Santa Maria de los Reales Alcazares

Santa Maria de los Reales Alcazares, Ubeda: Address, Phone Number, Santa Maria de los Reales Alcazares Reviews: 4/5

Santa Maria de los Reales Alcazares

Santa Maria de los Reales Alcazares
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ10,779 contributions
Beautiful church with 16th century graffiti!
Sep. 2019
During a walking tour of Ubeda, by wife and I visited this magnificent church which is the main church in Ubeda. During the visit, I learned that this church was built on the remains of a mosque. The church subsequently suffered severe damage during the Spanish Civil War, as did other buildings in Ubeda. However, restoration of this church occurred over many decades and was not completed until 2011. The side entrance is the primary entryway utilized at the church. However, the front entrance is gorgeous with the ornate carvings, columns and series of bells which are featured atop the main façade. Unfortunately, the bells, though beautiful, are not original. The one fascinating “damage” to the building that still exists is interesting writing in red that I observed on the side of the building. Due to the relative neatness of the writing, I was curious as to what it meant. I learned that the writing can be considered 16th century graffiti! The restoration process was well worth the wait to bring this site back to some of its original splendor.
Written April 3, 2020
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Janet S
Florida1,133 contributions
Far less ornate than nearby Salvador
Dec. 2019
My husband liked this simpler church better though I enjoyed both of them. It also has an audio guide though there are so many separate tracks, it is difficult to keep them straight. The entry was 4Euros for seniors though it would have been 2.50E if we had done without the audio guide. There a lot of different chapels within the church and some were surprisingly modern. Our favorite part was an upstairs patio (near restrooms) where we could overlook the rooftops of the town and the mountains beyond. We also enjoyed the ground floor outdoor area which appeared to be open in the evening (when the ticket booth was closed) also.
Written January 3, 2020
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nsander219
Chelmsford, UK499 contributions
Historical Ubeda
Jul. 2019 • Couples
Wonderful place with a good brief where necessary audio guide. THe history has been described below but I was surprised on two counts - one the number of chapels actually being used on a weekday and two how recent some of the chapels are. There are a lot of chapels within the building. Also as noted it has original mosque remnants within (they sure knew where to build!). A lovely place to p[ass some time in the heat.
Written July 23, 2019
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THE TRAVELLER
Malaga, Spain9,566 contributions
Wow ! Just beautiful.
Apr. 2019 • Couples
Steeped in history. Building work commenced 14th century. Reflecting the history of Andalucia- there was originally a mosque on this site. Building has been modified quite a few times over the centuries which makes it very unique.
Written April 27, 2019
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal17,026 contributions
Visit of the historical part of Ùbeda.
Mar. 2019 • Solo
This “Basilica” is been “Declared a National Monument and part of a World Heritage Site”, it is the main church of the city of Úbeda, and third of the Diocese of Jaén. located in the “Plaza Vázquez de Molina”, and so in front of the “Palace of the Chains”, and forming like this part of the group declared Patrimony of the Humanity by the Unesco in 2003. The church sits on an archaeological floor of the Bronze Age, a sacred place since time immemorial, who has being finally built on the remains of the main mosque, after the conquest of the city in the year 1233 by Fernando III the Saint. On September 29 of the year 1233 King San Fernando III with his court entered the main mosque of the city through the main door of the same, to celebrate the victory of the reconquest of the city and consecrate the mosque in a Catholic church, under the advocation of Parochial Major Church of the Reales Alcázares and of Our Lady of the Assumption. From the year 1259 it was called Collegiate Church and since the year 1852 it has the title of Parochial Major Church, when losing the condition of Collegiate. It was the third church declared as a minor basilica in the diocese of Jaén, in 2014.
Written April 17, 2019
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Terry W
Ramsbury, UK148 contributions
Another attrcative building
Sep. 2018 • Couples
There are so many places to visit in Ubeda which each have a religious significance. It is difficult to appreciate just how good these places are and how impressive bearing in mind the history. This place is worth a visit
Written October 7, 2018
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Graham R
Baza, Spain375 contributions
Interesting but heavily restored church
Aug. 2018 • Couples
Originally built as a Catholic Church on the site of a mosque in the13th century, this church has undergone many changes, including a 28 year renovation completed in 2011. Much of the interior is Gothic in origin and the exterior has had renaissance modifications in keeping with the rest of the Vazquez Molina Square where it is situated. Nowhere as ornate as the nearby Capella del Salvador, it is still worth a visit. Entrance fee includes an audio guide and allo half an hr to an hour to explore. From inside the church there are two further outside areas, one with a magnificent view over the Sierra de Cazorla, and another cloistered courtyard with some interesting tombstones.
Written August 26, 2018
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Martin T
Ottery St. Mary, UK2,428 contributions
ONE OF A NUMBER OF LANDMARK BUILDINGS IN THE PLAZA
Jun. 2018 • Couples
A much-altered church that seems to have suffered greatly in the Spanish Civil War with parts of the structure and the artwork dating from after that time. The highly decorated façade is impressive. If you take the audio tour, you need to go and stand outside for some of the later material – or otherwise be totally confused!
Written July 2, 2018
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crawford g
Aberdeen, UK1,551 contributions
You pays yer money....
Jun. 2018 • Couples
A pretty average experience visiting this church. Spain is catching on to the habit of charging entry to religious buildings. I have always thought it best for a personal offering here (would probably donate more than the fee) but hey, that's capitalism. The church is mostly devoid of glitz, which gives you a chance to look at the interesting architecture and vaulting. At least it was cooler than outside.
Written June 24, 2018
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VWriter
Los Gatos, CA902 contributions
Ubeda's Main Church Goes Back to the 1200's
Mar. 2018 • Friends
This cathedral was founded on the grounds of a mosque and has had changes made through several centuries. Now its mixed styles are dominated by Renaissance elegance, the period when the most funding went into its maintenance and development. We were taken with this outstanding cathedral and very glad that we saw it.
Written April 20, 2018
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