Hotel RL Ciudad de Ubeda
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Still progressing to the next big cities we were trying to enjoy the country side. Unfortunately there was one principle crop along the way. Olive trees as far as the eye can see and not one yellow crested cockatoo or pink and grey galah in sight. Ubeda did have some interesting renaissance buildings but of course ...
... am not kidding! After a while of this we became a bit paranoid.
One of the highlights of this town, and of our trip so far, was a visit we paid to the Synagogue of Water. This was no ordinary place. The site has only been open to the public for about 5 years and was “discovered” by a prominent real estate developer as he was breaking ground on a parking lot. One thing lead to another and this magnificent place was resurrected from the ...
Like its slightly larger neighbor Ubeda, Baeza as observed
today is largely a product of the Renaissance despite much earlier routes. The
two towns are, in fact, so rich in almost purely Renaissance architecture that
they together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage site.
I visited Baeza in the tarde (afternoon) after spending the
manana (morning) in Ubeda. Manana and tarde in Spain ...
... streets look much
like those in other towns the central quarters and most public buildings in
both towns are built of stone in the style of that era and make the ridge top
towns look more like hill towns in central Italy that the white villages of Andalusia.
The architect of most of the Renaissance monuments in both towns (and also the
cathedral in Jaen) was an Italian-trained Spaniard named Andres de Vandelvira,
other major site, the hilltop castle above the city. I should mention that Jaen
is at the edge of the southern Andalusian mountain ranges where they meet the
Guadalquivir Valley. So this is where the bare and rugged mountains start, “masculine”
ones in the terminology of my late friend Heinz Furthmayer, in contrast to the
very rounded and low “feminine” hills I hiked through in the Sierra Aracena ...