las Dueñas. The building, decorated with a garden, is a mixture of styles, ranging from Gothic-Mudéjar to Renaissance and Baroque. Returning to the Doña María Coronel Street, the traveller reaches an intersection with the Bustos Tavera street which leads into the Los Terceros Square, a lively meeting area; the Rinconcillo, the oldest tapas bar in Seville, to one side stands the Parish Church of Santa Catalina, a Gothic-Mudéjar building raised on the site of a former mosque, of which only the mirab and tower remains. Inside it contains a small sacramental chapel, one of the most interesting Baroque constructions of Leonardo de Figueroa.
The Sol Street begins at the Los Terceros Square, on which stands the old Convent of Los Terceros, (current seat of the Hermandad de la Cena) built in the 17th century with an interesting façade of Latin American colonial style. From Sol, Enladrillada Street leads to the Convent of Santa Paula. Its garden/orchard contains the most representative work of the Catholic Kings style in Seville: a Gothic-Mudéjar door, decorated with Renaissance tiles by Niculoso Pisano and Andrea della Robbia. The interior contains an altarpiece by Alonso Cano and sculptures by Montañés. It also contains a small convent museum, and sweets and jam can be bougntat the gate house.
The Santa Paula Street leads to the Convent of Santa Isabel, founded in the 15th century, with a church designed by Alonso de Vandelvira in the 17th century. Inside the building contains the Cristo de la Misericordia (Merciful Christ) by Juan de Mesa. The nuns who live here produce golden embroidery, a traditional handicraft of Seville. San Luis street contains the marvellous example of Baroque art which is the Church of San Luis, today no longer used as a church. On the other side of this great building, the street leads into the Church of Santa Marina, a 14th century building containing an interesting chapel covered with a Mudéjar vault of interlacing arches. In the Pumarejo square, following Fray Diego de Cádiz Street, and attached to the inner perimeter of the walls, is the Church of San Hermenegildo.
According to tradition, this location was the site of the martyrdom of the Saint. It preserves a chapel on the site that previously held an Almohade door. Continuing along the ring road the traveller arrives at the Moorish fortifications, opposite the Hospital de la Sangre, the current seat of the Andalusian parliament and at one time the biggest hospital of Europe, designed by Martín de Gaínza. What today is the assembly hall was the church. The end of the wall connects to the Arch of Macarena, lending its name to the neighbourhood. Next to it stands the Basilica of Macarena, building of recent construction, interesting for its Image of the Virgen de la Esperanza, a 17th century work and the most beloved of the Sevillians as well as the interesting museum which holds its furnishings. From here the visitor enters the heart of the neighbourhood of Macarena. He must take Parras Street to Relator Street and then continue on to Feria street, where we recommend visiting the market, the oldest and most popular of Seville. Leaning against this building is the Church of Omnium Sanctorum, erected in the 13th century. It tower displays sebka work copied from the Giralda. Following along Feria the traveller arrives at the Parish Church of San Juan de la Palma, also Gothic-Mudejar. Inside, it contains the group sculpture, Virgen de la Amargura with San Juan, one of the landmarks of 18th century religious imagery.
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