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A walk back in time in Seville

A walk back in time in Seville

A QR code takes walkers back to 1391 showing the outline of the long-gone Jewish quarter

There is a new attraction in Seville’s Casco Antiguo (Old Town) district but in order to see it you will have to use your smartphone. The recent redevelopment of Mateos Gago Street involved the placement of the information plates featuring a QR code on the ground. These signposts are meant to help the viewer visualize where the wall of the old Jewish quarter was laid out more than 600 years ago.

Technology can join forces with archaeology to give us a glimpse of the past

The redevelopment of Mateos Gago Street has thus incorporated the traces of the past, delimiting the layout and width of what was once a wall that was part of the existing canvas on Fabiola Street and which enclosed some fifteen hectares of an area. Its disappearance is dated to the year 1391. In 1991 an excavation was carried out there and the historic profile of the wall was used in the redevelopment works undertaken in 2020 by the City Council.

At Mateos Gago Street we have carried out a redevelopment that is respectful of the history and heritage of the city and that is part of the objective for achieving a more accessible, healthy and livable city. We are also incorporating for the first time this model of historical information on the road in a way that is available to anyone," explained the delegate of Urban Habitat, Tourism and Culture, Antonio Muñoz, who has made a tour of the area.

Scanning of the QR codes on the information plates will grant the visitor access to a brief historical description of the wall and the Santa Cruz neighbourhood prepared by the specialist Alfonso Jiménez. It was also explained by officials that the street had been reorganized in such a manner so as to limit road usage only to authorized vehicles and provide more space for pedestrians as a result.

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