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    Hills and olive trees - Cerros y olivos

    by spanishguy Updated Jun 8, 2006

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    Hills of ��beda with olive trees - Cerros de ��beda
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    Encircling the city of Úbeda there are lots of olive trees, and of course, the famous "cerros de Úbeda" (hills of Úbeda). There is a Spanish saying which could be translated as: "Don´t go to the hills of Úbeda!", when somebody speaks about something that is out of the real question, when there is no connection between the matter which is supposed to be explained and the fact a person is actually answering. The origin of such an saying is very old. During the conquest of the city by the King Ferdinand III in the 13th century one of his Captains disappeared and he didn't join the battle. When it was finished he came to the city explained he got lost "in the hills of Úbeda". It was considered a cowardly affaire.

    Rodeando la ciudad de Úbeda hay muchos olivos y, por supuesto, los famosos "cerros de Úbeda". Hay una expresión española que dice: "¡No te vayas por los cerros de Úbeda!", cuando alguien habla de algo que es diferente de la verdadera cuestión, cuando no existe conexión entre lo que se supone que se debe explicar y lo que finalmente se está contando. El origen de esta expresión es muy antiguo. Durante la conquista de la ciudad por el rey Fernando III en el siglo XIII desapareció uno de los Capitanes y no se unió a la batalla. Cuando esta terminó llegó a la ciudad y explicó que se había perdido "por los cerros de Úbeda". Se consideró un acto de cobardía.

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    Clock's tower - Torre del Reloj

    by spanishguy Updated Jun 7, 2006

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    Clock and bells - Reloj y campanas
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    This tower was part of the medieval walls (13th century) and the clock and its bells were added at the 16th century. It's placed at Plaza de Andalucia, which is a kind of social centre, where the people from Úbeda usually have meetings at social events.

    Esta torre fue parte de las murallas medievales (siglo XIII) y el reloj y sus campanas se añadieron en el siglo XVI. Se encuentra en la Plaza de Andalucía, que es una especie de centro social de la ciudad. donde se reunen los ubetenses en diferentes acontecimientos.

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    Vázquez de Molina's Palace (Town Hall)

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    Renaissance fa��ade - Fachada renacentista
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    This wonderful palace was commissioned by Juan Vázquez de Molina, Francisco de los Cobos' nephew, both of them Chamber Secretaries of the King Philip II. It is a typical Renaissance palace, and it's by far the best one in town. It was a monastery, a palace and, currently, the Town Hall. It has two façades: the main one, at Vázquez de Molina Square, is Renaissance and the other one, at Ayuntamiento Square, is of classicism style..

    Este magnífico palaciofue encargado por Juan Vázquez de Molina, sobrino de Francisco de los Cobos, ambos Secratarios de Cámara del rey Felipe II. Es un palacio típicamente renacentista y es el mejor de la ciudad con diferencia. Fue un monasterio, un palacio y, actualmente, el ayuntamiento. Tiene dos fachadas: la principal, en la plaza Vázquez de Molina, renacentista, y la otra, en la plaza del Ayuntamiento, clasicista.

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    Colegiata Santa María de Reales Alcázares

    by spanishguy Updated Jun 8, 2006

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    Collegiate church - Colegiata
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    This church is the biggest in town, and the thirth one in the province of Jaén, after the Jaén's Cathedral and the Baeza's Cathedral. It was part of the Royal Fortress (Reales Alcázares) which doesn't exist any more. The building has a sober style and it's concentrating all its outdoor decoration at the main gate. It was built over a mosque in the 13th century, when the King Ferdinand III the Saint conquered the town.

    Esta iglesia es la más grande de la ciudad y la tercera de la provincia de Jaén, tras la Catedrales de Jaén y Baeza. Fue parte de los Reales Alcázares que ya no existen. El edificio tiene un estilo sobrio, concentrando toda su decoración exterior en la puerta principal. Fue construido sobre una mezquita en el siglo XIII, cuando el rey Fernando III el Santo conquistó la ciudad.

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    Walls - Murallas

    by spanishguy Updated Jun 8, 2006

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    Walls - Murallas
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    The walls between the East part of the city and the hills still being untouched since the Moorish ages (Middle Ages). Some gates stand there, among them there are the gate of Granada, of Saint Lucy and of the Flagstones.

