Jaén´s Cathedral dominates this small city. A vast work of Renaissance art that is going through the process as a UNESCO site of historical importance.
When I first saw it I fell in love not only with the catheral but the plaza and its atmosphere. That´s gone. The gorgeous ancient magnolia trees with stone benches in the shade were ripped out for a better view.
Now we have a boring flat paved area with silly ground-level fountains, an open space of nothingness that does nothing to enhance the cathedral. But I´ve become accustomed to it now, gone is the beauty and duende in with the modern and style-less.
If you´ve never seen the size and majesty of this enormous cathedral in one of Andalucia´s lesser known provinces have a look at this video, it maybe a little too long but has some great vista of the cathedral.
If you´re planning a visit why not check out my nearby holiday home, a great base to explore the area.
Here´s some of my other posts about Jaén...
Jaén City Walkabout
and cathedrals in Andalucia...
and my favourite Paradors.
My Top Five Paradors