Jaén

Jaén is a large municipality located in the south-western centre of the province, in which the capital is located.

There are two distinct areas within the municipality: a large area, the countryside, to the north, and a smaller, mountainous area to the south. 

As we walk through its historic quarter, in its streets, corners and monuments, we discover the richness of the coexistence of three cultures: Christian, Jewish and Muslim. We will stroll through the narrow streets of the Jewish quarter, visit the 11th century Arab Baths in the basements of the Villardompardo Palace and admire the string of churches, some of them built on the site of ancient mosques, and numerous convents. And visible from all parts of the old town is the Cathedral, a true jewel of the Spanish Renaissance.

On the hill of Santa Catalina stands the imposing castle of the same name, from where you can admire extraordinary panoramic views of the Guadalquivir valley, the countryside and the Sierra Sur mountain range behind it.

Jaén, the world capital of olive oil, is today a modern city, as its squares, gardens and wide avenues testify.

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Data of interest

Tourist area: Jaén y Entorno
Altitude above sea level (m): 573
Extension (Km2): 424
No. of Inhabitants: 120021
Demonym: Jiennenses
Postal Code: 2300x

Tourist information

Oficina de información turística de Jaén.
C/ Maestra, 8.
23002 Jaén
 

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Culture

The civilisations that have inhabited the city and its surroundings over the centuries have left their mark on the architecture of Jaén, with a great wealth of monuments, both in religious and civil buildings. The city's historical-artistic heritage includes various styles: Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical...

Among the monuments we would highlight the following:

  • The Cathedral, dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, a masterpiece of one of the best Renaissance architects, Andrés de Vandelvira and a source of inspiration for the construction of many cathedrals in Latin America, is considered one of the most notable works of the Renaissance in Andalusia, which is why a few years ago the process was initiated to obtain its declaration as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city's first cathedral was built on the foundations of the Aljama mosque after the conquest of the city by Fernando III, the S ...
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