Castle of Santa Catalina

These shots were taken at the Cruz to the Castillo de Santa Catalina at Jaén city. Jaén city is situated 82 km from Granada and you can get the buses to drive there every half hour in the bus-station at Granada and the trip takes around one hour. The city has a lots of things to lomo and to see and one of those things is the cross (see my photos) that is situated on top of the highest mountain near the city. On this place it is possible to see the whole town of Jaén, all the surrounding mountains and landscape with olive trees.

These shots were taken at the Cruz to the Castillo de Santa Catalina at Jaén city. Jaén city is situated 82 km from Granada and you can get the buses to drive there every half hour in the bus-station at Granada and the trip takes around one hour. The city has a lots of things to lomo and to see and one of those things is the cross (see my photos) that is situated on top of the highest mountain near the city. On this place it is possible to see the whole town of Jaén, all the surrounding mountains and landscape with olive trees.

There you can understand why they say that the city has one sea, the olive field sea that stretches till where your eyes can see. There is also a castle on top of the mountain, it was built by the Arabians when they used to live in this region of Europe but the actual construction is from the Christians. They made some smaller changes, but kept the main towers and the water system. After this the French Napoleon soldiers exploded half of the castle before they left for not leaving any kind of structure that could be used again by the Spanish people to defend themselves. After this they started the reconstruct this destroyed part that is inside of the castle and till today they are discovering lots of archaeological things. These shots were taken on the Santa Catalina day (25th of November). The local old tradition is to go over to the castle to celebrate this day with the family and neighbors eating fried sardines and asking the Santa Catalina statue for giving her blessing. Here around the south of the Spain they have lots of tradition connected to religion and till today its passed by from father to son.

written by fejao on 2008-04-27 in #world #locations #food #university #pub #nightlife

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