Located in the north of the city, near the famous neighborhood of Macarena, is a large and lively boulevard that was built on an old arm of the Guadalquivir River that formerly reached the Cathedral.
The name of Hercules comes from two pairs of columns of Roman origin that open and close the walk and that were crowned later with statues of Hercules (mythical founder of the city) and Julio Cesar (restorer of Híspalis, name of Seville in the Roman age). The columns come from a Roman building located on Calle Mármoles (of which there are still three other columns on the aforementioned street). The Casa de las Sirenas, a twentieth-century mansion, is a relevant building on the boulevard, today a municipal building used as a civic and cultural center. In the vicinity of the Alameda, on the street dedicated to the Count of Barajas, there is also the house where the romantic writer Gustavo Adolfo Becquer was born.