Palacio de Valdehermoso
Valdehermoso palace is very close to Peñaflor palace. The important plateresque portal corresponds to the sixteenth-century Cordoban Renaissance. It stands in the corner of the spacious façade, above which sit robust viewing balconies supported by granite column shafts from the Roman era. Its façade is extraordinary and visitors are recommended to take a moment to admire it. The palace is a private property and is not open to the public.
C/ Emilio Castelar, 37,Écija
Barrio del Cerro
Es el barrio más pintoresco de Cabra y junto al Barrio de la Villa se caracterizan por conservar todo el sabor y color que Don Juan describió en sus obras, especialmente en “Pepita Jiménez”. Nos encontramos ante un barrio de blancas casas encaladas y bellos balcones adornados con las más típicas flores, las cuales durante el mes de mayo, en la celebración de las fiestas de la Cruz, ofrecen a todo el que lo visita los más bellos colores y dulces aromas de esta tierra, invitando a pasear por él y conocer la acogedora iglesia de San Juan Bautista.
Iglesia y Convento de la Encarnación (church and convent)
Built on the site of the ancient hospital “Del Dulce Nombre de Jesús.” Its construction started in 1630, which lends to its current appearance.
C/ Carrera de las Mercedes alcalá la real
Dulce Nombre Chapel
The construction of this chapel was concluded in 1589, thanks to Juan Alvarez Esquire, who donated an orchard to the Dulce Nombre de Jesús brotherhood. The church has a single nave, covered by barrel vault with lunettes that come from a Tuscan cornice, which could be considered to be a vault impost, and not supported by piles or columns. There is a presbytery at the end of the nave, covered by a wooden coffered ceiling, which resembles mosaics given the painting technique employed. There is a small altarpiece on the main altar.
C/ La Huerta,puente-genil
Ayuntamiento (Town hall)
A beautiful 18th century baroque building. Its most interesting feature is the moondial on its tower, constructed by Fernando de Tapia.
Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 1,Alcalá la Real
Fuente de la Salud fountain
The fountain has been Declared a National Monument. It was built by Francisco del Castillo in the 16th century and consists of a series of bas-reliefs with a mythological theme.
C/ Río,Priego de Córdoba
The Watchtower Trail
The watchtower trail is a hiking trail that allows us find out more about the military architecture that surrounds Alcalá la Real. We access the two best preserved watchtowers from the town centre: Moraleja tower and Cascante tower, both located to the south of the town and declared as being a site of cultural interest. The trail passes nine watchtowers with their panels that provide directions, recommendations and descriptions with information about the border defence system surrounding the walled town of Alcalá la Real, a map of the watchtowers and information about how they were used. HISTORICAL POINTS Military strategy during the Middle Ages gave great importance to the watchtowers. They served as vantage points that informed of the enemies’ movements and their possible attacks. There is a wide network of Christian and Moorish watchtowers around Alcalá la Real, which was the key feature of the border system during the low Middle Ages, serving as a means of communication between castles and towns, such as Alcaudete, Moclín and even the Alhambra. The area’s watchtowers can be differentiated by their size, height and the constructive material. Traditionally, there was a difference between Christian and Moorish watchtowers, but at source, all were built during the height of […]
Alcalá la Real
Iglesia de la Asunción y Angeles
This church is located in the centre of the Plaza de la Villa Vieja. It is of medieval origin and was built by the brothers of Calatrava over an ancient mosque. It was dedicated to Santa María de los Ángeles in 1241, when the town was conquered by Ferdinand III. The interior has five naves organised by two rows of semi-circular arches atop 44 red marble columns, covered by a vaulted ceiling. The main altarpiece, the work of Melchor de Aguirre, consists of red and black marble, and followed the project design by the revered architect, José Granados de la Barrera, from Cabra. The central niche houses the image of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, a Granadan piece, created in 1693. The carved wooden choir and the organ found within it are also impressive.
Plaza de los Condes de Cabra, 4,Cabra
Plaza de España. El Salón
The Plaza de España is locally known as “EL SALÓN”, which means “living room. This square is located in Écija’s historic centre. It is renowned for the beautiful buildings that surround it, such as the neoclassical Town Hall, Peñaflor and Benamejí viewpoint balconies and the magnificent Franciscan church’s portal. This collection of buildings, alongside the country houses and winding streets that surround the square make it an exceptionally beautiful townscape.
Plaza de España,Écija
Plaza de España
This square is where the town’s most important roads meet and new and old come together. The square features a bronze statue that pays homage to Joaquín del Pino Rozas, who was born in Baena in 1729. He marched towards the Americas, where he developed an extensive political and military career, and became governor, general captain and viceroy of Río de Plata. He is therefore considered to be one of the greatest men in the history of the Americas.
Plaza de España,Baena