    Las murallas entre la parte Este de la ciudad y los cerros continuan intactas desde los tiempos de los musulmanes (Edad Media). Algunas puertas están en pie, entre las cuales veis en mis fotos la puerta de Granada, de Santa Lucía y del Losal.

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    St. John of the Cross Oratory - Oratorio

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    Oratory and St. Michael Monastery - Oratorio y Mon
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    St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) is one of the Catholic Church doctors and one of the main mystics saints. He died in Úbeda, at St. Michael Monastery, and them a Oratory devoted to him was built next to this building in the 17th century. Actually he is not buried here, but in Segovia. There is a museum about St. John inside the Monastery.

    Oratorio de San Juan de la Cruz
    San Juan de la Cruz (1542-1591) es uno de los doctores de la Iglesia Católica y uno de los principales místicos. Murió en Úbeda, en el Convento de San Miguel, así que en el siglo XVII se levantó un Oratorio dedicado a él junto a este edificio. En realidad él no está enterrado aquí, sino en Segovia. En el interior del Convento hay un museo sobre San Juan.

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    St. Paul Chruch - Iglesia de San Pablo

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    Main gate - Puerta principal
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    St. Paul Parish comes from the 14th century, but the current building itself was built at the 16th century. The main gate is Gothic and it's decorated with sculptures about the Virgin's Coronation. There are lot of smalls chapels inside the church. This building was used as a noble city council too.

    La Parroquia de San Pablo data del soglo XIV, pero el actual edificio es del XVI. La puerta principal es de estilo gótico, decorada con esculturas sobre la Coronación de la Virgen. En el interior hay muchas capillas pequeñas. El edificio se utilizó como consejo noble de la ciudad también.

    Mass schedule - Horario de misas

    Weekdays / Laborables: 19:30 (winter - invierno); 21:00 (summer - verano)
    Saturdays / Vísperas: 19:30
    Holidays / Festivos: 11:30, 13:00 (winter - invierno); 13:00 (summer - verano)

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    Saviour Sacred Chapel -Capilla del Salvador

    by spanishguy Updated Jun 8, 2006

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    Main fa��ade - Fachada principal
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    Francisco de los Cobos, Chamber Secretary of the King Philip II, became a really powerful man. He commissioned the construction of a church devoted to the Savior of the World. This is the masterpiece of the Spanish Renaissance private religious architecture. The church has a original style, with a rounded tower (one of the few in Spain) and lots of sculptures either inside and outside, giving a irregular outline to the building.

    Francisco de los Cobos, Secretario de Cámara del rey Felipe II devino un hombre muy poderoso. De esta manera encargó la construcción de una iglesia dedicada al Salvador del Mundo. Finalmente resultó ser la obra maestra de la arquitectura religiosa privada del renacimiento español. La iglesia tiene un estilo original, con una torre circular (una de las pocas en España) y muchas esculturas, tanto dentro como fuera, lo que le da un contorno irregular al conjunto.

    Mass schedule - Horario de misas

    Holidays - Festivos: 10:00
    Saturdays - Vísperas: 19:00 (winter - invierno) / 20:00 (summer - verano)

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    Honest Old Men Hospital of the Saviour

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    Main gate - Puerta principal
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    It was a hospital built for "poor honest old men" without personal resources in 1392, being one of the oldest charity institutions in town. This building became smaller for the construction of the Saviour Sacred Chapel and its courtyard was renovated.

    Hospital de los Honrados Viejos del Salvador.
    Este fue un hospital construido para "los honrados hombres viejos pobres" en 1392, siendo una de las instituciones de caridad más antiguas de la ciudad. El edificio se quedó más pequeño con la construcción de la Sacra Capilla del Salvador y su patio fue renovado.

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    Trinity church - Iglesia Santísima Trinidad

    by spanishguy Updated Jun 7, 2006

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    View from Andalucia Square - Vista desde Pl. Andal
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    This is one of the few Baroque buildings in town. It has two gates with lots of ornaments as Solomon columns (columns in zigzag) and high reliefs. It is a church and a monastery.

