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  • 1 Jerez de la Frontera Historic Quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Jerez has an extraordinary architectural heritage. In addition to its incomparable cathedral and castle, there are its Reconquista churches in the medieval town centre. Plaza del Arenal and Plaza de Plateros are good places to pause prior to strollin..

  • 2 Jerez de la Frontera cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la Encarnación, s/n

    The cathedral was one of the most important religious buildings in the city in the 18C. Built above a former mosque, its construction resulted in the modification of adjacent streets and the creation of new areas such as the Plaza de la Encarnación. ..

  • 3 House of the Cabildo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Its Renaissance façade has, as the main elements of its decoration, grotesques and cupids alongside Hercules and Julius Caesar and flanked by the Cardinal Virtues. This building is the main feature of the pretty Plaza de la Asunción.

  • 4 Alcázar Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Alameda Vieja, s/n

    It is from here that you will have the most beautiful view of the Cathedral. The Alcázar, which was part of the fortified 4000m long surrounding wall erected by the Almohades in the 12C, is accessible through the city gate, a typical Almohade right-a..

  • 5 St. Michael's Church (San Miguel) Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza San Miguel 4

    The oldest of the church's façades, the so-called Saint Joseph façade, was built in 1480 in a style very much inspired by the Flemish. The main façade is a robust Baroque tower, the upper part of which supports a spire covered with «azulejos». In the..

  • 6 Carthusian monastery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Construction of La Cartuja started in 1478, but work continued for most of the following century. The monastery's Renaissance façade (1571) overlooks a large paved courtyard. The impressive façade of the church has the appearance of a retable divided..

  • 7 The Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Recreo de las Cadenas, avda del Duque de Abrantes, s/n

    In a fine private house in 19C French style, built by Charles Garnier (the architect of the Paris Opera) and surrounded by well-kept gardens, the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art has established its offices. It is possible to attend the show..

  • 8 Clock Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    calle Lealas et Pizarro

    This surprising clock museum is one of the few in Spain. With over three hundred items, this rich museum collection has as its nucleus that put together by Sra de Gabia and later acquired by José María Ruiz Mateos. The oldest clock dates from the 17C..

  • 9 Jerez de la Frontera Market square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. del Mercado

    This is located in the popular district of San Mateo, where the Arab market used to be sited. Notice at one end the heavily laden facade of the Riquelme Palace, the only remaining part of the Renaissance building. On the Corinthian columns of the fir..

  • This museum is in a restored 18C Palace, which has preserved its attractive facade. The rooms are set around the patio and show the history of Jerez and the region. Notice especially the elegant Greek Helmet from the 7C BC, discovered in the River Gu..

  • 11 Saint Matthew's Church (San Mateo)

    Religious buildings

    pl. de San Mateo 10

    This is one of the primitive churches built by Alfonso X in the 13C on the site of old Arab mosques. The present building dates from the 15C. As for the exterior walls, they are supported by sturdy buttresses.

  • 12 Saint Luke's Church

    Religious buildings

    pl. de San Lucas, s/n

    The medieval origin of the church is very evidently concealed by later modifications, mostly made during the Baroque period. On the outside, note its strange tower, forming a façade, with a splayed doorway.

  • 13 The Church of St-John-of-the-Knights

    Religious buildings

    C. San Juan

    The present church, with its very plain exterior, dates mostly from the 15C, despite some later additions such as the 17C façade. Inside, a superb polygonal apse, with nine sides (14C), is topped by a ten-ribbed vault with zigzag decoration resting o..

  • 14 Saint Mark's Church

    Religious buildings

    pl. de San Marcos, s/n

    Founded in the reign of Alfonso X, the church was probably completely rebuilt in 1480, as the nave with its beautiful 16C star-shaped vault bears witness. The apse is distinctive because of its 17C polygonal altarpiece, which takes pride of place ove..

  • 15 Plaza de Rafael Rivero

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de Rafael Rivero

    On this small square is the palace of the Pérez Luna, the beautiful façade of which dates from the end of the18C. Next to it, the house of the Villavicencio has a delightful patio.

  • 16 Plaza de Plateros

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de Plateros

    This is one of the nicest squares in the old part of Jerez. In the Middle Ages, this was very much a business district and the street names reflect the activities which took place there: Chapinería (shoes), Sedería (silk workshops) et Tornería (throw..

  • 17 Plaza de la Asunción

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Asunción

    Here you will see a statue dating from the 1950s dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and the Renaissance building of the Cabildo (1575), with a facade of grotesques and cupids, accompanied by Hercules and Julius Caesar and flanked by the ..

  • 18 Saint Denis's Church

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la Asunción

    The church, very clearly influenced by the Mudéjar style, is dedicated to Saint Denis, the patron saint of the town. The main splayed doorway is topped by a small porch roof. The whole is rather lacking in grace but note the strange corbels level wit..

  • 19 Palace of the Marquis of Bertemati

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. del Arroyo, s/n

    The façade of the palace is one of the most impressive in Jerez. Of the two doorways, the one on the left is in two parts separated by a fine wrought-iron balcony on which the letters of the name Dávila appear. On the lower part, dedicated to the sec..

  • 20 Camara Oscura of the Alcazar

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Housed in the tower of the Villavicencio Palace is the second darkroom to have been set up in Spain. A subtle combination of magnifying glasses and mirrors offers a different view of Jerez. A novel way to begin your visit to the town.

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