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    Iglesia Santa María Magdalena

    by lina112 Written Apr 19, 2010

    The construction of this late gothic (isabelline) building initiated at the begining of the 16th century. The church has a square floor plan, with four naves beneath a cross baulted ceiling. The mid-16th century tower, with its octogonal top, was originally a Arab minaret. The temple contains many items of artistic interest, including a calvary scene by Jacobo Florentino; the cristo de la clemencia, a 16th century work by Salvador de Cuellar.

    Su construcción se inició a comienzos del siglo XVI, dentro del estilo gótico isabelino. Es una planta cuadrada y tiene 4 naves cubiertas por bovedas de crucerias. La torre con remate octogonal de mediados del siglo XVI, fue originalmente un alminar. Conserva numerosas piezas de interés artistico, entre ellas un calvario de Jacobo Florentino;el cristo de la clemencia de finales del siglo XVI obra de SAlvador Cuellar.

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    Castillo de Santa Catalina

    by lina112 Written Apr 18, 2010
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    Santa Catalina castle stands on a high cliff 820 meters high overlooking, and which follows, the city of Jaén. This fortress was originally an Arab fortress built during the reign of King Alhamar. After the final conquest of San Fernando, in 1246, the citadel was built on a Moorish fortress with a Christian church dedicated to Santa Catalina, from which comes the name of the fortress. On the site it occupies have been happening over the centuries three strengths: the Old Castle, the New Fortress and the Abrehuy (the latter two separated by a plaza that is now the Parador). The reforms of the fifteenth century, driven by the Constable Iranzo, joined them in practice.

    El castillo de Santa Catalina se alza sobre una alta peña de 820 metros de altura que domina, y a la que se ciñe, la ciudad de Jaén. Esta fortaleza fue en sus orígenes un alcázar árabe construido durante el reinado del rey Alhamar. Después de la reconquista definitiva por San Fernando, en el año 1246, se levantó sobre la alcazaba mora una fortaleza cristiana con una iglesia consagrada a Santa Catalina, de la cual proviene el nombre de la fortaleza. En el emplazamiento que ocupa se han ido sucediendo a lo largo de los siglos tres fortalezas: el Castillo Viejo, el Alcázar Nuevo y el de Abrehuy (estos dos últimos separados por una explanada que hoy ocupa el Parador). Las reformas del siglo XV, impulsadas por el Condestable Iranzo, los unieron en la práctica.

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    Villardompardo Palace

    by lina112 Updated Apr 18, 2010
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    Villardompardo Palace was built in the sixteenth century by Fernando Torres y Portugal, first count of Villardompardo and Viceroy of Peru, has a Renaissance style. In the late eighteenth century, the building was acquired by the Board of the Royal Orphanage, installed in the same Women's Hospice. Hospice is expanded in the years 1901 and 1903, demolishing houses and built a chapel, which opened this past year with the title of The Visitation. In 1970, following the transfer of the orphanage, beginning the restoration of the Arab Baths located in the basement of the Palace and the rehabilitation of the building. All these works were awarded in 1984 with the Medal of Honor of the Association Europa Nostra.

    El Palacio de Villardompardo fue construido en el siglo XVI por Fernando Torres y Portugal, I Conde de Villardompardo y Virrey del Perú, presenta un estilo renacentista. A finales del siglo XVIII, el edificio fue adquirido por la Junta del Real Hospicio, instalando en el mismo el Hospicio de Mujeres. El Hospicio es ampliado en los años 1901 y 1903, demoliendo algunas casas y construyéndose una capilla, inaugurada ese último año con la advocación de La Visitación. En 1970, tras el traslado del Hospicio, comienzan las obras de restauración de los Baños Árabes situados en los sótanos del Palacio así como la rehabilitación de todo el edificio. Todas estas obras fueron galardonadas en 1984 con la Medalla de Honor de la Asociación Europa Nostra.

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    Arab Baths

    by lina112 Written Apr 18, 2010

    They are located in the basement of the Palacio de Villardompardo. They have an area of 450 square meters, making them probably the largest in Spain. They were built in the eleventh century, in 1002, building on the remains of a Roman bath house or porch. Possible reforms in the twelfth century, owing to the presence of traces of decoration Almohad preserved in some of its rooms. After the conquest of the city by Ferdinand III El Santo in 1246, was still employed during the early years of Christian rule. Between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries away their role as Christians bath set in a tanning room, whose remains are still in the warm and hot rooms. And eventually filled with rubble to serve as the basis of the current Palace.

