Unknown Seville

The city of ghosts

By Sevilla Ghost

This community is dedicated to the world of mystery and paranormal activity. Its members are experts in exploring haunted spots, detecting electronic voice phenomena and reliving the city’s legends.

Cementerio de San Jorge

C/Marruecos s/n

This cemetery is also known as the cementerio de los ingleses and is one of the city’s best kept secrets. It was created in 1855 when then UK vice-consul, John B Williams, acquired this land to bury the sailors who worked in the British shipping companies in Andalusia and died of tuberculosis.

More than 200 people are interred here, including children. The majority are British, though there are also Germans, Swedes and people from the United States. The majority are also Protestant since they couldn’t be buried in the Catholic San Fernando Cemetery.

It’s rumored that when poor families suffered the loss of young children and couldn’t afford to bury them properly in San Fernando, they would bribe San Jorge’s gravedigger who would then bury the children within. It’s also said that the ghost of a monk appears to all those who dare to jump over the cemetery’s walls at night. Another ghost is that of a small boy who laughs and seems to want to play with those visiting the cemetery.

Entering is extremely difficult as it belongs to the San Jorge Association, that is, the descendants of all those buried within.

Casa de los Niños

This “house of children” once belonged to a lawyer, though it would later be owned by soldiers. After a few years, a female doctor acquired it and opened a clinic for children with disabilities. To this day, no one knows if anyone actually died in the house, but, for some strange reason, it has become quite popular with the misery lovers.

Antiguo Complejo Hospitalario de San Pablo

This old hospital complex, also known as the santuario de los muertos was built in the 1950s to take care of US Air Force personnel. It was later a military hospital and then university housing for soldiers’ children. In the 1970s, it was converted again into a civil hospital. However, in the 1980s with the construction of the Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena, the old hospital was abandoned. Since then, all manner of ghost sightings have been reported here.

Historical Spots

By Sevilla Secreta

The members of this community are up-to-date on everything happening in Seville. Whether you live here or are just visiting, this group will help you discover the true city through it stories, unknown secrets and curious anecdotes.

Panteón de los Sevillanos Ilustres

Pl. de la Encarnación, 30

This pantheon dedicated to illustrious Seville natives can be accessed through the School of Fine Arts. it’s in the crypt of “La Anunciación Church, where famous locals such as the poet, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, and the writer, Cecilia Böhl de Faber, are buried.

Templo romano de la calle Mármoles

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This Roman temple dates back to the 2nd century BC, though only three of its columns can still be seen. The other two are located in Alameda de Hércules, and a sixth broke when they attempted to move it to the Real Alcázar.

Hospital de la Caridad

C/Temprado, 3

Visiting this hospital promoted by Miguel de Mañara, the man who inspired the original fictional version of Don Juan Tenorio, is worth it just two see two beautiful pieces by the Baroque painter, Juan de Valdés Leal: ‘Finis gloriae mundi’ and ‘In ictu oculi’.

Hispalis, Past and Present

By Ispavilia

This community consists of locals and others who want to learn about the historical buildings and all the city’s historical-artistic treasures through guided tours and other activities.

Archivo de Indias

Av. de la Constitución, s/n

The “General Archive of the Indies” is a World Heritage Site. With this visit, you’ll learn about Seville’s importance in the 16th century when it became Europe’s most beautiful city thanks to its monopoly over trade with the Americas. The visit serves to underscore the city’s profound and long-standing ties with the Americas.

Sevilla de Leyenda

This is perhaps Ispavilia’s most suggestive and prettiest route. It takes you through Santa Cruz neighborhood at night, a beautiful and magical experience. With 14 stops from La Giralda to Calle Cabeza del Rey Don Pedro, you’ll learn not only about the city’s legends but also different stories and anecdotes from different periods.

Descubre la Judería

This route lets you discover Seville’s old Jewish quarter, highlighting the peaceful coexistence between people of different faiths in Seville and the rest of Spain during the Middle Ages. It is one of the Ispavilia’s most highly demanded and popular tours.

La Peste, 1649

This route dedicated to the plague was the star route in 2018. It takes you back to the outbreak of this epidemic in Seville in the 17th century, specifically, 1649, when the plague killed half of the city’s inhabitants (approximately 70,000 people). The tour stops at different very interesting spots which played an important role during this outbreak: Triana neighborhood, El Arenal, La Mancebía (house of ill repute), the Town Hall, Las Gradas and El Salvador.

Triana Legendaria

This is another of the group’s most popular routes, dedicated to the legendary Triana neighborhood. It was actually the first tour created by Ispavilia when the group was founded in 2013. The route highlights the importance of this neighbourhood with 14 stops. Thousands of people have already taken part.