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  • 1 Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Santa María, s/n E - 23002 Jaén

    Built between the mid 16C and the late 17C according to plans by Vandelvira, this is one of the finest examples of Andalucian Renaissance architecture. The extraordinary main façade is palatial in appearance. The interior is striking, particularly th..

  • 2 Arab baths Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 23004 Jaén

    Rediscovered in 1913 beneath the Palacio de Villardompardo, and unearthed over the course of several campaigns, which were completed in 1984, these baths date from the 11C. Superb restoration work has highlighted their architectural perfection. The f..

  • 3 Palacio de Villardompardo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de Santa Luisa de Marillac E - 23004 Jaén

    Known simply as the "Arab baths", this elegant 16C building was the home of Fernando de Torres y Portugal, Viceroy of Peru and Count of Villardompardo. Behind the simple façade, there is an arcaded patio leading to several rooms. The palace..

  • 4 Panorama Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 23000 Jaén

    The keep of the Castillo de Santa Catalina, now a parador, offers magnificent views of the Sierra de Jabalcuz and the olive groves.

  • 5 Chapel of St Andrew Interesting

    Religious buildings

    calle San Andrés E - 23004 Jaén

    This Mudéjar chapel with 16C Judaic touches was ordered by the treasurer of Pope Leon X. Its façade is immaculately white and hides a true architectural treasure, the chapel of La Purísima Inmaculada. Its star ribbed vault rests on an octagonal drum ..

  • 6 Church of San Ildefonso Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. de San Ildefonso, s/n E - 23001 Jaén

    The largest church in the town after the cathedral. With 14 and 15C Gothic style, it has three portals: one, Gothic, is decorated with a mosaic illustrating the appearance of the Virgin of the Chapel, patron saint of Jaén; a second, Renaissance, is b..

  • 7 Castillo de Santa Catalina Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 23004 Jaén

    The large shape of the former Arab fortress, which was transformed by St Ferdinand III, stands at the top of St Catherine's Hill. This was the original point of the ramparts that surrounded the town but of which only the Angel's Gate and the arches o..

  • 8 Provincial Museum

    Museums and art

    Paseo de la Estación 27 E - 23008 Jaén

    Contains two sections: Archaeology and Fine Arts. In the first, note one of the most important discoveries in Iberian culture, a collection of Iberian sculptures known as De Porcuna, made in the 6C BC. See also the striking mosaic by Bruñel and the S..

  • 9 Church of the Holy Heart

    Religious buildings

    E - 23002 Jaén

    This simple neo-classical church stands against the cathedral and its architecture contrasts with the rich main retable, an 18C baroque masterpiece.

  • 10 Provincial Palace

    Religious buildings

    pl. San Francisco 2 E - 23071 Jaén

    The seat of the provincial assembly is a former Franciscan convent by Vandelvira. Inside, the pretty patio has a double gallery with columns.

  • 11 Convento de las Bernardas

    Religious buildings

    Puerta del Ángel 2 E - 23001 Jaén

    Founded in the 17C, the convent has a classical-inspired portal, a pleasant cloister and a church containing retables of the Annunciation and Assumption of the Virgin by the Italian artist Angelo Nardi.

  • 12 St Bartholomew's Church

    Religious buildings

    pl. de San Bartolomé, s/n E - 23004 Jaén

    This church was built on the site of a mosque in the 16-17C. The simple 17C façade has a pretty patio with an artesonado Mudéjar of considerable quality. One of the chapels contains a statue of Christ of the Expiration, which is brought out for the H..

  • 13 Monastery of St Dominic

    Religious buildings

    calle Santo Domingo E - 23004 Jaén

    Founded by John I on the ruins of the former palace of the Moslem kings, this monastery was the headquarters of the Inquisition. The Renaissance façade with its elegant proportions is the work of Vandelvira. The 17C patio has a delicate vaulted galle..

  • 14 Church of the Madeleine

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la Magdalena, s/n E - 23004 Jaén

    Built in the 16C Isabelin Gothic style on the ruins of a former Arab mosque, this church has retained the charming patio with an ablution basin and fruit trees giving it a rustic eel. Inside, the main altar is framed by a fine retable by Jacopo Flore..

  • 15 Convent of St Ursula

    Religious buildings

    calle Santa Ursula, s/n E - 23004 Jaén

    The church in this convent has a particularly refined Mudéjar artesonado. The nuns here make famous "yemas" of St Ursula, tasty traditional cakes.

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