    Están ubicados en los sótanos del Palacio de Villardompardo. Cuentan con una extensión de 450 metros cuadrados, lo que los convierte probablemente en los más grandes de España. Fueron construidos en el siglo XI, en 1002, aprovechando los restos de una casa o baño romano con pórtico. Posiblemente reformados en el siglo XII, debido a la presencia de restos de decoración almohade que se conservan en algunas de sus salas. Tras la conquista de la ciudad en 1246 por Fernando III, El Santo, se siguieron utilizando durante los primeros años de dominio cristiano. Entre los siglos XIV y XV desaparece su función como baño al establecer los cristianos en sus salas unas tenerías, cuyos restos permanecen aún en las Salas Templada y Caliente. Y acabaron llenos de escombros para servir de cimiento al actual Palacio.

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    Lagarto de Jaen

    by lina112 Written Apr 18, 2010
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    The Magena lizard legend (or Lagarto de la Magdalena o lagarto de Jaen) is the most famous of Jaén capital. The influence of this legend is such that the lizard has grown into one of the symbols of the city, being present in the architecture (in the neighborhood of the Madeleine is a statue of the alligator in the fountain next to the supposed who lived) in their riding, in his concerts (the famous Lizard Rock festival) in its popular and there are those who say that even in the way of the city, like a lizard, because of how screwed around Cerro de Santa Catalina.

    La Leyenda del Lagarto de la Malena (o Lagarto de la Magdalena, o simplemente Lagarto de Jaén) es la más famosa de la capital jiennense. La influencia de esta leyenda es tal, que el lagarto ha llegado a convertirse en uno de los símbolos de la ciudad, estando presente en su arquitectura (en el barrio de la Magdalena hay una estatua del lagarto en la fuente junto a la que se supone que habitaba), en sus cabalgatas, en sus conciertos (el famoso festival Lagarto Rock), en sus dichos populares y hay quien dice que hasta en la forma de la ciudad, semejante a la de un lagarto, debido a la forma enroscada en torno al cerro de Santa Catalina.

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    The Cathedral

    by lina112 Updated Apr 18, 2010
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    The Cathedral is located in Santa María Square, opposite the Town Hall and the Episcopal Palace. The construction of the cathedral began in 1249 on the ruins of an ancient mosque. It was damaged and rebuilt on numerous occasions during the following two centuries until the sixteenth century, when several architects, Andrés de Vandelvira being the most important one, built the biggest part of the Cathedral. It was consecrated in 1724.

    Catedral de estilo principalmente renacentista, concebida en el siglo XVI, se ubica en la Plaza de Santa María, frente al Ayuntamiento de Jaén y el Obispado. En su interior se custodia, entre otras obras de arte y objetos religiosos, la reliquia del Santo Rostro o «La Verónica», alojada en la capilla mayor, y que se expone ante el público todos los viernes. La Catedral de Jaén aspira en la actualidad a convertirse en Patrimonio de la Humanidad.

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    Palacio de Villardompardo

    by Aitana Updated Jan 6, 2010

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    This palace was built at the end of the 16th century by the viceroy of Peru, don Fernando de Torres. In 1931 it was declared historical-artistic monument.
    Today it houses two museums: Popular Arts and Customs and Naïf Art.
    The Arab Baths of Jaen are under the basement of the palace and can also be visited. These baths, built under the rule of Abd-al-Raman II, are the largest in Europe.

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    Catedral de la Asunción

    by Aitana Written Jan 6, 2010

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    The Cathedral was built in the 16th century in Renaissance style.
    The main façade dates back to the 17th century. There are statues of saints: Fathers of the Church, Saints Peter and Paul, the Evangelists… From the balconies the Holy Face is annually exhibited. The façade is framed by two towers that were finished in the 18th century.
    Inside, several styles can be seen: Renaissance, Baroque, Churrigueresque and Neoclassic. Have a look around and see the altarpiece, the Main Chapel with the Shrine of the Holy Face, the choir, the organ, the lateral chapels… The cathedral is awesome.
    The cathedral aspires to be listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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  • museo provincial

    by fegavaga Written Oct 14, 2007

    If you have visited the Museo Arqueológico in Madrid , you perhaps remember the two "Dama de Elche" and "Dama de Baza". Two Iberian sculptures of a remarkably high standard. Here in this museum you can find soldiers, hunters and beasts made by that misterious culture.

