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  • 1 El Torcal Nature Reserve Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The park south of Antequera serves to protect one of Spain's most unusual karst (limestone) landscapes. Chasms, obelisks and other formations created by erosion lend the landscape a magical, fantastical quality, while the local flora provides colour ..

  • 2 Antequera Municipal Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    pl. del Coso Viejo, Palacio de Nájera

    Housed in the 18C Nájera Palace, this museum has a fine watchtower and some lovely artesonado ceilings. There is a remarkable archaeology collection displayed on the ground floor; the centrepiece is the Ephebe of Antequera, a superb bronze sculpture ..

  • 3 Church of St Mary Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. de Santa María

    The imposing Renaissance façade of the collegiate church has sober niches, surmounted by a balustrade and a pediment with pinnacles. Inside, you will notice the basilica layout with three aisles, and a fine Mudejar ceiling.

  • 4 Church of the Carmel Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. del Carmen, s/n

    The relatively simple façade of this church, built between the 16C and 17C, gives no clue as to the Baroque exuberance within. The nave, laid out beneath a Mudéjar artesonado ceiling, is covered with an abundance of polychrome stuccos. The church's f..

  • 5 Dolmens de Menga y Viera Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    At the foot of the Cerro de la Cruz, these enormous collective tombs go back to the Bronze Age. Showing the mastery of techniques, the builders had imagined the lateral trenches to slide up the stones. The Dolmen de Menga (2500 BC) is a sort of artif..

  • 6 Convent of St Joseph

    Religious buildings

    pl. de las Descalzas 3

    The façade of this convent is an interesting example of local baroque art. This very original building is made up of a full arch resting on plinths and décor based on persons that form the consoles supporting a corniche decorated with delicate images..

  • 7 Iglesia de San Sebastián (Church)

    Religious buildings

    pl. San Sebastián

    The main portal of this 16C church is an interesting example of Plateresque style; it is topped with an elegant 18C tower made up of four bodies, an emblematic image of Antequera. Inside, among the many masterpieces, note the sculpture of the Virgine..

  • 8 San Agustín

    Religious buildings

    calle del Infante Don Fernando, s/n

    Built by Diego de Vergara, who built Malaga cathedral, this 16C church has a nave topped with a gothic crossed vault and a pretty 17-18C tower. The manneristic tower is a full arch with a balcony above which appear niches that hold religious sculptur..

  • 9 Palacio Municipal

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    calle Infante Don Fernando 70

    This former Franciscan abbey has a strange neo-baroque façade built in 1953. Do not miss the cloister formed of two elegant galleries, the lower gallery made up of full arches and groin vaults, and the upper gallery with wide openings covered by pedi..

  • 10 Convento de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios

    Religious buildings

    calle Infante Don Fernando

    This 17C church dedicated to Our Lady of Recovery, patron saint of Antequera, has a Latin cross shape with two lateral chapels, and sumptuous decoration on the themes of Franciscan iconogrpahy and plants. On the main altar, a lovely gilded wooden ret..

  • 11 Convento de Belén

    Religious buildings

    calle Belén, s/n (à l’est du centre-ville)

    The church of this 18C convent has three highly decorated aisles. The central nave is topped with a barrel vault and the lower sides, distributed like chapels, are separated by full arhces. In the arms of the transept, topped with a semicircular cupo..

  • 12 Recinto monumental de la alcazaba

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Take a walk under the dense foliage with its fine views over the Sierra del Torcal, the Antequera Plain and the town centre. Then enter the first fortress in the kingdom of Grenada captured by the Christians. The 15C walls were bult with recuperated ..

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