Alameda de Hércules

Alameda de Hércules (27)

Alameda de Hércules is an important destination in Seville, running along the Guadalquivir River on one side, and La Macarena on the other. This tree-lined avenue was created in 1574, when the Count of Barajas converted the marshy swamp into a lively avenue that became a meeting point for Sevillians.

At one end there are two columns bearing the figures of Julius Caesar, who restored Híspalis, and Hercules, who is said to have founded the city. These columns were brought here in 1578 from an old Roman temple dedicated to Hercules himself, which was on Calle Mármoles. 

On the far opposite end of the street are two more columns, crowned with lions and shields that represent Spain and Seville. 

Alameda has almost always been a very busy spot, in part owing to the important street market that took place here every Sunday, where these days you’ll find the weekend “Peacock” fair. The district now offers many leisure activities, with lots of restaurants, cafes and tearooms. And if at night you’re in the mood for a drink, this is also a good, exciting option. 

Additionally, if you’re interested in literature and the lives of authors, keep in mind that in this area, on the street dedicated to the Count of Barajas, you can find the place where the romantic writer Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer spent part of his life.

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