Well, I had a great time here. Outside it was raining, the wind was cold, it was better inside, with half lights, ornaments and stone and iron with heat produced by the wall. The views are great through the windows. When clear you can see all Antequera, roofs glued haphazardly, it seems they are freshly cleaned, whitewashed houses makes them shine more. You do not see the streets. Raining yes, but that did it! The Alcazaba deserves all the respect and admiration of his present and his past.
The narrative is set in the 15th century, when Antequera was the border between the kingdoms of Castile and Granada. A young Christian man is prey to the latter. The daughter of the president of the Muslim city, maybe in the course of a visit to the dungeons of his father, he comes across with the prisoner and, as often happens in the legends, they fall in love. Helped by the Moorish, the couple escape from the jail and both are on the run. Followed by the armies of the king of Granada, the couple seeks refuge on top of a rock at the gates of Antequera. His pursuers begin the siege and the two, knowing the hopelessness of their situation, jump off the cliff to their death.
It is in the highest part of the city of Antequera, close to the Alcazaba. It was founded on the initiative of Bishop Villaescusa Diego Ramirez, head of the Diocese of Málaga and who considered that due to the growth of the city, they should request a papal bull to convert the old Collegiate Church of Santa Maria de la Esperanza. Its construction was between 1514 and 1550 and designed by architect Pedro del Campo. His style is a transition from Gothic to Renaissance. It has a grand facade that resembles a triumphal arch with pinnacles of Italian style, the tower on the right is later, in the late 17th century. The interior has 3 naves, the central larger, separated by Ionic columns.
In the center of the town, in the square of San.Sebastian, constructed as a parish, and was moved in the year 1692 from the Temple Royal Collegiate of Santa Maria Maggiore. It was constructed between the years 1540 and 1549 highlighting this time the cover plateresca constructed in the year 1548, designed by Diego de Guevara and inside the pillars cruciform sections closest to the wall. SOmething that is especially remarkable is its brick tower, 60 meters high, one of the landmarks of the city, which was constructed by the Local Alarife Andrew Burgess between the years 1701 and 1706. Its design and construction material, brick, relate to this tower with Aragonese Mudejar. It is topped with an angel-vane called Angelote almost 12 feet high and is seen from most of the city.
It was constructed by the master constructer Martin de Bogas in the year 1749, and was destroyed in the year 1931 and was not reconstructed until the year 1998. It is constructed of red brick and limestone, from El Torcal. It has 3 arches and the center is greater than the side, and it was used for the passage of carriages and horses, while the sides were for people to walk on. It has an image of the Virgin of the Rosary, made by sculptor Eloy Garcia, who replaces that once made the sculptor Andres de Carvajal y Campos (1709-1779). On the opposite side, in tile, is the image of Santa Eufemia.
At the back of the Mirador of Almenillas one can find this huge stone door, which opens to the Citadel and the Royal Collegiate. El Arco de los Gigantes de Antequera was constructed in the year 1585 by Francisco de Azurriola, with the objective of replacing the door that was called Islamic Estepa Gate. Maybe because of its size, as well as Arch of the Giants, it was called Gate of Hercules. The door is 7 meters and has 4 lights, and it is a large arch with sandstone keystones that are elongated, posing in a relief of a jar of lilies in limestone, with a lion and the castle beside it with heraldic motifs that are used to represent the city.
It's a 3rd category arena, with 8,268 seats, owned by the region of Antequera. It was constructed in the year 1848 leaving the top, a gallery with arches, wood until a recent reconstruction. It is 1 of the prettiest arenas in the world. It has a fantastic location, close to Paseo Real, landscaped mall that is the green center of the city. There is parking in the back of the square, in the gardens of Tito Pepe. Following the same in parallel there is parking next to the Parador. There is almost always no place to park, something that is difficult in Antequera. At dusk that zone is used for the youth movement, for which the council has enabled it. Another advantage is that it can be accessed easily. On the back you can get inside the arena and often allow entry without any hitches. So you can understand not only the sand but the inside rooms, with a tiny museum.
