A magnificent square with some of the most beautiful 16th century, Renaissance buildings to be found anywhere in Spain. Stand and admire the elegant facades of the three Palacios, the double belfry church of Santa Maria with its superb cloisters, the Antiguo Posito or old granary, the Carcel de Obispo or bishops prison and the truly remarkable Capilla de Salvador. Where you can, go inside, especially the Palacio de Condestable Davalos, now a superb parador.
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San Pablo church is like something out of Romeo and Juliet with a 13th century balcony which is enhanced by Renaissance features. The inside is quite dreary and disappointing compared to the exterior but it's a good enough spot for prayer or contemplation.
Plaza del Primero de Mayo - follow C/Horno Contado from the Plaza Vázquez de Molina.
This is undoubtedly the finest church in Úbeda and is widely regarded as a masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture because it was erected by the Renaissance master of Spain - Andrés de Vandelvira. It has a dazzling façade featuring a carving of the Transfiguration of Christ flanked by intricate statues of St Peter and Paul. The theme of the Transfiguration of Christ is continued inside with a brilliantly animated retablo.
The Capilla del Salvador is located on the Plaza Vázquez de Molina (opposite the Palacio de las Cadenas)in Úbeda.
Entry fee is 2.25 euros.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-2pm & 5-7.30pm, Sun 10.45am-2pm & 4.30-7.30pm.
This spectacular building now houses the town hall of Úbeda and it's principal eye-catching piece is the façade fronted by enormous monumental lions.
The Palacio de Cadenas is situated on the Plaza Vázquez de Molina - just follow the brown 'Zona Monumental' tourist signs from the bus station in Úbeda.
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