Last weekend, I got the chance to go camping in Cazorla, Spain (see next blog post about Cazorla). On our way to the camping site, we went to the towns of Úbeda and Baeza.
Though these blog posts are not written to bore you with historical facts and stories, I do believe its important to know basic (and I mean really basic) history of the towns you travel to!
Úbeda is a historical town in the province of Jaén, Spain. It´s streets are filled with not only Renaissance style churches and palaces, but also streets filled with Muslim influence. Way back when, Romans had occupied this town as a settlement and recently, pre-Roman remains (iberic and agrarian) have been found within the town. Úbeda is most known for its importance during the Muslim conquest of ‘the Iberia’ and was founded by a man named Abd ar-Rahman II who called the town Ubbada (hence, the name Ú-be-da). Fast forwarding many years, Úbeda played a very important role in its geographic location because it is right in-between the towns of Granada and Castile-La Mancha.
One of the main sites to visit while in Úbeda is the Vázquez de Molina Square – absolutely beautiful. Here is where you will find many Renaissance buildings such as Palacio de las Cadenas and Capilla del Salvador BUT at the same time, see the heavy influence of the Muslim conquest.
Below you’ll find photos from our stop in Úbeda.
Baeza, also in the southern province of Jáen in Spain, is located in the Loma de Úbeda (high elevation) where it separates the Guadalquivir River (south) from the Guadalimar (north). Like Úbeda, Baeza is known for having some of the best-preserved examples of Italian Renaissance architecture. The town was most prosperous under Islamic rule where it formed the capital of an independent kingdom. Some important sites to visit in Baeza are: The Baeza Cathedral, Town Hall, Santa Cruz Church, Jabalquinto Palace, Fountain of the Lions and Plaza de España. Baeza is most known for housing Antonio Machado (a modernist poet in the 1800s and a leading figure in the Spanish literary movement of Generation of ’98).
Below you’ll find photos from our stop in Baeza (I didn’t take as many photos in Baeza because at this point in the day, it was pouring rain outside and our tours ended early):
I hope you enjoyed the pictures and as always, I love getting feedback and hearing from you all!!