Santo Domingo Church Ruins
Alfonso XI ordered its construction after conquering the town in 1341, under the advocation of Santo Domingo de Silos, co-patron saint of Alcalá la Real. Located in the old outskirts of the medieval fortress, it was built on the site of the ancient mosque, reusing the minaret as the church’s tower.
Alcalá la Real
Plaza de Toros (bullring)
It was opened on 13 May 1904 and was built using ashlar from Osuna’s quarries. It is open to the public when there is a bullfight. It was opened on 13 May 1904 to hold bullfighting events, which were previously held in the town’s squares. Its architecture follows the design that was typical for that time: an arena, barrier and a space between the inner and outer barriers. It is supported by two concentric walls made of sandstone from the quarries and separated into eight sections, each with their own entrance. Halfway around the ring, in front of the bullpen, there is a vaulted and earthy tunnel reminiscent of the oval entrails of Italica’s amphitheatre. The arena, a circle of almost forty-eight metres in diameter, is one of the widest in Spain. The stands can seat 6500 people.
plaza de toros, Osuna
Portada del Convento del Rosario (convent portal)
This ancient convent is found mid-way along Calle Real, which according to historic information, was of grand stature, although only one of the façades is preserved. It was built at the end of 16th century and rebuilt in the mid-17th
C/ Rosario,Alcalá la Real
Las Escolapias conventual church
The church is housed inside the convent-school. It was built on the ancient castle’s remains, dating back to 1649. Found in the upper part of Barrio de la Villa quarter, and on what was once a castle-palace of the Dukes of Sessa and counts of Cabra. The church has a sober architectural design. Its main altarpiece attracts our attention as it features a collection of eight images; the central piece is by Juan de Valdés Leal.
Plaza de los Condes de Cabra, s/n,Cabra
Casa de los Mora
El edifico anexo a la Iglesia de San Pedro Mártir de Verona fue el antiguo convento dominico fundado en 1575 por el obispo de Córdoba y en 1836 por el decreto de exclaustración pasó a formar parte de los Bienes Nacionales. En 1844 se subastó y pasó a la propiedad de Juan de Navas García. El edificio antes de pasar a la titularidad municipal fue fábrica de anises, molino de aceite y bodega. Conserva un espléndido patio manierista porticado con arcos de medio punto y columnas sobre basamento de pedestal. En su centro conserva una fuente rodeada de jardín y palmeras. Actualmente el edificio se ha rehabilitado y se convertirá en un centro público polivalente y de servicio ciudadano. El proyecto ha recuperado el patio central porticado y un segundo patio trasero como espacios verdes abiertos para el disfrute de todos los ciudadanos. El resto del edificio se diseña de manera versátil para diversos usos funcionales tales como exposiciones, docencia, usos sociales, reuniones, etc., con un total de 11 salas repartidas en las tres plantas.
C/ San Pedro, 50, Lucena
San Pedro conventual church
16th century building. The Discalced Carmelites currently occupy it. The San Pedro church was founded by Pedro Téllez Girón as a burial place for his servants, so legend has it. When the 4th Count of Ureña had died, the Discalced Carmelites came and still occupy the church. Cakes can be bought from the nuns through the rotating wheel on calle Cristo.
18th century construction. Town’s granary, court, recruitment centre, former hospital and current retirement home and tourist information centre. Only the patio is open to the public. This space has had a long and eventful life. At the start of the 16th century, it was a brothel and tavern. In 1608, the brothel moved to the outskirts of the town and it became a theatrical courtyard. When theatrical performances were prohibited in 1731, the local government acquired the property to build the Pósito granary. After being a granary, courts, military recruitment centre and a hospital, a retirement home is currently housed there. However, its initial purpose was to be a granary. As the façade’s console states, the building was concluded in 1779.
Santa Florentina Convent
Dominican nuns founded Santa Florentina convent in the second half of the sixteenth century, and dedicated it to Saint Florentina. The convent was later rebuilt in 1714. It currently consists of constructions from several eras, but seventeenth- and eighteenth-century structures predominate. It is therefore considered to be the oldest Dominican convent in Écija and one of the first to have existed in Andalusia. A pointed arch portal and alfiz, which leads to the torno revolving window, are preserved from the first building. The cloister or main courtyard consist of two tiers of semi-circular arches atop columns, dating back to the seventeenth century. Most of the convent’s rooms are eighteenth century, including the sacristy (1708), the refectory, the church (1714), the main portal (1759) and the bell tower. The main portal is stone and Baroque in style. It is framed by pairs of columns with mascarons and a broken pediment, which houses a niche with a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary, displaying the date 1759 on the console. The church comprises one single nave, which houses an exceptional Baroque main altarpiece. The Dominican nuns who live in the convent bake sweets and pastries, which can be bought through the torno […]
C/ Santa Florentina, 12,Écija
Círculo de la Amistad
Antiguo convento-hospital de la Orden de San Juan de Dios, anexo a la capilla barroca que aun hoy sigue siendo templo de culto, se nos presenta el “Casino” o Círculo de la Amistad lugar donde destacados personajes de la obra valeriana vivieron largas tertulias y acalorados debates sobre los más variados temas del momento. En su obra “Pepita Jiménez” encontramos una magnífica descripción del lugar: “El centro de la concurrencia era el patio, enlosado de mármol, con fuente y surtidor en medio y muchas macetas…”. En él encontramos un azulejo que recuerda al escritor, durante un tranquilo recorrido por las diferentes dependencias podemos observar algunos cuadros de su familia y podremos visitar un pequeño museo sobre el costumbrismo de la época que Valera recoge en sus obras.
C/ Cervantes, 1,Cabra
Paseo de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
A beautiful, open square in front of the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church. Thanks to recent renovation works, it has become a balcony that opens out onto the Sierras Subbéticas mountains, offering a spectacular view of the region’s landscape. On one side of the square is a monument dedicated to the town’s olive harvesters. The bronze sculptures represent men and women harvesting the crop in the countryside, and are juxtaposed with real olive trees. The composition is a beautiful contrast in the heart of the town centre.
C/ Virrey Don Joaquín del Pino,Baena