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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 ...
... Tours are every half hour and always with a guide – Spanish speaking only – but it wouldn’t matter, the place speaks for itself. Once inside you can feel the richness. I mean spiritual richness. Unlike most of the other places we visited, this place – a small place for worship, a courtyard, a sacred bath and a cellar – felt alive. Full. Echoes of the people who passed through here – seeking refuge, giving worship – ...
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,
... my way out the door for a morning walk. Behind the hotel is a walking trail through the forest. I only walked about 5 minutes and came upon a large fence that I could not get open. But, on the other side of the fence I can see a small bridge and can hear the sound of a babbling brook. I must find out how to get through that fence. As I return to the building I stop to smell the roses in the beautiful rose garden. They have several ...