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Osuna – Colegiata de la Asunción

Osuna has a particularly imposing 16th-century Renaissance church called the Colegiata de la Asunción. 
Other blogs by Robert Bovington:
“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

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Sevilla – Fábrica Real de Tabacos

The Fábrica Real de Tabacos was the original tobacco factory – the one immortalised in the opera Carmen. Nowadays, it is part of Sevilla University. When the original factory was built in 1725 it was the second-largest building in Spain after El Escorial! It is an imposing Baroque and Rococo building.

Other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Puerta de Jerez, Tarifa

Puerta de Jerez, Tarifa © Robert Bovington
 
Much of Tarifa exhibits a distinctly Moorish character with its narrow, winding streets and whitewashed houses. Entry into the old quarter is through a particularly fine archway – the Puerta de Jerez. 
Other blogs by Robert Bovington:
“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Ciudad Real – Iglesia San Pedro

Iglesia San Pedro Ciudad Real © Robert Bovington
 
The Iglesia San Pedro in Ciudad Real is a church with a fusion of styles including alternating pointed Gothic arches and Mudéjar horseshoe arches.
Other blogs by Robert Bovington:
“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Mudéjar Architecture in Teruel

Mudéjar towers of Teruel (photos: Robert Bovington)

The towers of Teruel are quite splendid and UNESCO think so too – they have included them in the Mudéjar Architecture of Aragón World Heritage site. They include the Belfry-Tower of the Cathedral of Santa María, the towers of the churches of San Pedro, San Salvador and San Martín.

Almería – Convento Las Puras

‘Las Puras Covent’ is now a church, which was built in the 17th century on the site of a former convent.

Almería – Iglesia San Sebastián

In Moorish times, a mosque stood here and later, in Christian Almería, it became a shrine to Saint Sebastian. In the 17th Century, the church was built. It was consecrated in 1679, during the Bishopric of Antonio de Ibarra whose coat of arms can be observed above the side door.

Almería – iglesia Santiago

The main façade of this church is really rather splendid. Its imposing Renaissance portal is similar to the Cathedral’s doorways and above the door are magnificent sculptures including one depicting St. James, Slayer of the Moors. This church is one of the oldest in the town. It was built in the times of Bishop Fray Diego Fernández de Villalán who occupies an important place in the annals of the Church in Almería because of his zeal as priest and founder of new buildings in the city. His shield is also to be found above the main door.

ILLAR – IGLESIA PARROQUIAL DE SANTA ANA

La Iglesia Parroquial de Santa Ana - photo by Robert Bovington

Illar is a village in the Alpujarra Almeriense. Its church 'la Iglesia Parroquial de Santa Ana' - was built in the 16th century.

Almería – Former Convent School Puras


In the mid 19th century, church lands were disentailed so nuns had to adopt other ways of earning a living. Education offered a means of economic survival. To this end, the ‘Convent school Puras’ was built during the period 1885 to 1889. I think it is another delightful building with its cream-coloured façade and pink arches. Today, the building houses the ‘University of Distance-Learning’. That is what I like about Almería – tasteful old-fashioned buildings housing 21st century businesses.