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    GETTING TO THE CASTILLO

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 5, 2012

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    Stairs to the Castle
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    Favorite thing: The Tour Bus let us out at the Plaza Coso Viejo where the Palacio de Najera is. When you walk to the rear of the Plaza, you turn left one block and then right and you will see the stairs that take you up to the Castle. It's quite a climb, but so worth it.
    I just took my time and made my way up.

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    ANCESTRAL HOMES

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 5, 2012

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    Beautiful Baroque Home
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    Favorite thing: The nobility settled during the Renaissance and the Baroque periods, in Antequera. They built magnificent ANCESTRAL HOMES of which lasting testimonies remain. One of the most notable is the Palace of Najera (Pic # 5) which is now the Municipal Museum. Remarkable examples of Baroque are the house of the Marquis of La Pena, that of the Baron of Sabasona ( one of the most original examples of a "framed facade" characteristic of the city ).
    The accompanying picture is of an especially beautiful Baroque home, complimented by the green foliage of an Orange Tree.

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    ARCO DE LOS GIGANTES - ANO DE 1585

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 4, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Built in 1585 by Felipe II, the ARCO DE LOS GIGANTES or "Arch of the Giants" leads to the medieval Alcazaba and Church of Real Colegiata de Santa Maria La Mayor.
    Spectacular views of the city can be seen from this area of Antequera, which was by the way quite a climb. But we were well rewarded with wonderful views, especially of "La Pena de los Enamorados" or "Lovers' Leap".

    Update: February 24, 2012
    Hans and I again visited Antequera, this time with a group from our Hotel Bajondillo. We climbed up to the Alcazaba.

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    IGLESIA DE SAN SEBASTIAN

    by LoriPori Written Mar 4, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Friday, February 24, 2012
    Located on Plaza San Sebastian. Built in 1548, IGLESIA DE SAN SEBASTIAN, also known as Parroquias San Sebastian-El Carmen, is the most important church in Antequera. The facade is in Renaissance style and has sculptures of San Pedro, San Pablo, San Sebastian and San Felipe.
    The Tower (circa 1701) is Baroque-Mudejar style and is topped by a weather vane with the figure of an angel, El Angelote.
    The interior is absolutely beautiful and has three naves and two Baroque organs.

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    TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 4, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Pictured here is the Antequera City Map. It's all done in tile and shows you where you are and what to see and do here. There is also a TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER on Plaza San Sebastian. Telephone #952 70 25 05. Web site www.antequera.es

    Update: February 24, 2012
    Visited the "Oficina de Turismo" near San Sebastian and picked up some nice brochures and a map of Antequera.

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    Located in a beautiful part of Spain

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 20, 2009

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    Located inland between Granada and Seville

    Favorite thing: This map provides an overview of our 'orange' driving route to and around Andalusia province of Spain, as we started out from Alicante in the top right corner. After driving down along the coast to just outside Malaga, we picked up Sue's sister at the airport before heading off the next day for two days in Granada as we began our 'serious' exploration of this part of the world.

    Once we had finished with Granada our next stop was in Seville, so we just happened to be passing by Antequera (located a bit south of the A92 super-highway) on a beautiful Sunday morning. We knew we would not likely be back again, so decided to make the time to have a look while we were in the area. There are actually three different highways off the A92 that will get you to Antequera in no time at all, and it is an area well worth visiting. Even with our enjoyable little detour, we were in our hostal in Seville 2 hours after we had finished our mountain picnic in El Torcal Nature Park.

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    STORK ON CHURCH TOWER

    by LoriPori Written Feb 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: After coming down from the 'Arch of the Giants' and the Castillo, we came upon a lovely square with benches, where we rested and had something to drink. All of a sudden Stace says "Look up there. It's a stork nest" Sure enough, high atop the church tower, there was a stork in a nest built especially for them. Cool or what! These are the best pictures I could get, but I'm sure Hansi and Stace with their zoom lenses probably got better ones.

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    TILED WORKS OF ART

    by LoriPori Written Feb 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I was just amazed and dazzled by the wonderful TILED WORKS OF ART scattered throughout the city. Each one, in my opinion is a masterpiece of color. I took a few pictures of the ones that really fascinated me.

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    PLAZA DE TOROS

    by LoriPori Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Located on Alameda Andalucia, right across the street from the City Gates ( Puerto de Estapa ) is the PLAZA DE TOROS or Bull - Ring. I tried many avenues to find out more about this place but was unsuccessful.

