In this environment, the oldest records of human activity in Seville have been found, dateable towards 9th century B.C. This is a space therefore inhabited by humans practically since the beginning of time, the recent archaeological excavations led by Miguel Ángel Tabales have also located in this area the origin of the first Arab quarters.
In the time of the Austrias, the space was transformed into Plaza de Armas and later in square or patio of access to the new stop of the Alcázar designed by Vermondo Resta. With today's shape of a neighbouring courtyard, adorned with characteristic bitter orange trees, this square is today the connecting point of the Alcázar with the urban framework of the city, visually linked with the Giralda and the cathedral and which serves as a hinge space between it and the singular neighbourhood of Santa Cruz, which is accessed through the alley of the Jewish quarter. There, a plaque recalls the love of the poet Luis Cernuda for these gardens:
Go back to the enclosed garden,
That after the arches of the wall,
Among magnolias, lemon,
Save the charm of the waters.
Hear again the silence
Live trills and leaves,
Warm air whisper
Where old souls float.
See again the deep sky
In the distance, the slender tower
Such flower light on the palms:
All things always beautiful.
Feel again, as then,
The sharp thorn of desire,
While the youthalready passed
Come back. Dream of a god out of time.