| Province and Villages - Cordoba - Sierra Morena
The large northern area of the province of Cordoba is take up entirely by the Sierra Morena and has regions steeped in character such as that of Los Pedroches. The countryside abounds in meadows and oak woods and in parts is dark and grey with granite. The villages also offer a sharp contrast between the hardness of the granite and the softness of the lime. Hinojosa del Duque, as an example, has a very large parish church, the Gothic-Reniassance San Juan Bautista, which is of cathedral - like dimensions and a Mudéjar stuccoed ceiling and Baroque altar-piece. This church is justly considered the best religious building in this region.
In the same region, Belalcazar is surprising for its medieval castle "de los Sotomayor" and its parish churches like that of Santiago. In Torrecampo we can admire the casino, which was once a site of the Inquisition and the Moor's Dwelling - a characteristic building with some excellent picture collections -, as well as the parish of San Sebastián. The regional capital - previously Pedroche - which is famous for tis cheeses and possesses and elegant parish tower, is Pozoblanco. It is an acitve, farming town, with both agrarian and livestock farming. The surrounding countryside combines pastureland with olive groves and even vineyards. Its parish churches such as Santa Catalina and San Sebastián are large. There is small museum which displays moments of the famous local baritone, Marcos Redondo. The festive calendar is very varied and includes many pilgrimages like that of the Virgen de la Luna in Pozoblanco and also many amateur bullfights which take place in various locations including El Viso.
Adjoining Extremadura lies another part of Cordoba's Sierra Morena. It was previously a mining region and today, the mines still dominate the landscape. Here we can find mythical villages such as Fuente Obejuna which has many lovely buildings including the parish church of Nuestra Señora del Castillo, and where the modern architecture from the early XX century can also be seen. In Belmez, the castle, which is built on a rock, is impressive. The centre of the old coal-field is Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo. This region is ideal for hunting, fresh-water fishing, and climbing. A good example is Hornachuelos with its enclosed pastures, reservoirs , fields of cork trees and brooks. Not far away we meet up again with the history when we come to the monastery of Santa María de los Ángeles where the Duke of Rivas set his romantic drama "Don Alvaro o la fuerza del sino".
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