Places to Visit in Carmona

This is a town which must be seen on foot and without haste by entering the old quarter through the Puerta de Sevilla Alcazar, after having gone up to its battlements for an impressive view of the town and the surroundings, dotted with hermitages. There is a succession of churches and palaces, including the houses of the Rueda, Domínguez, Aguilar and Lasso families and the Marquis de las Torres, many of which are classical in style.

There are also beautiful distinctly Andalusian patios, squares, cupolas, rows of balconies studded with potted plants, steep streets and picturesque corners. Nor is there any lack of sights to see in the outlying arrabal quarter, the area of post-medieval expansion. Here stands the church of San Pedro, with its solid tower reminiscent of Seville's Giralda tower.

Brickwork is masterfully used for both towers and palatial facades - an example is the house of the Baron of Garcia Real - and wall tiles are a recurrent feature. Santiago, located in the higher part of the town, is yet antoher suggestive church, featuring a slender Mudéjar tower and a charming adjoining square. Examples from the Baroque period abound, as elsewhere in Andalusia, and include the mian altarpiece in the Church of San Blas and the one in the Las Descalzas Covent.

Another outstanding example is the San Pedro Sacramental Chapel and the alterations to the Roman Puerta de Córdoba or Cordova Gate, which configure its present appearance. More modern periods have also left their mark on the town, for example, the family orientated Alamada de Alfonso XIII avenue and the peaceful San Fernando Square, which with a fine iron lamp in the centre and surrounded by unique houses, is the heart of the upper part of the town.

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