Seville 03

Seville Episode 03 The cathedral, the Giralda and Santa Cruz

Moors, Christians and Jews

We look at the way Seville’s cathedral was built on the site of the city’s mosque when the Christians re-conquered the city and at the parts of it – the Giralda, the Patio de los Naranjos and the arched gateway – which date from the Islamic era. After choosing just a tiny proportion of the cathedral’s treasures to highlight, we head off to the nearby area of Santa Cruz, home to the city’s Jewish community before they fled Spain during the Inquisition. Today it’s a charming labyrinth of tiny cobbled streets and flower-filled patios, enticingly viewed through wrought iron gates. Christian, Jewish and Muslim Seville are intertwined in this area.