Cordoba Baroque Architecture Route

The Cordoba Baroque Architecture Route takes you on a journey through the baroque art of Andalusia. Baroque architecture is a style that emerged in the late 16th century and is characterized by its ornate details, grandeur and drama. This route includes places such as Priego and Lucena, hometown of F. Hurtado Izquierdo, where the use of stone for façades and stucco, plasterwork, marble and jasper for interiors predominate.


The itinerary for the Cordoba Baroque Architecture Route includes Cordoba, Aguilar, Lucena, Priego and Castro del Río. Along the way, you'll see traditional architecture and learn about the history and culture of the region.

What to See in Cordoba

In Cordoba, there are many interesting places to see. These include the Cathedral with its decoration of vaults, main altarpiece, choir and rechoir; Chapels of La Concepción and of Cardenal Salazar ; churches of Nuestra Señora de Gracia , San Cayetano , San Agustín , San Francisco and San Hipólito ; convents of San Pablo and La Merced (now Diputación Provincial) ; College of Santa Catalina ; Shrine of La Fuensanta and Hermitage of La Alegría ; hospital of Cardenal Salazar (now Philosophy and Literature Faculty) ; La Corredera, designed in the 17th century according to a model of Castillian main squares; and the house of the Counts of Quemadas.

On the Road to Subbética

On the road to Subbética, there are several places worth visiting. These include Fernán Núñez with its church of Santa Marina; Montilla with its churches of El Santo, San Agustín and San Juan de Dios; Aguilar de la Frontera with its eight-sided square; Castro del Río with its church of Jesús Nazareno and Scala Coeli; Baena with its church of San Francisco; and Cabra with its church of San Juan de Dios.


In Lucena, baroque architecture was added in the 17th century with religious orders. The most outstanding building is the Sagrario of the church of San Mateo. Also worthy of note are the churches of El Carmen, San Francisco, San Martín, Las Angustias and hospital of San Juan de Dios; hermitage of Araceli; and house of Torres-Birgos (now Palace of Justice).


Priego reached its peak in the 18th century when the presence of Hurtado and Sánchez de Rueda created a real local school. The main building is the Sagrario of the church of La Asunción. Other churches such as La Merced, San Pedro, San Francisco; hermitages such as La Aurora, El Calvario, Las Angustias; and La Fuente del Rey complete the visit.


The Cordoba Baroque Architecture Route is an unforgettable journey through the baroque art of Andalusia. This route takes you through cities and villages where you'll see traditional architecture and learn about the history and culture of the region. Having your own transportation allows you to discover many sites throughout Andalusia at your own pace. Don't miss this fascinating tour!

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