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Renaissance style between olive groves

The current national centre of olive production was already inhabited during the Paleolithic period. While the Romans called it "Auringis", the Moors changed its name to "Geen" (means "place, where the caravans pass"). Ferdinand III conquered the town in 1246 and made Jaén an important strategic base for the Christian "Reconquista" by moving the bishop’s seat from Baeza to Jaén.

 

Highlights

- Cathedral
- Arab Baths
- Holy Week
- Feria San Lucas
   (October)

 

 

Short description

 

The capital of the province, with just 115,837 inhabitants (2014), can today be characterized as a quiet regional town. It is located on the main route which connects Madrid with Granada and the coast. Surrounded by pine woods and extented olive groves, it is an outstanding place with beautiful Renaissance buildings, fascinating churches, well preserved Arab baths and an old quarter of the town, full of charm.

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Main sights to visit

 

Cathedral – this, the most beautiful Renaissance church in Andalusia, was constructed during the 16th and 17th centuries. Precious façade (front) between two mighty towers and a spacious interior.

Church of San Ildefonso – second biggest temple with three doorways from three different epochs.

Arab Baths inside the Villardompardo Palace – noble building from the 16th century with the best preserved Arab baths of all Andalusia.
Inside the palace: Na
ïve Art Museum and the Folkloric Art and Customs Museum.

Church of San Andrés
– influenced by the Mudéjar style with a remarkable chapel ("Capilla Púrisima Inmaculada"). Located close to the Arab Baths.

Real Monasterio de Santo Domingo – constructed during the 14th century, this convent possesses a fine Renaissance front.

Church of La Magdalena
– Gothic temple, built above the ruins of an ancient mosque with a charming "patio" (courtyard). Right beside is located the

Monasterio de Santa Úrsula
– from the 16th century.

Museum of Jaen Province – contains an important collection of Iberian art from the pre-Roman period.

 

Excursions

 

Sierra de Mágina Natural Park –35 kms/22 miles east from the province capital.

La Guardia de Jaén
–small village 10 kms/6 miles southeast of Jaén. Splendid views from the tower of an Arab fortress.

 

Touristic infrastructure

 

Tourist information
Arquitecto Bergés, 1
Maestra, 18

Traffic connections
International airport in Granada (100 km)

Trains (RENFE) to Córdoba

Motorways to Granada, Madrid; National roads to Córdoba, Málaga, Baeza/Úbeda

Accommodation
Aprox.
15 hotels and hostels of different categories and prices.

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Tapas bars

 

Restaurants

Leisure
Various kind of events take place at the Auditorio Municipal de la Alamenda,
theatre events (a. o.): Teatro Darymedia

Shopping
Shopping zone all around the Plaza de la Constitución, along the main avenue Paseo de la Estación and between the streets Virgen de la Capilla, San Clemente and Plaza de los Jardinillos



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