ITINERARY: Jaén - Baeza - Linares - Bailén - La Carolina.
The expansion of the Renaissance in the province of Jaén in the 16th century, imposed a certain "conservatism" upon its architecture in the 17th and 18th centuries and one may see the influence of the classical tradition there more than in other areas of Andalusia. This fact and the creation of colonies in the north of the province, are the underlying points in our tour. The Cathedral at Jaén has a remarkable façade (E. López de Rojas), and so are the choir and the church of El Sagrario (Ventura Rodríguez). Nearby, there are interesting churches: San Bartolomé and La Merced and the convent of Santo Domingo. At Macha Real, worthy of note is the church of San Juan.
Baeza and Úbeda. The hospital of San Igancio is outstanding in Baeza. The hospital of San Juan de Dios at Linares is a good sample of the architecture of this mendicant order.
The Hermitage of Zocueca at Bailén and of Cristo del Llano at Baños de la Encina are two examples of baroque interior decoration. Towards the north, there are the New Settlements of Sierra Morena, urban developments brought about by 18th century reformist and enlightened ideas, generally of an octogonal design and studied layout of main architectural elements, such as church, town hall, granary, prision.
La Carolina (capital of the New Settlements) has a church and Palacio del Intendente worthy of note, Guarromán, Carboneros (parish church) and then there are Navas de Tolosa, Santa Elena and Aldeaquemada.