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    Cathedral at Jaen

    by elucas Updated Dec 3, 2006

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    As you can see the Cathedral on Plaza Santa Maria totally dominates the old part of the city. The cathedral was begun in 1548 by the famous architect Andres de Vandelvira, whose work can be seen in Ubeda and Baeza.

    The baroque facade is from a later date, it was begun in 1667 and is the work of Eufrasio Lopez de Rojas and the statuary is by Pedro Roldan. The picture which shows the facade only was taken from the car - not by Andrew I hasten to add, he was driving.

    We did not have time to go into the cathedral, but it is apparently very magnificent, so one day we hope to return and explore this and the rest of the town.

    Cathedral opening times - winter 8.30-1.00 and 4.00-9.00. Summer 8.30-1.00 and 5.00-8.00pm

    Tourist office - C/Maestra 13 - a small street near the cathedral.

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    Symbol of Christianity

    by elucas Updated Dec 1, 2006

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    The Cross over Jaen

    This monumental cross towers over the city of Jaen, which lies beneath you in the valley.

    The legend is that King Ferdinand of Castille himself drove this cross into the ground on this spot to symbolize the Christian conquest of Jaen in 1246.

    It may well have been several of his minions that actually did the work, but it is still a dramatic gesture. Another mighty Moorish castle had finally fallen to the Christians and the relentless advance of the Re-Conquista continued southwards.

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    Views over Jaen from the castle

    by elucas Written Dec 1, 2006

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    The whole city of Jaen is "spread beneath your feet" - or so it seems. If you look closely at these pictures you can see more detail. The great cathedral towers above the rooftops, in the foreground lies the old Moorish city, while running into the distance are the ever expanding streets leading out to modern developments on the fringes.

    Andrew and I noticed this in almost every place we visited. New developments on the fringes of ancient towns such as Jerez de la Frontera, Arcos de la Frontera, Jaen, Ubeda, huge new developments on the Costa del Golf south of Jerez and Chiclana and very often a new road winding its way through the rocky sierras. Every time we visit Spain we need to buy a new roadmap !

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    Castle of Santa Catalina

    by elucas Updated Nov 26, 2006

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    Turbulent times bring prosperity . . . . .

    There was a settlement here during the Roman occupation of Spain, but it was much later, during the rule of the Caliphate of Cordoba that a fortress was built on this site. This Moorish stronghold was finally conquered by the Christian King Ferdinand III of Castille in 1246.

    Jaen became an important border town against the Moorish Kingdom of Granada and the castle we see today, with its imposing keep and turrets was built at this time. These were turbulent and dangerous times, but the strategic importance of the city meant that the Castilian kings granted privileges to Jean which brought prosperity.

    After the fall of Granada in 1492 and the Christian “Re-Conquista” was complete, Jaen’s strategic importance and prosperity gradually faded and did not start to revive until modern times.

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    The Castle of Catalina today

    by elucas Updated Nov 26, 2006

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    A lot of care has been taken to make the Castle of Santa Catalina attractive to modern visitors.

    An entertaining 3D audio visual presentation with all round sound has been organised in the Tower of Homage. The story of Jaen is told from the legend of a terrifying monster lizard which terrorized the population, through Roman settlements, the building of Moorish and Christian castles and finally the occupation of the French in the Peninsula wars against Napolean. (1810-1812). There were some school parties there and they seemed to enjoy it. The presentation was in Spanish as you would expect, but it was easy enough to get the drift.

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    The Castle of Catalina now

    by elucas Updated Nov 26, 2006

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    The Watchtower or Torre de la Vela houses a screen which gives a virtual study of the layout of the castle during the time of the French occupation.

    In the Albarrana Tower there were several interactive displays where you could select information about local legends, festivals, restaurants etc.

    So, lots of IT in a very ancient site, but it was well done, and did not detract from the ancient castle itself.

    The original Moorish castle has been replaced by a Parador, the structure of which is designed to resemble the original fortress - but now with a luxury hotel inside.

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