Enrique de la Cuadra Theatre
Enrique de la Cuadra built the theatre in 1887, hence its current name. Utrera’s town council acquired the property in June 1985 and it became part of the Public Theatre rehabilitation programme ran by the Andalusian government’s Public and Cultural Works department. The architect Juan Ruesga Navarro was commissioned to undertake the renovation. Works were completed in 1993 and the theatre opened its doors to the public with one of the widest stages in Andalusia. It has an Italian horseshoe-shaped auditorium and a well-proportioned stage, which along with its other facilities, results in a lively space that promotes artistic and cultural activities in the town.
C/ Sevilla, s/n. Utrera,Utrera
Las Hermanas de la Cruz Convent (Capuchin Convent)
The Sisters of the Holy Cross congregation has served in the convent since 1924. The convent consists of one single nave, a crossing and side chapels. Its construction dates back to the mid-seventeenth century, but it was completely rebuilt during the eighteenth century. The simple portal, which opens at the west end of the nave, belongs to the same period. Paintings that depict the Assumption, Saint Bonaventure, the Immaculate Conception, Saint Michael, Saint Benedict and the Jubilee of the Porziuncola are displayed on the main altarpiece. The title sculpture and the tabernacle are believed to date back to 1786.
C/Sor Ángela de la Cruz, 20,Écija
Lucena’s Jewish necropolis is one of the most important in Spain. Three hundred and seventy-four tombs were uncovered, which had adapted to the land’s topography. The burial ritual used was that of inhumation in a single or double pit, sometimes with a niche or side cavern covered with flat stones or Roman tiles.The remains indicate a late medieval period between the years 1000 and 1050, which coincide with Jewish Lucena’s time of zenith. This 11th century cemetery was discovered when building the Ronda Sur stretch of road in the town, between the Calvario and the road that goes to the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Araceli.One hundred and sixteen tombs were preserved to an optimal condition, thanks to the recovery works carried out on the necropolis.Even a gravestone with Hebrew characters was unearthed, thought to be from between the 8th and 9th centuries, given the type of lettering, as analysed Jordi Casonotas, Doctor in Semitic Philology.
ctra. santuario virgen de araceli, lucena
This ancient convent was built in the mid-17th century and can be found to the south of the Parque de los Álamos. After 1835, with the Ecclesiastical Confiscations of Mendizabal, it was converted into private housing and an olive oil factory. The Renaissance façade was modified with an artistic double flight of steps and wide windows. On the interior, only the basic church structure remains, which consists of a single nave with side chapels and a vestibule at the atrium. It is currently the home to the Archive and town library.
C/ Obispo Ceballos, 1,Alcalá la Real
Torreparedones Archaeological Park
The main historical inhabited enclave in Baena’s rural setting is the town known as Torreparedones. It was first Iberian and Roman, it then became a military enclave during the Medieval period and was rediscovered in recent excavations. It was inhabited for at least 3500 years, from the Copper Age until the Low Middles Ages. Torreparedones reached its height during Iberian and Roman times. It’s powerful wall, reinforced with towers, surrounding a 10.5-Ha space was already present from the 6th century BC. The site was known since the Early Modern Period given the remarkable remains that appeared. Many scholars mentioned it as an important site “during Roman times” or in reference to the controversial martyrs, Saints Nunil and Alodia. The chance finding of “Pompey’s Mausoleum” in 1833 was a milestone in the site’s history, as it gained the attention of many Spanish and foreign researchers. It was a monumental tomb that contained incinerated remains of more than 12 family members, with their names engraved on stone urns. Torreparedones reached its height during the Iberian and Roman era when it achieved colony or town status. The most outstanding findings correspond to this era. One of the most important settlements to date is […]
Ctra. A- 325, km 18, Torreparedones, baena
El Cerro neighbourhood, Cabra
This is Cabra’s most picturesque neighbourhood, and alongside La Villa neighbourhood, they are known for preserving the authentic Andalusian essence that Juan Valera described in his works, especially Pepita Jiménez. This neighbourhood is full of pretty, whitewashed houses with balconies overflowing with flowers. In May, during the May Cross festivities, the neighbourhood is brimming with colour and the sweetest scents, inviting all who pass through to explore the welcoming San Juan Bautista church
San Juan de Dios hospital and church
This hospital and its church were founded in the 17th century by Juan de Herrera, and dedicated to San Onofre. It was initially renovated by Francisco Hurtado Izquierdo, although the artists Jerónimo Sánchez de Rueda, Juan de Dios Santaella and Francisco Javier Pedrajas later left their mark.
san juan de dios, Priego de Córdoba
Iglesia de San Juan de Dios (church)
Although it was founded in the 16th century its fundamental structure is from the 17th century. It was an annex of the convent ruled by the brothers of the Order until 1835. The portal, stone carved, sober, presents the image of San Juan de Dios. Inside we can observe a single nave with a groin vault and dome at the end, the developments of its abundant cornices being very significant. The beautiful altarpieces are also noteworthy.
C/ José de Silva, s/n,Cabra
16th century construction. Very reconstructed on its interior. The ducal town’s coat of arms appears on its façade. It was built over the arch of the Puerta de Teba, towards 1533. The white of its whitewashed walls is interrupted by two rows of balconies. The first is a series of arches supported by double-paired columns lined with woodwork; The second were once vantage points that looked out onto the Plaza: two long and wide verandas, which house the pink estipites with sculpted heads that support the orders of the double empty spaces that extend until the wall; Then a little lower down and creating the corner of the block, with an inclined buttress, is another house. This house has galleries with wrought iron railings instead of balconies. They are examples of 17th century domestic architecture. The balconies made the buildings’ façades lighter, giving rise to interesting shadows and allowing owners to go up and show off the views: to look at and be looked up at by the town from the Plaza. There is a version of Osuna’s coat of arms on the town hall’s colonnade.
Alcázar del Rey Don Pedro
Seemingly fortified in Roman times, this enclosure acquired its shape from the Moors and definitively with Pedro I, who restored it during the 12th century, transforming it into one of his favourite residences. It consists of two spaces, one inside the others, with its corresponding walls and barbicans; the facade, looks out onto the town and is surrounded by a moat. It features the entrance: an Islamic horseshoe arch leading to a small military enclosure, which is where we find the Parador, view point. It was originally defended by three towers, of which there are only remains of two. The Catholic Monarchs built “el cubete”, an artillery fortress with gun ports, and added general embellishments to the palace. The earthquake of 1755 greatly affected the palace and its condition progressively worsened. The Parador is newly built, although it keeps in with the style that a palace within these walls would have had. From the terrace, we can enjoy the wonderful view of Carmona’s plains.
C/ Alcázar, s/n,Carmona