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    ROMAN THERMAE OF SANTA MARIA

    by LoriPori Written Feb 19, 2006

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    Roman Thermae of Santa Maria
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    Favorite thing: Through the Giant's Arch ( Arco de los Gigantes ) and to the left of the Real Colegiata de Santa Maria, there are various newly discovered remains dating back to Roman times. This area is known as the ROMAN THERMAE OF SANTA MARIA. Here were once a complex of thermae or Roman Baths. Archeological digs are finding more and more wonderful surprises.

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    CHURCHES OF ANTEQUERA

    by LoriPori Written Feb 19, 2006

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    Convento de la Trinidad
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    Favorite thing: Antequera is blessed with a number of Churches and Convents. I have never seen so many in such a small town. The most impressive of Antequera's religious architecture is the Church of Real Colegiata de Santa Maria La Mayor and the Church of San Sebastian, both from the Renaissance period. From the Baroque period the Churches of El Carmen, Los Remedios, Santiago, Madre de Dios, San Jose', Belen and San Juan de Dios also stand out.

    Fondest memory: The Convento De La Trinidad, Siglo XVII ( 17th Century ) was my favourite church/convent building.

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    La Peña de los Enamorados

    by LoriPori Written Feb 19, 2006

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    La Pe��a de los Enamorados
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    Favorite thing: Overlooking the valley and town of Antequera is an enormous slab of limestone resembling a human-like face of an Indian Warrior, lying down. Rising 880 metres, it is called LA PENA DE LOS ENAMORADOS or Lovers' Leap. Local Legend tells of a forbidden love affair between a beautiful Moorish girl and a young Christian man. They were driven to the top of the cliff by Moorish soldiers, but rather than renounce their love, they hurled themselves off the cliff. Thus the idea for
    Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. HeHe!

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    LOS DOLMENES DE ANTEQUERA

    by LoriPori Written Feb 19, 2006

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    Hans - Entrance to one of the Dolmens

    Favorite thing: The Dolmens in Antequera LOS DOLMENES DE ANTEQUERA are considered to be the finest example of this type of megalithic construction in Europe. They date back to the Copper Age and prove the existence of civilization in the area 4500 years ago. These burial grounds are noteworthy for their size, with stone slabs weighing up to 180 tons. The Menga Dolmen is thought to date back to the early stage of the Copper Age, around 2500 B.C.; the Viera Dolmen to approximately 2000 B.C. and the Romeral Dolmen to 1800 B.C.

    Fondest memory: Located just before you enter the town of Antequera, the Dolmens appear to be huge mounds of earth and you wouldn't even know there was anything there. Only because Stace knew it was there that we knew about it. But unfortunately, most of the grounds were closed as they were working on one of the Dolmens. A man working there explained that they had found a new vein in the tunnels, which was very exciting, but for now closed to the public.

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    COLEGIATA SANTA MARIA LA MAYOR

    by LoriPori Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    Real Colegiata de Santa Maria
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    Favorite thing: The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria la Mayor - COLEGIATA SANTA MARIA LA MAYOR is a prime example of Renaissance building in Andalucia and is outstanding for the quality of its construction and its desighn. It illustrates the co-existence between late Gothic and the new style which was then beginning in Italy and dates back to the years 1514 to 1550.

    Fondest memory: Stace, Hans and I marvelled at the beauty of this building, perched at the very top of a hill overlooking Antequera. It is unfortunate that we were not able to go inside as workers were doing a major renovation of the Church. One worker did let us take a peek though through the massive front door. It was completely gutted. That is something that will take a while to finish.

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    Tourist Information

    by Sergio_ATQ Written Aug 2, 2005

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    Map with Tourists Information Points

    Favorite thing: If you want to be well informed, reach the tourist information (oficina de informacion turistica) wich is in Plaza San Sebastian, just in front of the big fountain in the middle of square... there, you will find so many information (spanish, english and german speaking).. there, you can have a city map with monuments information... then, I recommend you to follow down the street and reach the Coso Viejo. In Coso Viejo, you will see left a little restaurant (El Angelote) and, just beside it you can visit "CIT de Antequera" (Center of tourist iniciatives) (Spanish and english speaking) there, you can have SO MANY information about places to stay (hotels, hostels,...), to eat (restaurants, bars, caffes...) and what to do...

    Fondest memory: Definitely, I recommend you to go both sites because you will start your visit with so many information.
    Check map i have uploaded:
    The "i" in a little blue square is the information office and the little blue square with "PA" inside it´s where is the CIT.

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