Jaen is all a beautiful olive field
The red land of Jaen, origin of the finest olives, offers a beautiful lanscape at sunset. My dumb camera could not record the marvelous colours that Jaen gave me as present when I drive south from Madrid in my quest for "La Alhambra". Some day I will be back and perhaps the skies of Andalucia will be leninent and would give me a second chance to see ans experience that peaceful view.
An extraordinary a beautiful poem by Migue Hernandez written in the middle of the Spanish Civil War opens my homage to Jaen. Wish I could translate it in all its strength and splendor.
Royal Convent St. Dominic - Convento Real
Founded between the 16th and 17th centuries as a Royal Monastery, it soon became headquarters of the University of Santa Catalina Martyr and then it served as hospital. It is currently headquarters of the Provincial Public Historical Record Office.
El Convento Real de Santo Domingo fue fundado entre los siglos XVI y XVII como Monasterio Real se convirti? pronto en la sede de la Universidad de Santa Catalina Martir y despu?s se utiliz? como hospital. Actualmente es la sede del Archivo Hist?rico Provincial.
Romería a Sierra Morena, Andújar
"La Virgen de la Cabeza"
The "Virgen de la Cabeza" has a hermit on the Sierra Morena in Andújar, where there is celebrated a pilgrimage every year.
Thousands and thousands of people go - especially people living in one of the many locations that has the virgin as there city or village's saint.
For me it was amazing - well a lot of things was amazing - but one was to see the huge number of tents that grew up as a city in a few hours and only for a few days.
Also the way that all the parents lifted up their children to the helpers (durring the procession) - so that the children could thouch or kiss the saint - was quite a sight. Some of the children started crying out histerically, others just did what their parents told them to do quitely.
I could help thinking what would happen if the helper couldn't lift the child - I persume that no child fell down nor anything like that - all though that was my biggest fear!!
The women wore the beautiful tradicional dresses durring the procession.
La virgen de la Cabeza is known for being black, which is quite unusual. I never got to know whether it is because the statue has not been cleaned for a long time, or if is is really black... Maybe some of you guyes could tell me?