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City of Jaén in Andalucia, Spain

Jaen Andalusia, Spain

The city of Jean in Andalusia, Spain has got the name from the Arabic word jayyān (‘crossroads of caravans’) and it is the capital of the province of Jaén. It is located in the autonomous community of Andalusia.

The city is build in the hills of the Santa Catalina mountains, the city was occupied by Arab emperors which ruled Spain from 711 to 1492. However, within the city in the ’70s were discovered a unique collection of sculptures dating from about 500 BC which are now proudly exhibited in the city museum.

What to see in Jaén – The tourists directions

  • Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes: The Provincial Fine Arts Museum in Jaen has the World’s best permanent exhibition of Iberian objects
  • Arco de San Lorenzo: The only remains of the medieval Parish Curch of San Lorenzo is this arch, Gothic-Mudejar style, which was recently designated a National Monument.
  • Castillo de Santa Catalina: Moor castle which was rebuilt during the Rennaissance
  • Cathedral: Built between the 16th and 18th century.
  • Capilla de San Andrés: 16th century chapel. Inside is the chapel dedicated to Inmaculada.
  • Iglesia de la Magdalena: 16th century church
  • Monasterio Santa Clara: 12th century monastery, still inhabited by monks. Beautiful cloister. The church is only open to visitors during hours of worship
  • Palacio de Villadompardo: 16th century stately home which houses the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs.
  • Arab Baths: Located in the narrow streets in the old quarter, underneath the Palacio de Villadompardo, these 11th century baths once belonged to Ali, a Moorish king of Jaén.
  • Royal Monastery of Santo Domingo: Used to be headquarters of the University of Jaén, this impressive monastery is located within the district of Magdalena.

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