The Miguel de Mañara palace, situated on Levíes street, was built by the Almansa family in the 15th century on the remains of previous constructions, including a Mudejar house. The house fits in with Renaissance typology, though with slight modifications at a later date. As regards the first constructions on which the Renaissance palace was based, some plinths have been conserved its murals in one of the rooms on the ground floor, probably carried out in the second third of the 15th century. The Mañara palace conserves a collection of screens of Jewish origin. Curiously, they almost all have different designs. It is the Seville façade which best conserves these elements. Levíes street where it is located gets its name from Samuel Ha-Levi, the treasurer and main book-keeper of King Pedro I.
Cultural centre situated in the Santa Cruz District, Casa de la Memoria de Al-Ándalus organises exhibitions and concerts and throughout the year a musical cycle focused on the art of flamenco. The headquarters is an old house-palace that conserves the elements of the original Jewish house (15th century) as well as other elements from the 16th and 17th centuries. The house and the shop can be visited where exclusive craftsmanship of the Al-Andalus and Sephardi tradition can be bought.
Carne Gate, called Minjoar by the Moslems and of Almoravide origin, was the only exit to the exterior from the fenced Jewish quarter district. It was situated at the point at which the current Santa María la Blanca street meets Cano Cueto street, where the market was located. During the course of it history it has received various names such as the Perlas gate, the Jewish quarter gate, as it was the direct entry from the city to the latter, and the one that stuck, Carne (meat) gate, as there was an abattoir on the outskirts of the city constructed at the time of the Catholic Monarchs and immortalized by Cervantes in his Coloquio de los perros (Colloquy on dogs), said to be one of the three places which the King had yet to conquer in Seville and where Berganza was born, one of his characters.
Discover with us the most beautiful corners and the most illustrious characters of what was the most extensive Jewish quarter of the Iberian Peninsula. The Jewish Quarter of Seville is the ultimate place to retrace the footprints of Jewish history in Spain. A neighborhood of singular beauty described by the great romantic travelers of the 19th century. A place to discover the fascinating history of the Jews in the capital of Andalusia. This visit can be combined with a visit to the Real Alcazar, the oldest royal palace in use in Europe. In the Royal Palace of Seville, Jewish intellectuals, musicians and poets played an important role both in the court of the Muslim king Al-Mutamid and in the court of the Christian kings Fernando III and Alfonso X. Discover with us the heart of Jewish Andalusia and the fascinating story of the Royal Jews of Seville.
Come and experience the history of Jews in Spain: explore museums and world heritage sites, walk through the old cobbled lanes of Jewish neighborhoods, take in the splendid architecture and eat delicious food, drink Spanish wine while learning about the Golden Age of the Jews of Sepharad on this unique family run, multi-day Jewish Heritage Tour to Spain.