Baeza attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Baeza

Catedral de Baeza

As was the case in much of Andalucía, the Reconquista destroyed Baeza's mosque and in its place built a cathedral. It's a stylistic melange, though the predominant style is 16th-century Renaissance, visible in the f…
Top Choice Palace in Baeza

Palacio de Jabalquinto

Baeza’s most flamboyant palace was probably built in the late 15th century for a member of the noble Benavides clan. Its chief glory is the spectacular facade in decorative Isabelline Gothic style, with a strange ar…
Top Choice Workshop in Baeza

Oleícola San Francisco

These fascinating tours of a working oil mill near Baeza will teach you all you could want to know about the process of turning olives into oil, how the best oil is made and what distinguishes extra virgin from the …
Square in Baeza

Plaza del Pópulo

This handsome square is surrounded by elegant 16th-century buildings. The central Fuente de los Leones is made of carvings from the Ibero-Roman village of Cástulo and is topped by a statue reputed to represent Imilc…
Chapel in Baeza

Convento de San Francisco

This 16th-century monastery suffered grievously from an earthquake and Napoleonic sacking in the early 19th century. The main point of interest is the roofless Capilla de Benavides at the northeast end of its church…
Church in Baeza

Iglesia de Santa Cruz

This 13th-century church was one of the first to be built in Andalucía after the Reconquista. With its impressive round-arched western and southern portals, it's a very rare example of Romanesque architecture in And…
Historic Building in Baeza

Antigua Universidad

Baeza’s historic university was founded in 1538. It became a font of progressive ideas that generally conflicted with Baeza’s conservative dominant families, often causing scuffles between the highbrows and the well…
Historic Building in Baeza

Seminario de San Felipe Neri

Plaza de Santa María is the most characteristic of Baeza's squares and was designed to be a focus of religious and civic life. On its north side stands the 17th-century Seminario de San Felipe Neri, a former seminar…
Gate in Baeza

Puerta de Jaén

The Puerta de Jaén on the west side of Plaza del Pópulo was originally one of the city gates of Muslim Bayyasa, though its present form dates from a 1526 reconstruction. Joined to it is the Arco de Villalar, erected…
Historic Building in Baeza

Ayuntamiento

The Ayuntamiento, a block north of the Paseo de la Constitución, has a particularly marvellous plateresque facade. The four finely carved balcony portals on the upper storey are separated by the coats of arms of the…