Situated inside the Plaza de San Sebastián, we can see many of the most interesting places to visit in Antequera, The Church of San Sebastian, the arc of the Nazarene and some of its streets surveys that are some of the most charming of the city. In one corner we see the Tourist Office which can also be taken from the main bus stop, the bus that takes us through the sights. There are many cafes with outdoor terraces for drinks, one of them (which also has a big recreation room) which I do not recommend , at least the experience I had was painful. I had to leave of pure boredom and no one came to see that we wanted to have.
First urban area discovered in the old town of Antequera during the excavations of the years 1988-1991, which proved the existence of a public bath complex, whose construction was from the BC, undergoing a major refurbishment 2 centuries after. They were in use until the 7th century AD, and by the 16th century it was superimposed into a neighborhood of the city. The baths have different types, among which polychrome mosaic with a central medallion representing the ocean god Oceanus.
This fountain is in the high area of the city, almost in front of the Arch of the Giants, within the medieval part of town. Because of its location it is obvious that it supplied water to the guilds. To get there, go into Antequera to the west and follow signs to the heart of town. That way you will reach Piazza San Sebastian where you need to take the road to the historic area, the medieval city. About 50 meters before the arched entrance to the citadel is this fountain. On the typology its present appearance is from mid-19th century, it belongs to the historicist style. It looks like an Egyptian temple. The central sun responds to this Eastern philosophy and could interact with the natural rhythms of agriculture. It is a very interesting fountain.
This is not a zoo but a wildlife park dedicated to wolves. All enclosure are very huge and let you see the wolves live their life without any stress. Regular guided tours lead you through the park and give you a chance to learn about these wonderful and important animals. Definitely worth a visit and every cent paid!
In the heart of Paseo Real is the statue of one of the heroes of Antequera. On a pedestal, covered in marble by his side and many plaques dedicated to his memory is a figure standing in bronze. Some details are reminiscent their tragic end, as black crowns adorning the base. Vicente Moreno was born in the year 1773 and distinguished himself for bravery in the War of Roussillon in the Fixed Regiment of Malaga. In the year 1809 he was promoted to Captain and sent to Sierra Morena, in the battle of Ocana. Arquillos The regiment was destroyed and he became a guerrilla who fought against the French invasion until he was captured and executed in the year 1810. It is a man who lived, fought and died to defend his morals. His figure has been chosen to chair the Royal Promenade, which hosts the most important events in the city.
As we reached the Plaza de San Francisco to make a purchase in the Organic Market we also stepped into the old market of the city of Antequera, but as it was Saturday and a little later, most of the stalls were closing. The market is large, with more than 60 commercial stalls dedicated mostly to the sale of food (fruit, veggies, meat, fish). This market has an interesting history since the start of its construction works in the year 1882, there was a collapse of their structure, which delayed the project until more than 3 years later. The structure is in a central body with 4 ships rectangular corners. Brick and materials from the zone were used to build it.
Located in the province of Malaga, there are many things to see in the city of Antequera! The main attractions in Antequera include its extensive architectural heritage, which is composed of more than 50 religious and civic buildings as well as numerous archaeological sites. Among the main places to visit in Antequera are important landmarks such as shrines, chapels, churches, and convents.
Some of the best things to do in Antequera include exploring the palaces, where there are lookouts and viewpoints. In order to see all of the Antequera attractions during your visit, it is best to explore with a map. Stuff to do in Antequera outside the city center include visiting the Torcal de Antequera, a beautiful landscape whose geological structure is a pleasure for the senses.
For the more adventurous, there are other Antequera activites such as the famous Caminito del Rey, a step built into the walls of the Gaitanes Gorge which attracts risk takers worldwide. This pedestrian walkway is more than three kilometres long and has been recently restored. Another attraction is the Rock of Love, a limestone rock which looks as though it is the head of an Indian lying down. For this reason it is also known as "El Indio de Antequera".
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