    Este es uno de los pocos edificios barrocos de la ciudad. Tiene dos puertas muy con mucha decoración, como columnas salomónicas (en zigzag) y alto relieves. Es una iglesia y un monasterio.

    Mass schedule / Horario de misas

    Weekdays and holidays / Laborables y festivos: 19:30 (winter - invierno); 20:30 (summer - verano)

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    Count Guadiana's Palace -Palacio Guadiana

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    Palace's tower - Torre del Palacio
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    This nice palace comes from the 16th century. Watch at its lovely decoration: women heads, falcons, etc. It was the palace of one of the main families from Úbeda, the Counts of Guadiana. You can see the palace's tower at my pictures, which was added up to the original building, at the 17th century.

    Este bonito palacio es del siglo XVI. Fíjate en su decoración: cabezas de mujer, halcones, etc. Este fue el palacio de una de las principales familias de Úbeda, los Condes de Guadiana. En mis fotos puedes ver la torre del palacio, que fue añadida al edificio orginal en el siglo XVII.

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    A walking tour of Ubeda - 5 - Pal. de las Cadenas

    by alucas Updated Sep 7, 2006

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    Palacio de las Cadenas, Ubeda
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    The Palacio de las Cadenas stands on the north side of the Plaza de Vazquez Mlina, and is one of the most impressive buildings in Ubeda (not counting the churches). It is currently used as the Ayuntamiento, or Town Hall. You can wander in the ground floor and have a look at the courtyard, and there is also a small ceramics museum inside.

    The stonework on the front facade is very detailed - see the photo of the coat of arms. Also have a close look at those door handles !

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    This tip is one of a sequence describing a walking tour around the heart of Ubeda. If you reached this tip from the Travel Guide and haven’t read the tour from the beginning please click on the link above to go to my Ubeda page.

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    St. James' Hospital - Hospital de Santiago

    by spanishguy Updated Jun 7, 2006

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    Church fa��ade - Fachada de la iglesia
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    The Saint James' Hospital is one of the biggest building in town. I recommend begin your visit here, because you can park easily your car near here. The building was built in 1550 as a palace, an hospital, a church and a pantheon. It has a big courtyard serving as central axe of all the Hospital places. It's surrounded by galleries with elegant vaults.

    El Hospital de Santiago es uno de los edificios más grandes de la ciudad. Te recomiento que comiences tu visita por aquí, ya que puedes aparcar el coche facilmente en la zona. El edificio fue construido en 1550 como palacio, hospital, iglesia y panteón. Tiene un gran patio que sirve de eje central a todo el conjunto, rodeado de galerías con elegantes bóvedas.

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    A walking tour of Ubeda - 6 - S. M. de los R. A.

    by alucas Updated Sep 7, 2006

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    Santa Maria de los Reales Alcazares, Ubeda
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    Opposite the Ayuntamiento is an imposing church – Santa Maria de los Reales Alcazares. Unfortunately the church has been closed for restoration for several years, so we were unable to go inside. The church dates mainly from the 13th century, and is built, like so many, on the site of a mosque. Unusually, the main frontage faces north, but inside the buildings appear to be arranged in a square, around what I understand is a fine gothic cloister. The third picture is of the east door.

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    This tip is one of a sequence describing a walking tour around the heart of Ubeda. If you reached this tip from the Travel Guide and haven’t read the tour from the beginning please click on the link above to go to my Ubeda page.

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    A walking tour of Ubeda - 9 - S C del Salvador

    by alucas Updated Sep 7, 2006

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    Sacra Capilla del Salvador and the Parador
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    Next to the Parador is one of Ubeda's finest buildings, the Sacra Capilla del Salvador.

    It was commissioned by Francisco de los Cobos, a local man who rose to one of the highest positions in the land, Imperial Secretary to the Emperor Charles V of Castille. Whilst Charles was off fighting in Europe, Fransisco was left to manage Castille, and must have done a good job whilst making a fortune for himself at the same time. He commissioned and paid for several buildings in Ubeda.

    The Sacra Capilla del Salvador was built to be Fransisco's funeral chapel, and he is buried there along with his wife. The interior is well worth a visit, but unfortunately you are NOT allowed to take photos inside (strictly enforced by a watchful custodian).

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