Baeza Renaissance Town

Baeza, Spain

Baeza is a city and municipality of Spain belonging to the province of Jaén. It is now principally famed for having some of the best-preserved examples of Italian Renaissance architecture in Spain. Along with neighbouring Úbeda, it was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 2003.

Established in the Roman times, the sixteenth century was the golden era of Baeza (and nearby Úbeda). It grew rich from several industries, notably textiles, and the noble families, which were well connected with the Spanish Imperial state. They hired major architects of the era to design the present cathedral, churches, public buildings, and private palaces in the then-fashionable Italian style. The town's university building dates to 1533. The city declined in importance in the seventeenth century, with the only remaining industry consisting of local production of grain and olive oil. As few newer structures were built during this period, this had the effect of preserving the town's Renaissance legacy.

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Founded: 16th century
Category: Historic city squares, old towns and villages in Spain

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Olena Sharko (2 years ago)
Great place! Beautiful architecture! Peace and quiet. Love it
Christine Swabey (2 years ago)
Town was a bit disappointing not much atmosphere, old part was worth seeing
Marc Stroobants (3 years ago)
Beautiful little town with a quaint historic centre. Beautiful cathedral and medieval palaces. Old centre is a no traffic zone. A very pleasant visit. It is best to park the car outside along the circular way called Murallas, where the views are fantastic.
Ha Ho (5 years ago)
Must visit ... history, scenic surroundings and great food
Antonius Van Opstal (6 years ago)
Like a ghost town with sometimes a cattle of tourists behind a guide
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