Medina Sidonia Things to Do

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    Iglesia Santa Maria Mayor la Coronada

    by Beach_dog Updated Jan 25, 2004

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    Iglesia Santa Maria Mayor la Coronada

    This large gothic and rennaissance church sits in the heart of the Moorish part of the town. I liked the tower and the front facade, the tower being very typical in its style of Andalucia. At the rear of the church are some excavations of grain silos from the time of the Moors.

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  • Convent of Jesus, Maria y Jose

    by GibJoe Written Feb 5, 2009

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    This convent was founded in 1867 from what was 12 houses. I found out a little history which relates to my hometown Gibraltar. There was a nun who was originally from Gibraltar who converted from Jewism to Christianity and lived in this convent. She was buried in the convent.

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  • Castle and Alcazar Ruins

    by GibJoe Written Feb 5, 2009

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    These ruins are just passed the Church of Santa Maria La Coronada. There is a bit of a steep hill climb to get to the ruins, but you have very good views of the town and of the Church. The ruins where also fenced off as there were some restoration works being carried out.

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  • Calle La Loba

    by GibJoe Written Feb 5, 2009

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    I took a few of pictures of this street and to be honest I didn’t think it was of that importance. I just found the white houses with the black gates interesting. When I did a bit of research I found that this street dates back to 1747, but in 1880 the name of the street was changed to Padre Felix. Padre Felix was the Bishop of Cadiz who used to stay at this street whilst on holidays. It was not until February 1990 that the name was changed back to La Loba. The houses are from the 19th century.

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    Town Gates - Belen Gate.

    by Beach_dog Updated Jan 14, 2004

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    Belen Gate

    The town has three gates through its ancient walls, the Belen gate (or Bethlehem gate) leads directly into its historical center. After you pass through dont forget to look back and up, inside the wall is an nitch containing the statues of the Virgin and Jesus. This gate was constructed in the 16th century and its style differs from the earlier Arab gateway.

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  • Church of Santa Maria La Coronada

    by GibJoe Written Feb 5, 2009

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    This church was built in the 16th century on the site of an old mosque. It is situated in the higher part of Medina Sidonia. When I visited there where some repair works to the exterior but unfortunately I did not have enough time to visit, and all the doors seemed to be closed. This church was named as a Historical Building in 1931

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    Town Gates - Puerto del Sol.

    by Beach_dog Updated Jan 14, 2004

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    Puerto del Sol

    The Puerto del Sol is probably the most recent gateway, it translates as the Sun Gate. In appearence its not so attractive, covered in a modern render. It is located at the bottom of the roadway down from the castle.

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    Town gates - Pastora or Salada Gate

    by Beach_dog Updated Feb 15, 2004

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    Pastora Gate

    The oldest and most beautiful of the towns three gates, this Arab gateway in typical Arab style was built in the 10th century. Near it are some of the original walls to the Muslim city. Pastora translates as the Shepherds gate.

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    Roman Watercourses and Sewers.

    by Beach_dog Updated Jan 14, 2004

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    Roman Sewers

    We entered the town museum, to my surprise it housed the excavations of the Roman sewers. The museum has utilised the buildings around the excavation. Entrance includes a guided tour of the sewers and a watercourse that were built in the 1st century. They are in fact big enough to walk through and run like rabbits tunnels well below the present town. They follow the lines of the original Roman streets.

    The Romans took over Medina Sidonia from the earlier Phoenicians, and built a fort and a town built up around it. The town was called Asido Caesarina.

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    Roman Street.

    by Beach_dog Updated Jan 14, 2004

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    Roman Street

    After the tour of the Museum, the guide took us on a small walk to a nearby street, we entered a building and made our way through a passage and down some steps. Another surprise, in the basement of the building was a complete Roman street. It had been discovered during the construction of an underground carpark, the car park was moved aside and the room containing the roadway preserved.

    I was very impressed, the street looked as though it was much more recent than the 2000 years it had existed, much of that time buried and forgotten under the later settlements. The surface was paved with slabs, pavements existed at either side, even the remains of an entrance into a Roman building. It still had a sewer running underneath in its center.

    The walls of the basement were decorated with plans and maps of the Roman town, along with some of the finds, found during the excavation and photgraphs. Who knows how much of this still exists below the streets of modern Medina.

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    Archeological museum

    by Carmela71 Updated Jan 25, 2004

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    Price is 3 Euros, when we heard that, we nearly go out lol and miss this incredible tour.

    We had a personal tour around the very well conserved drainage system from the roman times.

    it is only explained in Spanish, but Stace understood a lot about it (I am proud of you)

    then they show you the rest of pavement of the main roman street that is on another house.

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    Iglesia Santa Maria Mayor la Coronada

    by Carmela71 Updated Jan 25, 2004

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    Once you cross the Arco de Belen or Belen gate you can have a great view of this church.

    Next to the church is the tourist office and some souvenirs and ceramic shops

    A mix of gothic and renascent style

    the price to enter is 2 Euros

    Called also Iglesia Mayor

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    Plaza de España

    by Carmela71 Updated Jan 25, 2004

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    We can start our visit to Medina Sidonia from here.

    As all cities in Spain for many years the main square was the center of all activities, so around this one was the market a few churches and the town hall

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    Arco de la pastora

    by Carmela71 Updated Jan 25, 2004

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    This arch was one of the 3 entrances to the castle or alcazar, was sited on the square of the same name.

    As we said before there are 3 gates that date from the 12th till the 15th Century to enter at the walled city. This one is one of the oldest.

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    Alcazar

    by Carmela71 Written Jan 26, 2004

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    Behind the church and in direction to the castle you can see the old rests of the Alcazar. They are working right now on the restoration of the area. Hope it will be done soon, as Medina Sidonia is a lovely spot and deserves the visit

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