The Barrio Santa Cruz (former Jewish neighbourhood), and more precisely Plaza de los venerables is believed to have been the birthplace of Don Juan Tenorio. He is the fictional ladies man whose story has been told many times by many authors. The first book he appeared in was called El burlador de Sevilla (the trickser of Seville), 1620.
As you probably know already, Don Juan is a womenizer who enjoys seducing women (mainly virgins) and fighting their men. One day, in a graveyard, Don Juan encounters a statue of Don Gonzalo, the dead father of a girl he had seduced, Doña Ana de Ulloa. He invites the father to dine with him and the statue gladly accepts. The father’s ghost arrives for dinner at Don Juan’s house and in turn invites Don Juan to dine with him in the graveyard. Don Juan accepts and goes to the father’s grave, where the statue asks to shake Don Juan’s hand. When he extended his arm, the statue grabs hold and drags him away to hell.
Now, in Plaza de los Refinadores, you can admire a graceful sculpture of Don Juan.0
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